On Charlottesville

|| by Will Galloway ||

Columbia – Over the course of the past week, the United States has been shaken to its core. We have seen white nationalists march on one of our most historic cities, the radical left respond, and protests turn deadly. We have also seen a President’s disheartening equivocation in condemning the protests, a Missouri State Senator call for the assassination of that President, and tensions across all lines reach a fever pitch.

First, let me say that all forms of racial prejudice are wrong and immoral, and this includes the Ku Klux Klan, Neo-Nazis, and all other white supremacists. We are all children of the same God, and that is how we should treat our fellow man. And yes, President Trump was correct that there was violence on both sides at Charlottesville, but violence breeds violence, and those that initiate it deserve the strongest condemnation, and he should have made that clear.

Second, we as conservatives cannot allow those masquerading as “the Alt-Right” to hijack what it means to be a conservative in America. Richard Spencer and his ilk seek to take the term conservative for themselves, and we cannot allow them to do so. Our ideology holds that any individual should have the ability to rise as far as possible, without regard to race, ethnicity, creed, or gender, and their movement profess the total opposite of this. We as conservatives have a moral and philosophical imperative to stand up and fight against this new ideology calling itself the “alt-right.”

Finally, we would all be wise to heed the advice of the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 13:13: “Now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. And the greatest of these is love.” Let us all treat our fellow man with love, regardless of their differences from us.

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