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Tuesday, October 02 2018

Chances are that when it comes to a “Worst Take on Twitter” weekly award, the top nominees would recently have come from the parade of trash Kavanaugh/Ford/SCOTUS opinions.  But let the record show that there was at least one other that deserves consideration by the judges.

Shane Claiborne considers himself a faith leader, heading up a number of social justice rallies around the country that he refers to as revivals.  One of the founders of the Red Letter Christian movement, Claiborne makes his living these days publicly hating on Donald Trump, Franklin Graham, Jerry Falwell, Jr., and Dr. Robert Jeffress.  In fact, the two recent “revivals” he has organized sprang from his anger with the political views of those latter two men.

Attempting profundity, Claiborne recently tweeted out this spectacular morsel of wisdom:

“As white men move from an entitled majority and our country is increasingly led by women and people of color, a future without nuclear weapons feels within reach. A world where the weapons of colonialism and subjugation are confined to museums seems plausible. Help us Lord.”

First, this doesn’t even make sense.  The idea that “people of color” (by the way, I don’t care if it is the terminology that meets approval from our current politically correct speech tribunal, what a condescending label that is to refer to a group of God’s image bearers) or that women tend towards the dismantling of nuclear weaponry is incredibly ill-informed.  Melanin amounts do not affect a person’s views on modern warfare.  Is this really a matter of debate?

Here’s just a sampling of recent national leaders, none of whom are in fact “white,” who have had the power to reduce or dismantle nuclear weapons, but haven’t: Mao Zedong, Liu Shaoqi, Soong Ching-ling, Dong Biwu, Li Xiannian, Yang Shangkun, Deng Xiaoping, Jiang Zemin, Hu Jintao, Xi Jinping, Margaret Thatcher, Barack Obama, Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy, Giani Zail Singh, R. Venkataraman, Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma, K. R. Narayanan, Dr. A. P.J. Abdul Kalam, Shrimati Pratibha Singh Patil, Pranab Mukherjee, Ram Nath Kovind, Kim Il-Sung, Kim Jong-il, Kim Jong-un, Rafiq Tarar, Pervez Musharraf, Asif Ali Zardari, Mamnoon Hussain, Arif Alvi.

And beyond that, it’s not as though weapons of subjugation entered the world with white men and the advent of Western Civilization.  Everything about this tweet is an intellectual dumpster fire.

But once you remove its jarringly inaccurate content, what are you left with?  Undoubtedly Claiborne (a white male himself) would see his words as contrite and penitent, a lamentation offered up in shame by one born into the oppressing class.   But actually, laid bare, his words are blatant, virulent racism and sexism.  That isn’t socially helpful, it isn’t culturally beneficial, and it isn’t spiritually edifying.  It’s sin.

If these are the kind of comments coming from so-called faith leaders in America, let me echo at least one part of the foolish tweet: Help us Lord.

Posted by: Peter Heck AT 10:15 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email