Recently, in a column addressing the gradual replacement of the “religious right” with the “alt-right,” Life Site News offered a relatively in-depth overview of the rise of the alternative right-wing movement and its growing dominance in the field of social and political issues. The religious right, or the “Christian right,” is, or rather was, a group of Christian right-wing factions that advocated for a combination of conservative values and an imposed Christian lifestyle on the American populace, often mixing the two frameworks to the point where “conservative” eventually just meant “Christian.”
The advancement of socially Christian positions into the public area is the biggest legacy of the religious right, including the imposition of prayer and intelligent design in public schools, the stigmatization of homosexuality, a staunch position against contraception and abortion, and a protest against embryotic stem cell research. Private Christian universities have played a considerable role in advancing this socio-political Christianized conservativism. Naturally paired with the Christian Republican faction was the conviction to provide aid to foreign countries, with both conservative evangelical organizations and the Grand Old Party (GOP)
The alt-right, however, possesses both considerable overlap and differentiation from the religious right, namely concerning globalism. Whereas the Christian right has been incredibly open to the reception of refugees, with Christian humanitarian organizations providing millions of dollars in aid to foreigners overseas. The most prominent distinguisher between the emerging alt-right movement and Christian conservatism is the approach to nationalism and globalism.
Nationalism is a world that turns the blood of progressives cold. Nationalism naturally denotes the exclusion of non-nationals, and in today’s incredibly multicultural and progressive social landscape, exclusion translates to oppression. With a considerable history of condoning the slave trade in the Old South, prominent organizations within the religious right, namely the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), have attempted to justify their pro-slavery sentiments by taking a social stance on minorities equating to that of globalistic multiculturalism, welcoming Christian conservatives from all cultures into the evangelical movement. This has led to the religious right to become a fairly pro-globalist faction, with the SBC expressing “appreciation for the contributions of African Americans to the faithful Baptist witness in the United States.”
Such a position on minorities is certainly heartwarming, and is expected in the United States; however, it is a position where the alt-right diverges. “How,” an alt-right member may claim, “can a nation thrive if it can not subscribe to a homogeneous cultural, moral, and ethnic identity?” Certainly, dismissing these differences in the name of tolerance and acceptance is extremely common, but it is a dismissal that is being questioned by the alt-right.
It is questioned by the alt-right because the alt-right community is a community deeply entrenched in history. They are familiar with the development and organization of the Roman Empire, and know what led to its sacking. The failure of the Roman Empire was ushered in by waves of unprecedented foreign occupation. The insistence of the Mohammedans that certain traditional European holy lands were theirs led to the Crusades, which some can argue was a phenomenon that is continuing today with the massive influx of Muslim refugees to lands inhabited by indigenous European peoples.
This has led the alt-right to accept the current socio-cultural climate, particularly in Europe, as a sort of historical paradigm. To the alt-right, the occupation of a nation’s territory by foreigners is the genesis of a new crusade, echoing that of the Islamic barbarism that plagued Europe in the Middle Ages. To the alt-right, the acceptance of multiculturalism is the acceptance of national defeat and a signifier of a country’s inability to self-determine; that is, to exist as a homogeneous people.
So, the alt-right acknowledges the reality that multiculturalism leads to the cultural decline of a civilization and ends in nothing less than nationwide failure; however, the religious right, notably in the Christian social sectors, have consciously engaged in the promotion of multiculturalism, excitedly exchanging religious expressions and socio-racial traditions between their nation of residence and third-world countries. The alt-right detests this and everything that has come to fruition because of it.
Fascinatingly, it appears that the alt-right is quickly replacing the religious right in terms of social influence. The average Generation Zer, that is, young men and women born after 1997, have shown that they express more conservative views than the several generations before them, taking hard traditionalist stances on issues such as abortion, gay marriage, and even tattoos and drug abuse. Many are implicitly aware of the current situation, and are realistic in their opinion that multiculturalism can not bring about a prosperous society in the long-term. The generation to come after the voters of the “religious right” will be a generation aware of the genesis of a neo-Crusade situation.
So, move over, Billy Graham, because the alt-right is leading the modern revolt against the sinful ways of the world.