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American Renaissance, September 1997. Christianity, Pro and Con; All You Need to Know About White People; O Tempora, O Mores!; Letters from Readers
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 he AR readers’ survey, publishedin the previous issue, reveals consider-able disagreement among subscribersabout the effects of Christianity on thestruggle to preserve Western Civiliza-tion. AR itself takes no position onthis question, but in this issue twothoughtful readers offer alternateviews.
I. How ChristianityHarms the Race
by Michael W. Masters
“The Roman empire did not dieany differently, though, it’s true, moreslowly, whereas this time we can ex- pect a more sudden conflagration. . . .Christian charity will prove itself  powerless. The times will be cruel.” — Jean Raspail, introduction to the1985 edition of 
The Camp Of TheSaints
hristianity, which many believeto be the noblest moral system ever conceived, must now share blame for the dissolution of the West. A faiththat once served as an anchor for Western civilization has become asource for the same self-flagellatingguilt that typifies liberalism. Today,Christianity’s public expression dif-fers only cosmetically from Marxismin its attitudes towards economic re-distribution, equality and racial inte-gration.How has Christianity sunk solow—and our people with it? The an-swer is that it has subverted inbredtraits of altruism that help family andtribe survive, and has transmutedthose traits into agents of passivity andsurrender. Christianity has universal-ized altruism, thus stripping us of our defense against multiracialism. To-day’s Christianity drives us to betrayour own interests to whoever asks. Atthe same time, a preoccupation witheternal reward in the world to come blinds some Christians to the conse-quences of their actions today.
Christianity’s Decline
 Loss of racial loyalty is recent. For centuries, race consciousness posed nomoral dilemma to Christians. That“old-time religion” was good enoughfor Charles Martel when he smashedthe Muslim invasion of Europe in 732at Tours. It was good enough for PopeUrban II when he launched the Cru-sades in 1095. It was good enough for Columbus and Magellan, who claimednewly-discovered lands in the name of  both king and faith. It was goodenough for European colonial masterswho ruled millions of non-whites, un-troubled by egalitarian scruples.Christianity’s divorce from racialconsciousness was both sudden andrecent. Only in the 20th century did“secular humanism” infiltrate virtuallyevery mainline Christian organization.By the 1960s, organized Christianitywas working hand in hand with organ-ized Judaism to dismantle the South’sself-protective wall of racial hierar-chy. The universalist campaign con-tinues to this day, with ordination of women and soon, one fears, homo-sexuals.What transformed the church? The problem is that Christian dogma hasalways contained dangerous moral precepts that undermine the naturalinstinct for group preservation. These precepts may be summarized thus:Sacrifice yourself today for the benefitof others, buoyed by faith in an“eternal reward.”In earlier times, this idea posed lit-tle danger to white survival because itwas preached by whites living in analmost all-white world. Today, on acrowded planet filled with enviousThird-World people, its consequencesare lethal. The mentality of sacrificehas resulted in an inability to assertthe imperative of survival—an im- perative that puts family, tribe andnation at the center of moral life.Christianity must therefore share amajor part of the blame for the abnor-mal belief that we must commit racialsuicide in order to be “moral.” This isnot, of course, to lay blame solely onChristianity, but neither should Chris-tianity escape examination solely be-cause it has long been the guardian of the moral beliefs of Western peoples.
Continued on page 3
Just Christianity hasuniversalized altruism,thus stripping us of ourdefense againstmultiracialism.
American Renaissance - 1 - September 1997
Vol. 8, No. 9 September 1997
Christianity – Pro and Con
There is not a truth existing which I fear, or would wish unknown to the whole world. – 
Thomas Jefferson
 
 
 gence,
Daniel Seligman calls Mr.Kamin "a tireless critic of [IQ] test-ing" and describes
 Not in Our Genes,
which Mr. Kamin coauthored, as"perhaps the most detailed expressionof the extreme environmental case."Mr. Seligman recounts how in oneinstance – concerning the purportedgovernment mismeasurement of Jew-ish immigrants' intelligence – Mr.Herrnstein publicly accused Mr.Kamin of, as Mr. Seligman puts it,"intellectual fraud." Predictably, Mr.Kamin trashed
The Bell Curve.
Why did
Scientific American
turnto him? Clearly the editors had al-ready made up their minds about theslant they wanted – though "slant" isnot a word one likes to associate witha magazine of science.Ted Klein, New York CitySir – There has been some specula-tion in AR about the reasons for thewhite man's decline. After years of wondering, I have begun to think there can only be a biological explana-tion – or least an explanation that liesso close to the heart of Western Civili-zation that it might as well be biologi-cal.Only something very deep can ex- plain the
universality
of white capitu-lation. Historical or cultural explana-tions are really plausible only for theUnited States – you actually
are
"anation of immigrants," and you ex- ploited blacks and dispossessed Indi-ans. The latter acts can still be thrownin your faces as recent, still-living ra-cial sins.But why did the Swedes give hun-dreds of millions of dollars to the an-ti-Apartheid forces? Why do we Brit-ish practice affirmative action? Whyis the France-for-the-French leader Jean-Marie LePen still a pariah? Whydo the Dutch import throngs of Carib- bean blacks and Surinamese? Whycan't the Germans send home theTurkish guest workers? No European nation has a historylike yours to make it vulnerable tomulti-racial appeals, yet each prac-tices the same kind of slow self-slaughter. Although an inherent ten-dency towards degeneration violates Nature's rules, what else can accountfor this universal – and exclusivelywhite – phenomenon?Joseph Pitfield, Birmingham,EnglandSir – I found the readers' surveyfascinating and read with greatest in-terest the names of people readers proposed as having helped or harmedour race. I was disgusted to see thatAdolph Hitler leads the list of non-Americans who have presumablyhelped the white race. It is difficultfor me to imagine a worse choice.Even if one agreed with
every one
of Hitler's objectives, he failed toachieve them. As far as our race isconcerned, his only real effect was todemonize the very measures neces-sary for our survival. His legacy has been an unparalleled disaster for our race, and if we go to the wall he will bear a considerable part of the blame.Cullen Atwood, Fort Worth, Tex.Sir – Congratulations on bringingon Glayde Whitney as a regular con-tributor. He is just what we needed toround out an already excellent maga-zine. Not only are his articles brief, upto the minute, and to the point, he pro-vides references for the doubters. AsCasey Stengel used to say, "you canlook it up." Whatever you did to getProf. Whitney to join in the fun, keepit up.R. Travis Osborne, Athens, Ga.
We publish the following letter asa contrast to the O Tempora item on page 12, "Patriots All. " 
Sir – My father left northernGreece in 1912 in order to escape poverty and Turkish atrocities. Hewent to Panama and worked on thecanal until its completion and thenAmerican Renaissance - 2 - September 1997
 Letters from Readers
 came north and joined the U.S. Armyduring the First World War. After-wards he lived and worked in SanDiego, Monterey, and finally SanFrancisco. He taught himself to speak,write, and read English and never ac-cepted a dime of aid, even during theworst of times. His respect and regardfor America, its ideals and culturewas boundless. This elegant, produc-tive, gentle man was buried 20 yearsago with the U.S. flag on his casket – in accordance with his repeated re-quests.Art Johns, Stockton, Cal.Sir – I have never seen a moredevastating and effective attack on theadvantages of "diversity" than JaredTaylor's cover story in the July-Au-gust issue. He describes himself as"shooting fish in a barrel," but he istoo modest. Original and insightfulobservations may seem obvious
after 
someone has put them into words, butit takes real talent to describe some-thing that is right in front of all of our noses but that no one else has quitemanaged to see. What a pity that Mr.Taylor's essay cannot be reprinted in a publication more people will read.Alice Hopewell, Morgantown,W.V.Sir – As an addendum to your Junediscussion of political correctness inthe science magazines, let us not for-get
Scientific American's
appallingtreatment of 
The Bell Curve.
Instead of commissioning a dispas-sionate scientific appraisal of the book, the editors gave it to LeonKamin, a long-time enemy of RichardHerrnstein. In
 A Question of Intelli-
 
Continued from page 1
What then, are the beliefs thatcharacterize today’s self-destructiveChristianity? They are altruism anduniversalism. These two beliefs sodominate public Christian discoursethat they are contradicted from nomore than a handful of pulpits—evenin the American South, where minis-ters once invoked God in defense of segregation.
Altruism
 Let us first consider altruism, theGood Samaritan reflex. The GoldenRule—which is the ideal of Christianconduct—exalts altruism, or acts beneficial to others without regard for one’s own interests. If followed byeveryone, surely the Golden Rulewould produce world peace and har-mony.In fact, universal altruism has un-intended consequences, some of which are shocking to Christian sensi- bilities. Biologist and human ecolo-gist, Garrett Hardin, explained why inhis 1968 essay, “The Tragedy of theCommons:” “
Conscience is self-eliminating from a population.
“ (Thetragedy of the commons is the ten-dency to over-exploit any resourcethat is available for all to share butthat exacts little or no cost from anyone user.) Prof. Hardin first makes his point with respect to voluntary birthcontrol, then generalizes it:“People vary. Confronted with ap- peals to limited breeding, some peo- ple will undoubtedly respond to the plea more than others. Those whohave more children will produce alarger fraction of the next generationthan those with more susceptible con-sciences . . . . The argument here has been stated in the context of the popu-lation problem, but it applies equallywell to any instance in which societyappeals to an individual exploiting acommons to restrain himself for thegeneral good—by means of his con-science. To make such an appeal is toset up a selective system that workstoward the elimination of consciencefrom the race.”Conscience is eliminated becauseit is not randomly distributed in a population but is to some degree in-herited from parents. Even if willing-ness to restrict breeding for the goodof all is only slightly heritable, an ap- peal to conscience will steadily re-move it from the population. The factthat
 self-sacrificing 
conscience, or ina broader sense, unfettered altruism,is self-eliminating is a fundamentaltruth with which any lasting moralorder must contend.There must be a dual code of mo-rality—one for one’s own group andanother for everyone else. Harsh asthis may sound both to Christians andnon-Christians, nature will inexorablyeliminate the flawed genes of anygroup that fails to make this distinc-tion.In fact, we take the dual code for granted. We devote much of our lives
American Renaissance
Jared Taylor, Editor Stephen Webster, Assistant Editor James P. Lubinskas Contributing Editor George McDaniel, Web Page Editor  — — — — — — American Renaissance is published monthly by the New Century Foundation. NCF is governed by section501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code; contribu-tions to it are tax deductible.Subscriptions to American Renaissance are $24.00 per year. First-class postage isan additional $6.00. Subscriptions to Canada (first class) and overseas (surface mail)are $30.00. Overseas airmail subscriptions are $40.00. Back issues are $3.00 each.Foreign subscribers should send U.S. dollars or equivalent in convertible bank notes.Please make checks payable to: American Renaissance, PO. Box 527, Oakton, VA22124. ISSN No. 1086-9905, Telephone: (703) 716-0900, Facsimile: (703) 716-0932,Web Page Address: www.amren.com Electronic Mail: AR@amren.com
 American Renaissance - 3 - September 1997to rearing our own children but weignore the children of strangers—anobvious double standard. We save thelives of our comrades in battle but wekill the enemy—another double stan-dard. The universal altruism of theGolden Rule undercuts both forms of group loyalty. After all, we might wellwish that strangers
would 
devotethemselves to our children. If we took the Golden Rule seriously we mightthen devote ourselves to the childrenof others and neglect our own. Like-wise the Golden Rule might require usto betray our own side to the enemy,inasmuch as that is what we mightwant done for us. Clearly, groups andindividuals that behaved this waywould not pass on their perverted mo-rality to many descendants.Some will object that Prof. Har-din’s prediction about the self-elimination of conscience is demon-strable false, since it still exists. Nev-ertheless, what matters is the timescale. Conscience-obsessed Westernman is declining in numbers, and hismorality and behavior are decliningwith him.
Universalism
 Today’s Christians have confusedthe Biblical injunction to be our  brother’s keeper—a moral code basedon blood kinship—with the oppositenotion that every human on earth isour brother. More than a century ago,Pierre-Joseph Proudhon observed, “If everyone is my brother, I have no brothers.” Prof. Hardin adds:“Universalism is altruism practiced
without discrimination
of kinship, ac-quaintanceship, shared values, or pro- pinquity in time or space.”Biblical testimony on universalismis, in fact, mixed. The Old Testament praises altruism only within the com-munity, and commands the Childrenof Israel to shun other peoples. For example, Deuteronomy 7:2-3 reads:“2 When the Lord thy God shalldeliver them before thee, thou shaltsmite them, and utterly destroy them;thou shalt make no covenant withthem, nor shew mercy unto them; 3 Neither shalt thou make marriageswith them; thy daughter thou shalt notgive unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son. . . .”One finds national and presumablyracial separatism in the New Testa-ment as well. Acts 17:26 reads, “[He]
A self-sacrificingconscience andunfettered altruism, areself-eliminating.

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