David Barton again:
When tolerance is a sin and hate is a virtue.
I throw that out because we’re getting to the point where tolerance is a bad thing and hate is a good thing. And let me define that: we’re told in, I believe it’s Proverbs 4:13, it says “the fear of the Lord is to hate evil.” Which means that if I’m going to stand for what God stands for, there’s some certain things I have to hate: I have to hate evil, I have to hate murder – well no, you can’t hate, that’s a bad thing … no, hate is a good thing!
I mean hating Nazis, that’s a good thing. And people say “well, you hate their philosophy, you don’t hate the people.” No, I hate people who want to kill other people and I’m sorry that they’re killing others but the guys who were on the Nazi trials at the end, I’m sorry, I just hate what they did. Alright, I love them as a person, yes Jesus died for them, I understand, but I hate certain things.
So we’ve got to get to the point where tolerance is seen as a sin because we’re tolerating a lot stuff that destroys our families, that destroys our own character and we can’t tolerate that stuff. We have to get back to the point where hate is a virtue, at least certain kinds of hate. The fear of the Lord is to hate evil and we need to have a hatred of things and get off this fence of having no passion about anything.
First, this begs for the H.L. Mencken quote on Bryan, “Evangelical Christianity, as everyone knows, is founded upon hate, as the Christianity of Christ was founded upon love. But even evangelical Christians occasionally loose their belts and belch amicably; I have known some who, off duty, were very benignant. …”
Barton is clearly still on duty.
Ed Brayton suggests that Barton simply hates the wrong people. But what strikes me is Barton’s usual lack of self awareness.
The Nazis were very pro-family, at least in their rhetoric. They had to be; Germany’s population growth was stagnant after WWI and the turbulent years following. Like Barton blaming liberals, German conservatives were quick to blame the permissive atmosphere of the Weimar Republic which supposedly encouraged self-centeredness and discouraged the types of sacrifices involved in having large families. Part of their horrid “racial hygiene” policies stemmed from their desire to encourage large, healthy German families.
I’m not intending to Godwin the conversation, nor am I attempting to cast Barton as a proto-Nazi. It’s just that the problem with declaring that it’s alright for the good people to hate the bad people is that everybody – including the Nazis – believes they’re the good people and that the other folks are the bad people.