Steve Bannon attacks godless secularism.
Bannon, Donald Trump’s newly named chief strategist and the CEO of far-right media outlet Breitbart News, is not fond of godless secularists.
Bannon believes the world is in a global and economic crisis, and the fault rests with Islam and secularism.
In the summer of 2014 Bannon shared his big-picture view of the world to a conference held inside the Vatican. In a series of remarks delivered by Skype, Bannon said that godlessness had “sapped the strength of the Judeo-Christian West to defend its ideals.”
BuzzFeed published the transcript of Bannon’s remarks at the conference hosted by the Human Dignity Institute and attended by some of Europe’s most conservative religious voices.
Speaking about the problem of secularism, Bannon said:
I certainly think secularism has sapped the strength of the Judeo-Christian West to defend its ideals, right?
If you go back to your home countries and your proponent of the defense of the Judeo-Christian West and its tenets, often times, particularly when you deal with the elites, you’re looked at as someone who is quite odd. So it has kind of sapped the strength.
In addition to secularism, Bannon also believes Islam has weakened the pillars of Western, Judeo-Christian, ideal:
But I strongly believe that whatever the causes of the current drive to the caliphate was — and we can debate them, and people can try to deconstruct them — we have to face a very unpleasant fact: And that unpleasant fact is that there is a major war brewing, a war that’s already global. It’s going global in scale, and today’s technology, today’s media, today’s access to weapons of mass destruction, it’s going to lead to a global conflict that I believe has to be confronted today.
… the economic sphere cannot be separated from the moral one in a truly Christian nation. So I think the discussion of, should we put a cap on wealth creation and distribution? It’s something that should be at the heart of every Christian that is a capitalist — ‘What is the purpose of whatever I’m doing with this wealth? What is the purpose of what I’m doing with the ability that God has given us, that divine providence has given us to actually be a creator of jobs and a creator of wealth?’
For the record, the United States is not a Christian nation.
Bannon has been widely denounced as being racist, sexist, and anti-Semitic. On Wednesday, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders called on President-elect Donald Trump to remove Bannon’s appointment to the White House.
Speaking for many, Sanders said:
Over the years, we have made progress in becoming a less discriminatory and more tolerant society – and we are not going backward.
The appointment by President-elect Trump of a racist individual like Mr. Bannon to a position of authority is totally unacceptable.
In a democratic society, we can disagree all we want over issues, but racism and bigotry cannot be part of any public policy.
Bottom line: According to Steve Bannon, Trump’s new chief strategist, if you’re not a white Christian, you’re part of the problem.