By Rebekah Maxwell
A recent controversy over a man allegedly tied to white-supremacist views allegedly being invited to speak at CPAC (link: “Republicans Invite Racist to Speak at CPAC.”) has caused the usual suspects to line up in their typical battle-stance; those convinced the GOP is the party of ignorant racists on one side, and the Republicans ready to defend their team come heck-or-high-water on the other. That leaves the majority of conservatives trapped in a false dichotomy: that their political party always encourages racism (which it does not) or that their party, to a man, could never encourage racism (which cannot be guaranteed).
This author confesses knowing little about the speaker himself or his work. The referenced CPAC speech called “The Failure of Multiculturalism: How the pursuit of diversity is weakening the American Identity” may be interesting observation at best, or rumbling racial tension at worst…but it will not provide any solutions. Why? Because it seeks to cure the symptoms of a greater disease Americans refuse to diagnose.
Let’s define our terms. The real villain of this discussion ought not be “multiculturalism” or the politically-correct notion of diversity. Today, these words often mean the forceful devaluing of one race/people group to build up another. These are reactionary symptoms of a much deeper cultural cancer: the influence of secular humanism.
Secular humanism, in simple terms, has been the notion that Judeo-Christian values should not be promoted, because they are offensive to the general population. This distinction has progressively become the refusal to tolerate even the most minimal expression of conscientious dissent to humanistic policy, as though Christians’ consciences don’t count. Secular humanism declares nothing can be wrong if a culture deems it to be acceptable; there can be, according to this system, no objective standard.
It is this philosophy being taught to western schools with your money. It is this philosophy that deserves the blame that modern “multiculturalism” has gotten. Humanism has led to much of the insecurity in Western culture, because it leaves us incapable of defining who we are. By accepting truth as a relative construct which varies from culture to culture, we’re forced to become empty vessels, without the ability to take a solid stand on right and wrong.
Nature abhors a vacuum. A values-neutral society is an impossible vision; someone’s values will always control our lands and laws. This false goal has led to an incredible loss of what we’d call traditional American rights: from the churches to the classrooms, to the capitol squares, freedom to speak out and serve out a biblical worldview is no longer protected.
White Americans should decry the foisting of arbitrary restrictions on their speech or their identities due to an extremely misguided rush to give the “oppressors” a taste of their own medicine. No person of any color or background should be treated as any less than a valuable soul, created with a purpose. That is the very essence of equality. But when you divorce the concept of equality from its foundation (that is, that we are all valuable because we are all made equally in God’s image), there is no longer any basis for true freedom or fairness. Why not just subdivide people into classes and races, randomly assigning authority and worth based on whatever 51% of the population says? Or even based on what a very vocal 1% says? When we remove respect for the soul of every single individual as the basis of society, we have lost the very mindset that creates freedom of opportunity in the first place.
We cannot allow one extreme (and wrong) reaction, that white people somehow aren’t allowed to have their own identities and non-whites deserve preference, to inspire an opposite but equally baseless reaction; that the values of America mean more to whites than anyone else, or that our country cannot be led by non-whites. Color is not, and should never be, used to judge human worth. Ideology and values are how we judge right and wrong. And unless we return to a firm foundation of objective Truth, our people and our nation will continue to be unstable in all our ways.