In reading this last chapter in C&N, I was really struck by the evidence of such hatred and then I read some more and realized why. The author mentioned something that struck me as very important, he said we wouldn’t hear much about these groups online because these are websites that you have to look for. So, naturally I would never look for them, but I thought about who might. Those who are young and ignorant might find something in these twisted writings to identify with? Those that have felt marginalized? They prey on people who don’t think for themselves.
The thing that really disturbs me the most is, on one hand it is about advancing some great values and then it spews hate in the name of religion. I feel like that is the worst thing you can do in the name of religion. They are subtle, and they are accessing the internet and finding new ways to reach people, to pretend they are a different group. When I saw that the group trying to enlightened children was put out by David Duke, I am not even a knowledgeable person when it comes to this stuff but being a History major, we are taught to read about the author and see why they wrote this stuff. I remember him years ago spewing his same hate. Dangerous people, they certainly are.
Those people ought to be ashamed, to try to trick children into believing terrible things that are un-true by using a music CD. It is disturbing to me too as a parent, I would be livid if my son or daughter came home with something like that. The sad fact of the matter is, we will always have people like this, they have the anonymity of the internet to get material that they wish and share with those people who believe as they do. Just being aware that they are out there is education to protect ourselves. Always see who is putting this information out, and who they are and what have they done in the past.
To speak to the religious aspect of these readings, it is interesting how they feel threatened when a women has a brain to think for themselves. They make it seem like white women are seduced by priests and feminist thinking, they need guidance. Things were fine when the men were in charge, but were they really? If I know my history, I will see that women were second class citizens and barely got to vote because of these outstanding leaders. We were supposed to only be mothers, and take care of the home, not be too educated because then we would get ideas.
I guess I just get perplexed about things like this. I don’t understand why we need to hate people, make up lies about them, and push agenda that is contrary to Christ. I am looking through my lenses and I am really thankful for this class because it has opened my eyes so much to this stuff. Things that I believed have changed dramatically. I have never believed hateful stuff, but I was not always aware of all the information. That is changing, thankfully!!!