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In a Polarized Political Climate Small Iowa Church’s Sign Declaring White Supremacy as a Sin Goes Viral
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As tensions brew across the nation surrounding white supremacy’s effort to hang onto our present and future moments from a not so distant past, this sign identifying this ideology with biblical sin has gone viral. Although more simply stated, the First Christian Church has expressed more clearly than the office of the President its views on the deadly protests in Virginia.
The President’s failure to condemn the alt-right for their actions and hate speech in Charlottesville has opened up critique of the moves made by him and his administration from both sides of the aisle. Republicans are now denouncing the actions of the extremist group Unite the Right and have called the President’s response to the events in Virginia and elsewhere as a “moral disgrace.” The President who initially stated that “white supremacists and other hate groups” are “repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans,” diminished his initial rhetoric by equating the resistance groups that were protesting the presence of the alt-right at the Robert E. Lee statue to the white nationalists. Further, President Trump later advocated for the Unite the Right group by saying that not all of its members were neo-Nazis.
Elle Reeve, VICE News correspondent, who covered the protest and riots in Virginia stated in a CNN interview that the white nationalist groups have accepted Donald Trump’s statement’s as permission to continue with their movement. They, like most critics find his comments to be supportive of their right to free speech and assembly. Reeve commented that she was surprised at how organized the participants of the Unite the Right rally were. She notes that many of these men served in the armed forces and likely with men and women who do not identify as white and male. Many of the protesters came armed and ready to defend themselves in case of an attack. DNC chair and Governor of Virginia Terry McAuliffe tweeted a message urging all involved to head home in response to the car ramming on Water and 4th street which resulted in 19 injured protesters from the Black Lives Matter Movement and the unfortunate death of a young woman, Heather Heyer. McAuliffe said “you are not wanted in this great commonwealth. Shame on you,” to the white supremacists and neo-nazis in Charlottesville that day.