Well … you tell me …
And then there’s this …
Now, if there are folks out there who want to remind me that the recent mass murders at San Bernardino, California, are “Why I Do Not Want Islam In the United States” (right, Connie Chastain?) … meaning that she believes that all people of that faith are potential terrorists, then what are we to make of southern nationalists like herself … given that the threat of violence is the current trademark of the League of the South (an organization that has called Ms. Chastain a member more than once)?
Yet you won’t have Ms. Chastain take Hines seriously. Why is that? Skeered that she’d fall out of favor with her fellow white nationalists? Or is it okay for people to threaten terrorist violence, so long as they are white people like Ms. Chastain? Or maybe she just doesn’t like children unless they are sweet (white) southern boys.
Nor is that all. If Ms. Chastain really believes that we must condemn a whole religion because of the horrible behavior of a few people who profess allegiance to these ideas, then she needs to notice how Hill reminds us all the time that his understanding of the South he wants is not only white but also Christian. Thus it stand to reason that unless Ms. Chastain is a bigoted hypocrite, she wants Christians ousted from the United States to protect Americans from violent acts.
We believe that these mass killings and the threat of more mass killings have become a problem that must be addressed, even as we are aware that it will be a difficult process that will rouse intense debate. But for someone to rant about San Bernardino as a way to attack Islam while ignoring what sparked Dylann Roof (enamored of the Confederacy) and Michael Hill & Pat Hines (see above), to say nothing of complete silence concerning Colorado Springs … well, it’s just more evidence that Connie Chastain isn’t outraged about mass murders (actual and threatened) unless she can cultivate her bigotry.
[UPDATE: Note: Ms. Chastain labels these mass killings as terrorism. Fine by me. She’s thus admitting that the League of the South’s Hines advocates terrorism, and she’s not all that bothered by it. At most she thinks it’s tactically flawed.]
And that, folks, is why Confederate heritage has become what it is … not about honoring service, but about political activism in pursuit of a particular agenda.
I don’t think Susan Hathaway or the Virginia Flaggers will disavow this, either. After all, we know who does their heavy hitting … Connie Chastain.