The neo-Nazis and white supremacists who marched in Charlottesville a year ago have secured a permit to parade their hatred this week-end in Washington, DC. What a vivid illustration of the utter moral failure of the Trump White House and administration. But that aside, what do people of good will do when the haters parade?
Should people counter-protest? Obviously many will and the exercise of their free speech to denounce haters and hatred is probably a good thing.
Should people fight and attack the haters, neo-Nazis and white supremacists? As tempting as that may sound to some it is not only self-defeating but actually empowers them. Nazis and white supremacists were defeated in WWII and of course white supremacy was defeated in the Civil War. These paraders are the defeated. It is a sad and pathetic spectacle.
So I am going to do two things. I’m going to worship this week-end along with millions of other Americans who will be praying and thanking God for mercy and justice in mosques, synagogues and churches across the United States. MILLIONS of us who believe in love and justice will worship. The neo-Nazis and white supremacists might have 500 people show up in their parade. They could have 5,000 and it would come absolutely no where near the number of people who believe in the more noble calling of loving God and neighbor. I know there are denominations and churches that plan to rally elsewhere in the city and that’s great. But I’m “rallying” by worshipping with the People of God. That act of devotion dwarfs the pitiable band of haters who will be banging their trash-can-lid shields.
The second thing I’m doing is ignoring this parade of defeated, sad and pathetic haters. I won’t go near them. Won’t shout at them or try to have a rational discussion with them. I certainly won’t be trying to violently attack them. The ignore button will be on.
The most important thing we can do is vote in November. Those who have abandoned civility, abandoned their oaths of office to protect and defend the constitution, and betrayed the the sick, the poor, the elderly and the workers of this country need to be voted out of office. So do that this Fall. Because the ballot is still more powerful than a gun.
Neo-Nazis and white supremacists! Go home. Go back to your homes and ponder how you chose to walk a path of hatred and by doing so, have diminished yourselves.