Hellenized David French Attacks Christians

Hellenized David French Attacks Christians

Hellenized David French Attacks Christians

It’s not like we haven’t been here before with the Convenient Christian David French, lifting his eyebrow and expressing his horror over the more passionately demonstrative members of his claimed brethren. However, in his latest broadside, French asserts certain Christians (and Trump) are threats to America.

This is a grievous and dangerous time for American Christianity. The frenzy and the fury of the post-election period has laid bare the sheer idolatry and fanaticism of Christian Trumpism. (snip)

There is no other way to say this. A significant movement of American Christians—encouraged by the president himself—is now directly threatening the rule of law, the Constitution, and the peace and unity of the American republic.

French has been freaked out by the literally peaceful marches in D.C. yesterday. He links this video in his column and prefaces it:

Listen to the words. Feel the fury. Look at the men behind the preacher with the rifle images on their shirt, and ask yourself, is this not dangerous?

In spite of the fact that French has a multi-ethnic family (and he will frequently remind you of that) I wonder if he’s ever set foot in any Black Church. And a t-shirt with a rifle on it is … what? Somehow an unacceptable provocation where the ubiquitous Che/Marx/Mao/Sycle-and-hammer t-shirts are not?

And that’s where I think French went off the deep end. After years of cocktail party conservatism and doing some honorable work on religious freedom issues, he lost himself into a political mode of thinking that has been dubbed “David French-ism”.

Such talk—of politics as war and enmity—is thoroughly alien to French, I think, because he believes that the institutions of a technocratic market society are neutral zones that should, in theory, accommodate both traditional Christianity and the libertine ways and paganized ideology of the other side. Even if the latter—that is, the libertine and the pagan—predominate in elite institutions, French figures, then at least the former, traditional Christians, should be granted spaces in which to practice and preach what they sincerely believe.

Well, it doesn’t work out that way, and it hasn’t been working out that way for a long time—as French well knows,

David is so enamored of the secular Leftwing elite life-style, he calls himself a libertarian as an excuse to allow them to dominate. As long as he has a toe-hold in media, is still friends with inside-the-beltway power brokers, he’ll not only shrug off the increasing demands of submission to the Leftwing orthodoxy but actively shove dissenters down the stairs.

David isn’t so much an observant Christian as he is as as “Hellenized” as were a faction of Jews in 165 BCE when the Maccabees had had enough and revolted against assimilation – what is celebrated today as Hanukkah.

When Ptolemy took Jerusalem, he did so cruelly, enslaving many. When the Selucid king Antiochus took it from the Ptolemaic Empire, he was crueler still to the holy city. Even so, there were Jews who were seduced by the politics and pleasures of the scions of Macedon. Hellenistic Jews vied for political power against the traditional Jews, and established Grecian institutions and acted out of disdain of Jewish customs. This faction welcomed Antiochus’ rule. This rule demanded submission of Jewish tradition to Hellenism; Grecian culture, philosophy, and religion. In the Jewish Temple an idol of Zeus was established and swine were sacrificed on the altar. Circumcision was banned under penalty of death for both mother and child. Sacred books were burned, their study forbidden. The Hellenistic Jews welcomed this new order, and helped perpetuate it.

French’s Hellenized Christianity enjoys being accepted by the cultural Left precisely because there is little to no Leftist cultural or political stance that won’t be embraced by one such “Christian” church or another.

But those icky Christians who preach in public? Who politely demur when told to bake the cake or affirm that trans women are women? The ones who don’t want to pay taxes to support Drag Queen Hour at the local library?

David views those kind of Christians with the same emotional reaction that New York City mayor DeBolshevik views religious Jews.

And French’s studied air of we must all get along and stop the conspiracy theories rings especially false given the years he put towards promoting the Russian collusion hoax and his rabid NeverTrumpism. Not once has he written about Antifa and only alluded to riots in Portland when he criticized Trump for even daring to send in security for a Federal building.

DavidFrenchism is why we got a President Trump because non-Hellenized Christians watched as a Progressive-run government and culture has actively sought to remove them (and religious Jews) from the public square. As Obama was wont to say “you have a freedom to worship” — alone, inside your head, let’s stop with this freedom to the free exercise of religion nonsense. If you have to sign a loyalty oath diversity and inclusion statement as a requirement of hiring, just do it. You don’t really have to believe it.

It’s not like your church has had to put a statue of Zeus behind the altar.

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14 Comments
  • Mary says:

    Dear Sir, are pro abortionist Christians?

  • Tim says:

    Darleen,

    Spot on. I met Mr. French and his wife a few years ago. Pleasant enough fellow. While I appreciate his service to our country I became wary at his mouth foaming support of Mitt Romney. It’s been downhill since. Almost every article he’s written since 2016 has been a variation on Orangeman Bad or Christians who don’t agree with him are deranged. What will he write about if biden is president? Will he castigate Christians who voted for an abortion advocate who is a vile nonstop liar? I say probably not.

    • Willard Fleetwood says:

      What “service to our country”? He was a damn JAG, sitting in an air conditioned office in the green zone, trying to put US servicemen in prison for killing the enemy.

  • Dave Hunter says:

    French may as well join up with the Lincoln Project traitors, he’s there in his ideology already.

  • Velouria226 says:

    In so sick and tired of the Jonah Goldberg/David French fake conservatives undermining all things conservative every time they open their foul mouths. Maybe it’s time thst republicans recognize that the principled conservatives hace been the enemy all along and that it’s time for the divorce.

  • Pablo says:

    When you find yourself citing Aaron Rupar to support your position, you really need to rethink it.

  • Dirtnapninja says:

    Vichy Conservatism at its best

  • David Kane says:

    BRAVO! I love to see turncoats like French torn into shreds. Self-awareness is an unknown concept to him. Like so many #NeverTrump from NationalReview (Wm. F. Buckley spins in his grave), French is a filthy slimy Swamp creature with a snake’s forked tongue, slithering through life as a “thinker”.
    POTUS Trump’s biggest accomplishment, in my estimation, is exposing these frauds for who they really are: self-serving scum, offering cruises on a garbage scow.
    If French winds up in Heaven, I don’t want to go there (just like I don’t want to take a bath in lizard excrement).

  • SDN says:

    David French is a Pharisee. Always has been.

  • anonymous says:

    I don’t fully agree with the author. I do think French has gone overboard in his opposition to Trump. While he has legitimate grievances with Trump’s style, Trump has been more conservative and more pro-life than any President since Reagan. I think he’s trying too hard not to get sucked in to some perceived cult of personality relating to Trump, and he’s simply trying too hard.

    Feel free to criticize Trump when you think he deserves it. Count him down on style points, but also give him credit where it’s due. He nominated three strong justices and Bush nominated Roberts…. (need I say any more?). He’s been right on China, he’s been right on immigration, he was right on NATO partners NOT fulfilling their commitments, he’s gotten troops out of the Middle East (not bad for a war-monger, LOL), and he’s been spot on with Iran, which has served as a catalyst for the peace treaties between Israel and various muslim countries. I’d like to see French write a series of articles about how Trump was a game changer for good in all these areas, but I won’t hold my breath.

  • candycandy says:

    I must say, upon a short term studying the photo of French, I see an uncanny resemblance to a smelly, destructive rodent. Coincidence?? I think not.

  • Philip Sells says:

    I’m not really comfortable with the title of the article. My first thought was that this was about a Greek matter; maybe Mr. French had criticized Protestant missionaries in Greece for some misdeed there or something. It turned out, of course, to be nothing of the kind. I don’t say outright that the title was misleading, since the historical Maccabean context is real, but the wording does leave the door open for a misunderstanding.

  • GWB says:

    directly threatening the rule of law, the Constitution, and the peace and unity of the American republic
    This is what a ‘conservatism’ that is always “half full” leads to. He thinks TRUMP threatens the rule of law> Where the F*** has he been the 8 years before that? Oh yeah, writing columns about how we shouldn’t talk civil war or anything like that because… it “threatens the rule of law.” WHO is violating the Constitution, Msr. French?

    And “unity”?!? Just who is it that is dividing us by race and class and locale? It isn’t Trump. It isn’t even the quisling Republicans (like French).

    cocktail party conservatism
    Oh please. It is cocktail party Chamber of Commerce and cocktail party piety.

    he believes that the institutions of a technocratic market society
    And right there you’ve left conservatism. He has always been part of the technocratic push – we should live our lives “guided” by our betters, the Experts. Well, to put it in terms Frenchy can understand: Jesus died on the cross so we wouldn’t have to have a priest intervene with God on our behalf, and free markets happened so we wouldn’t have to go to a diviner – an Expert – to figure out how much to sell our cow for.

    it doesn’t work out that way
    Hell, even John Adams knew that. Maybe if French spent less time with his nose in the air and more time with it in history, he’d have figured that bit out.
    Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.

    If you have to sign a loyalty oath diversity and inclusion statement as a requirement of hiring, just do it you’re not really free.
    FIFY

    It’s not like your church has had to put a statue of Zeus behind the altar.
    No, just a poster of the local tyrant and a mask over your face.

    And, I’ll end with this (from the tyrant Northam):
    You don’t have to sit in the church pew for God to hear your prayers.
    No, but you DO have to commune together, fellowship together, and worship together, by the LORD’s commands.
    For me, God is wherever you are.
    Well, yes, for YOU. Because you worship self. For a Christian, the LORD is glorified partly by His people gathering together and praising His name. TOGETHER. Joyously. With hymns and psalms and spiritual songs. With humble acknowledgement that the LORD is God and we are not. No, Ralph, not even you.

    French needs to put himself in Paul’s shoes in 1 Timothy 1:15, rather than Christ’s.

  • MarkJ says:

    French would have been a lot more comfortable with “German Christianity” of the 1930’s and 40’s than he’d care to admit.

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