The positions of the
WCOTC on subjects as varied as the biological makeup of races, the
roots of civilization's march in China, and the philosophy of
Nietzsche deserve far deeper scrutiny in a separate forum, but it is
safe to say that the views expressed here by representatives of the
WCOTC speak for themselves. The WCOTC has positions about other
aspects of human existence, and they can be explored at http://www.creator.org/.
They also have a site for children at http://www.creator.org/kids/
that speaks for itself.
After the interview, I
believe more than ever that the best way of combating any threat the
WCOTC may present is by letting them express their viewpoint openly.
Although the WCOTC believes that their views will prevail in the end,
I believe that as they express their views, their appeal and mystique
to individuals who otherwise may be attracted to this group will
wither, and as will their argument that their rights to free speech
are being denied.
I remember reading a column by George Will several years back that advocated a ban on a pro-Nazi group's effort to march in the Jewish community of Skokie, Illinois. He argued , and I paraphrase, "To give the marchers to right to march is to give them the right to compete in the political process, and the right to compete means the right to prevail." I used to concur with this position, but now I conclude that free speech has to be considered an absolute; otherwise, who would set the boundaries that establishes who has the right to prevail in the political realm, and who does not? Besides, a society that provides for free expression has a way of sorting everything out in the end. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandies had it right when he said, "If there be time to expose through discussion the falsehood and fallacies, to avert the evil by the processes of education, the remedy to be applied is more speech, not enforced silence."
I do not know whether
the right to free speech carries over to the privilege of Matthew Hale
obtaining his law license, as I don't know what the criteria are for
receiving the license in Illinois. Nor could I speculate about whether
Ben Smith would have gone on the shooting rampage if Hale did get that
license. Perhaps Ben Smith's disposition towards violence was already
too deeply rooted. Nevertheless, the virulent feelings of rage and
generalized resentment that the WCOTC espouses are less likely to
metastasize themselves into violence when allowed to breathe in the
open air. Moreover, any open society requires a basic faith in the
But even if free
speech serves as the best immediate antidote to preventing
organizations like the WTOTC from resorting to violence, what could be
done to prevent individuals from joining the WTOTC in the first place?
I have two separate views on this: one political, and one spiritual.
From a political
standpoint, individuals are far less likely to find racist groups
appealing when the American body politic is succeeding and thriving.
Maintaining a strong economy and culture, where people can remain free
to pursue their endeavors while not being threatened by others, and
where the powerful are held accountable for their actions - this is
America's promise. The World Church of the Creator does not believe in
America the idea, as they only believe in their own ethnic group. But
the American idea is a unique experiment in human history, and it's
worth fighting for, because it holds all human life as being worthy of
dignity. Even if American history is full of examples of this idea
being tarnished, this does not mean we should give up on its promise,
and indeed the real progress that it has made possible.
From a spiritual
standpoint, I can provide no easy answers as to how fewer individuals
can be persuaded to join the WCOTC. The sad fact is that the WCOTC
provides basic human needs to its members, albeit in a perverse way.
The organization provides structure, a set of beliefs that root an
individual to something larger than one's self, and a sense of
camaraderie among its members. Moreover, the uncompromising harshness
of the WCOTC must inculcate its members with a feeling of strength and
of being better than others around them.
It's the easiest thing in the world to sit on a soapbox and to talk about how bad it is for people to reject the basic humanity of others who belong to a different race. And of course, it is. The key is to demonstrate through words and deeds that one cannot affirm anything worthwhile and decent that degrades the worth of others. This is where the ideology of the WCOTC is most vulnerable. Even the most irredeemable soul cannot shield itself from periods of vulnerability from time to time, and the moral imperative that Kant believes that we are all born with. The darkest impulses of our natures are always confounded by the divinity of light.
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© Scott D. Gillette, 2001
View expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Political USA.