I want to say a few things about what happened in Charlottesville, but before I get there I want to first set the scene by talking about one of the most egregious errors of the modern world, which is the misunderstanding of how guilt is apportioned.
Let’s begin by imagining a squabble between two siblings. We’ll call them Joseph and Sam. They are arguing over a toy, and eventually Joseph snatches it, even though it belongs to Sam. Unhappy that his toy has been snatched, Sam takes it upon himself to pick up a stick and start whacking Joseph with it.
Joseph starts wailing and comes to his mother to complain that his brother was hitting him with a stick. Of course he doesn’t tell the whole story, but in the course of her investigation, she discovers that prior to being hit, Joseph had snatched the toy from his brother, even though it didn’t belong to him.
Now, which child is guilty? The answer is of course both. Joseph is guilty for snatching something which didn’t belong to him, and Sam is guilty of whacking his brother. But there is an extra dimension. Of the two actions, the sin of snatching is obviously less serious than the sin of whacking, so in one sense we might say that Sam is guilty of the greater sin.
However, the thinking that has become prevalent in modern times doesn’t stop there. It doesn’t just ask us to consider who is guilty of the greater sin, but rather asks us to consider whose guilt is the greatest. This might seem like a subtle difference, and even nit-picking, but actually the consequences of misunderstanding this are huge.
Think of it like this. Imagine guilt as a pie. Call it a “Guilt Pie” if you like. When a sin or a crime is committed, the way we are being taught to think is that it can be sliced up in order to apportion guilt. So in the scenario above, because Joseph’s sin of snatching was not as serious as Sam’s sin of whacking his brother with a stick, we look at the Guilt Pie and say that Joseph has about 25% of it, and Sam 75%.
This might seem sort of logical, but actually it’s a complete fallacy. There isn’t one Guilt Pie, there are two. Joseph has his own Guilt Pie, and 100% of it is his. Sam also has his own Guilt Pie, and he too owns 100% of it. Yes, Joseph’s Pie is smaller than Sam’s, but they are both 100%. So between them they have 200% guilt.
The reason this is so important to grasp is that if we think of guilt as being One Pie, we inevitably end up tending to either excuse or diminish at least one person’s sin. So if we take the One Pie approach, Joseph will try to minimise his guilt by pointing out that Sam’s is greater than his. And Sam will want to try and diminish his guilt by pointing the finger at Joseph as being the instigator of the whole thing. Yet the truth is that both are guilty. Both are 100% guilty. The fact that Sam’s sin was the greater sin, doesn’t in anyway diminish the fact that Joseph is 100% guilty of his sin. And the fact that Joseph sinned, doesn’t in anyway diminish the fact that Sam is 100% guilty of his.
And so onto Charlottesville. The idea of white supremacy ought to be repugnant to everyone reading this, and if it isn’t then I suggest you go and read Genesis 1:27-28 over and over and over again, until the message sinks in and you fall on your face before God, repenting of despising him and those he made in his image.
And yet there were thugs on the other side, weren’t there? Yes there were, and they were the same sorts of thugs that have been committing acts of senseless violence for the past few years, apparently in the name of opposing fascism. But whenever anyone tries to mention the fact that there were thugs on the other side, they get howled down in a deafening chorus: You are defending fascists.
How so? How is pointing out the odious thuggishness of the Antifa anarchists defending white supremacists? Maybe I’m just too thick to get it, but I’m not quite understanding how pointing out the obvious on one side means that I’m giving the other side any let off. It’s such a ludicrous idea as to be almost laughable. I don’t know about you, but personally I’m against people smashing people and things with baseball bats, regardless of their alleged reasons and ideology for doing so. Aren’t you?
Part of the reason is that the left doesn’t want to admit that there is a problem with many on its side, even when we see them plainly dressed for violence and armed with sticks, bats and clubs. And so they make out that anything other than a 100% denunciation of the white supremacists, along with zero condemnation of the Antifa mob is somehow giving oxygen to the white supremacists. You can condemn the neo-Nazis 100 times over, but if you then criticise the Antifa mob just once, you’ve somehow watered down your condemnation of the Nazis.
Sorry folks, but this is just plain bonkers. White supremacists are vile and despicable. Period. And the Antifa anarchists who claim to be opposing fascism are vile and despicable too. Period. Back to the Guilt Pie: those white supremacists who used violence are 100% guilty. And those Antifa goons who used violence are also 100% guilty. Both are 100% guilty. 200% guilt.