Prof. Alan Jacobs (Baylor U.), What a Clash Between Conservatives Reveals: Even if the secular left has no intention of playing fair in the culture wars, that doesn’t erase the Christian imperatives of civility and decency
Sohrab Ahmari, Against David French-ism
David French, What Sohrab Ahmari Gets Wrong
Professor Jacobs is Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Baylor University, the largest of the country’s Southern Baptist institutions of higher learning. As I read his post, I searched for enlightenment as to how I, an exemplar of the secular left, have been “playing unfairly in the culture wars.” Although I learned much from the post, I regret to report that I gained no insight whatsoever about my own unfairness.
What I did learn—from Sohrab Ahmari—is that
Progressives understand that culture war means discrediting their opponents and weakening or destroying their institutions. Conservatives should approach the culture war with a similar realism. Civility and decency are secondary values. They regulate compliance with an established order and orthodoxy. We should seek to use these values to enforce our order and our orthodoxy, not pretend that they could ever be neutral. To recognize that enmity is real is its own kind of moral duty.
Folks, it’s us versus them.
At least, thank the Lord Buddha, we outnumber them.