The recently deceased Tom Wolfe once said of his disparaging leftist critics Norman Mailer and John Updike: “the lead dog is the one they always try to bite in the [butt].” Guttersnipes beget malicious envies, and as kinism demands and receives a higher and higher profile, it is only natural to expect entirely new legions of angry titmice to descend on us, nipping ineffectually at our ankles. Marxist Calvinism is not all about McDurmon and Marinov, though both hold undue influence over the entirety of the new crop of tares sprouting forth in the church. Here is a list of names to take note of. And don’t worry: if you give any one of these an Indian burn, they’ll cry.
John Andrew Reasnor
Public Enemy #1 among our class of rookies, if for no other reason than the incredible amount of spite he harbors in trying to be the big hipster fish in a rapidly evaporating pond. Just what the world was clamoring for: another obese, scraggly-bearded, flannel-clad, cloth-capped Calvinist hipster obsessed with pop culture and determined to shoehorn the tenets of Hayek into the Reformation, that all us fuzzy-brained reactionaries might finally ‘get it’. Way to shoot for the stars, kid: it takes a special kind of slacktivism to emulate Marcus Pittman as a role model…except that Reasnor is so insolent and juvenile he makes Pitty look like Gandalf in an especially ebullient temper. He has tried to muscle his way in front of the parade throwing unwarranted brickbats at Peter Hammond – in anti-kinist language as unyielding and uncivil as that which we must expect from zealots with an axe to grind but who lack the sense to know how to use a whetstone. Witness his Facebook spiel of May 3rd:
Many faithful men and women have warned the Theonomist and Christian Reconstruction Movement about the rotten roots of Kinism. To be very clear, the Doctrine of Kinism ITSELF is blasphemous, however, it also lays the foundation for more radical beliefs. This has been the contention of many within our community, while sadly others have consistently minimized and shrugged off Kinism.
Now, the rotten root of Peter Hammond’s Kinism should be plain for all to see. I pray diligently that everyone will see that the problem didn’t start with denying the Holocaust (which Hammond does), with defending unashamedly Adolf Hitler (which Hammond does), or blatant anti-semitism (which Hammond is guilty of). The problem began with Kinism. With artificially and heretically dividing up the People of God among racial lines. THAT alone is blasphemy. The rest is just the fruit.
Yes indeed, folks – Reasnor is also a raging philosemite who is quick to bestow praise upon the likes of Anne Frank and her fellow non-Christian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and is always eager to equate any form of race realism, whether in Germany, Mississippi, or South Africa, with National Socialism. Almost makes one wonder if Reasnor himself doesn’t come from Judaic stock. ‘Reasnor’ being a variant of ‘Reisner’, it is a traditionally Semitic surname, after all. It would certainly explain his vengeful spirit.
Such a bombastic brat could not help but catch the eye of those two talent scouts McDurmon and Marinov, and the former recruited Reasnor to pimp for the latter’s latest heathen fetish over at American Tunnelvision: deconstructing biblical patriarchy in favor of ‘Christian’ feminism. Of course, being fundamentally dishonest, Reasnor must attempt to pose as an anti-feminist in order to do so. Thus, in a supposedly anti-egalitarian piece of his, Reasnor sees fit to take Christian men to task for their ‘sexual objectification’ of women. This line of argument is more apropos for the criticisms of pornography proffered by the radical feminist Linda Lovelace, but don’t expect Reasnor to see the distinction, or if he does, to care. He is a thorough Millennial in worldview and limited experience, as this passage from his piece demonstrates:
For example, it is good to buy coffee from a barista. It is not good to treat the barista as merely an espresso machine. This sort of objectification can be seen when folks lash out at hourly workers in hateful and belittling ways when the customer perceives the worker as not meeting their “vital” desire for a hamburger fast enough; as if the function of making espresso is more important than the person making the drink; as if being provided cheap and unhealthy food is more important than the people working the job. That sort of behavior is not only hateful and selfish, it is dehumanizing. It is objectifying.
Reasnor treats everyone who doesn’t herald him as the successor to Rushdoony exactly as this thoughtless customer does the barista. Logically, that makes him every bit as guilty as the ‘objectifiers’ he tosses a blanket condemnation over. Kid, here’s some free advice: given your girth and your obvious and understandable frustration over your theological retardation, step off your self-appointed pedestal and let the grown-ups handle this, before you have a stroke in your 30s. Said in love, naturally.
The intro blurb on this Solon’s FB page says it all: ‘Jesus Christ is God and King. Liberty-Lover. Abolitionist.’ It’s handy when our enemies contradict themselves blatantly in a few simple words, that we might dismiss them as lightweights. Appling is cut from the same cloth as Reasnor, with the difference being he is a family man from Texas who posts lots of good ole boy filler about Astros baseball and Sammy Kershaw tunes in a futile attempt to deflect attention away from his thuggish campaigns of intimidation, more Wobbly than Westminster. Unsurprisingly, he is good pals with that other Lone Star lugee, Bojidar Marinov – a pic of the Vulgar Bulgar looking dazed and confused in Appling’s car is proudly on display on his page. Between the two of them, they would have opened the Alamo’s gates wide open to Santa Anna’s marauders, hollering some pseudo-biblical trot about ‘strangers and sojourners among us’. Followed by a hearty war-whoop, of course.
And the sorcerer certainly has taught his apprentice well! Witness the fiendish glee Appling here takes in describing a plot to ruin a Christian man of good character for adhering to the unforgivable sin of kinism – spelling errors left intact for documentary purposes:
WITHOUT elders, which we are told nothing could happen apart from centralized authority directing the Church. Instead, organically, the Reconstructionist Movement is literally cleaning its own house. We aren’t waiting for those outside to challenge us on why we have full-blown racists in our midsts [sic], many at high levels. Instead, God’s People, organically, are cleaning shop. Kinism has, by God’s Providence, been one of those cleaning processes. Many of us came to Theonomy and Reconstructions 5, 10,15 years ago. That Recon community is well spread out and anonymous in many ways. Until Social Media. Now, we are beginning to see that some of the old guard, are profoundly and wickedly anti-christ and boastful in their animosity towards anyone not white. Many in the movement have been working to replace ***said Christian’s website*** with a better resource, before anyone knew **** was a hardcore white supremist.[sic] Providential yet again. In the mean time, we can have our discussion about what we do and don’t use but let’s not get confused about this initial post. **** and his comments are Pagan, Anti-Christian and he needs to be exposed as a major gate holder in the movement. Now we can work at making his resources absolete [sic] and useless and pray for his repentance.
This wannabe Savonarola presumes to speak for God in declaring which resources are ‘obsolete and useless’ and worthy of incineration? All because he ran across an ‘old man’ who holds views the Applings of this world find abhorrent, but were well in the mainstream of orthodox Southern Presbyterianism not even fifty years ago? Can there be any further doubt that the Church is undergoing its own Cultural Revolution, and credulous do-gooders like this tinhorn carpetbagger are eager to don the cloak of John Brown and inflict a little terror of their own, all to kowtow to a few blacks who will hate them regardless? McDurr is the Fagin of this insurrection, Marinov the Bill Sykes. Reasnor can be Oliver Twist (his body type indicates he always ‘wants some more’), and Appling, you can be the Artless Dodger. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.
Not to be confused with the Ramen noodle, although this fine specimen of manhood is every bit as limpid and bland. If Reasnor and Appling are among the shock troops of the New Calvinism, Ranem can be likened unto the fruity morale officer who got the gig because he’s a) useless at everything else and b) beta enough to meet politically correct requirements. That doesn’t stop him from having a calumnious streak worthy of the most ambitious eunuch in Suleiman the Magnificent’s harem, though. A self-described ‘digital marketing professional’ (if there’s a more bloodless career option on LinkedIn, I haven’t found it yet) who hails from Minnesota (home of the most subservient forelock-tugging liberals in the US), Ranem is one of those aggressive promoters of ‘nerd chic’ that is the bane of Millennialism in general and Reformed Millennialism in particular. Photos of him wearing stupid hats or pixelated into cartoonish avatars abound.
Despite – or perhaps because of – this prepackaged cringing quirkiness, he’s a reliable shill for the safe position on everything within the theological and secular realms. He’s of a type that thinks it’s cutting-edge to post things like: ‘Unpopular opinion: Zuck doesn’t actually sell your data/personal info/innermost secrets’…and he doesn’t have any vested interest in promoting that line of thought at all, he being an online marketing guru and all. Does it thus come as much of a shock that he’s a disgusting sycophant regarding everything Joel McDurmon? Recent words of wisdom from him in a Reformed group:
We should have as our priority the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Great Commission. This entails teaching the nations all God has commanded. Kinism is a blatantly divisive, sinful form of racism. Christians should stand 100% with Joel McDurmon…
Well, gee, Dusty – didn’t anyone ever tell you that God also commanded the nations to call woe upon the heads of all false prophets, and that through understanding of His precepts we must hate all their ways? (Psalm 119:104) Not to mention that Christ Himself proclaimed His ministry to be one of division? (“I came not to send peace, but a sword”) Little wonder you have to have fourth-tier intellects like McDurr around to do your thinking for you.
Fortunately, he is such an insipid priss he is developing a reputation as such independent of the kinist community. During a recent mewlfest over one of his pet projects, Dabney-bashing, he was called out on his effeminate argumentation:
And all this time I thought Justin Trudeau was a daisy. Brother, I had no idea.
Ever heard of Reconstructionist Radio – the totally raz3r venue for hip-hop Calvinism that likes to translate Gary North’s works into narrated Spanish – and on whose board sits none other than white bread poster child Dustin Ranem? Meet the guiding force responsible, a pathetic goombah who probably watched the CleanFlix abridgement of Scarface zealously in his formative years. He also happens to be an aspiring Vanilla Ice himself, cutting Christian gangsta rap numbers featuring lyrics rejected by LeCrae for being too obvious. From his magnum opus ‘Firefall’:
The Civil War was our AD 70
We have always been our own greatest enemy
Black chattel slavery enchains our memory
Covenantal sanctions, now pay the penalty
Left to rot in the sun with the slaughtered horses,
And their necks bore crosses while they cause the
Scarred black backs from their whips across them
Breed the women, rip their children from them
to punish the mother then kill them in front of them
Injustice established in ways so repulsive
The slave codes read on the Lord’s day from the pulpits
And the major culprits wore clerical collars
Exchanged the Gospel for perishing dollars
The lessons of this saga remain unlearned
Church Repent! Yet we have not turned.
Let the Fire Fall.
Ya know, I never received the action memo informing me that I was required to gladly suffer a harangue about the ‘sins’ of my forebears from a tatted-up specimen of barrio trash who obviously has no dog in the slavery fight whatsoever. If Salant is so keen on stirring this particular pot, wouldn’t he be better off focusing on the ‘chattel’ slavery of Mexico, which was of far longer duration than the peculiar institution in the US, both North and South? But far be it from me to hurt the feelings of a fellow image-bearer, I suppose.
A typical RR podcast from Salant (a fitting example here) starts out with his delivering a rather mechanical prayer in his trademark Joe Pesci ‘dem, dese, dose’ accent, followed by a volatile bromide against either abortion or racism that gets more excitable as he goes along, in the tones of a penny-ante Bronx cardsharp irate that his cousin Vito hasn’t been made by the Gambinos yet. As his spiel goes on, he flashes gang tags with his hands and degenerates into a rapping chant that is meant to transfix the suburban wiggers who constitute his primary fan club. God takes a very dim view of such blatant hypnoses directed towards the flesh, and He takes just as dim a view toward Salant’s withered worldview that slavery is blasphemy, and libertarianism is holy writ, and ‘help me, Obi-Wan McDurmon, you’re our only hope!!!’, and blah blah blah. You know the catechism. You also probably know who one of his bestest pals is: yep, Bojidar the Bold himself. A picture of the two of them together at a barbecue, with Salant holding a chicken by the scruff of the neck (??? Voodoo ritual?) is featured prominently in his photo gallery. Marinov makes the Wandering Jew look like a homebound invalid.
Do I even have to provide further commentary here? Just look at this picture. Does this appear to be a credible spokeshomey for Christian reconstructionism to your eyes? Oh, for the days when we didn’t have to heed every inked-up circus freak because he claimed Calvinism and thus was granted automatic expertise on any theological topic. At any rate, Sanchez is yet another denizen of Reconstructionist Radio who pals around with Marinov and lobbies for the canonization of McDurr’s Problem of Slavery in Christian America – thus proving his vision of reconstructionism is indistinguishable from that inflicted upon the antebellum South. He also is fond of condemning what he considers to be extrabiblical abuses of Christian authority – which could be understandable in light of his obvious prison past, but rings a mite hollow considering his tendency to let Marinov run rampant on his wall towards heretics who are the slightest bit tenuous towards full endorsement of the universal brotherhood of man. It rings even hollower considering he was in the vanguard of fulmination against Peter Hammond – perhaps it might be a good idea to take the beam out of your own eye, esse, before gouging someone’s eyes out looking for nonexistent motes?
In fact, Sanchez has gone so far overboard in his twisted zeal to destroy Dr. Hammond’s life that he has even earned rebuke from non-kinist sources. Matt Trewhella, certainly no ally of ours, took him to task in stark terms:
What amazes me Jason (Jason Sanchez) is that while you and others at recon radio (Reconstructionist Radio) feel it important to incessantly beat up on Hammond and his false teaching – you are espousing a far more evil false teaching, namely, Christian Feminism. You also promote false teaching in other areas that are dangerous and egregious – the presuppositions of your false teachers are rooted in anarchy – and you have reduced Christian Reconstruction to nothing more than radical libertarianism in drag. You have no problem giving platform to a man who is openly striving for Christians to embrace the idea that homosexual acts should not be a crime in a nation and who introduces a novel hermeneutic to deceive to get it done.
It says something about the persecution we kinists are under that we take heart from someone who believes that kinism, while evil, is not the final word on evil – but we’ll take whatever we can get, especially if it forces some humble pie upon one of our bitterest foes. Someone who advocates for La Reconquista and the incorporation of Aztlan provided that it magically embraces Presbyterianism is not someone we will break bread with in Christian fellowship. Ever.
These, then, are the biggest guns of the new breed aligned against us – and what a pathetic roster it is. A gaggle of spoiled SJWs long on internet presence and short on wisdom, under the sway of deceitful Svengalis only too eager to recruit minions to do their dirtiest jobs for them. ‘Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and say all manner of evil against you falsely, for My sake’, saith our Lord. We still await the time when men will do so, rather than these little boys.