In this (belated) edition of DR Radio, the team talks about the horrible events at Charlottesville and discuss how Dead Reckoning’s website got taken over by malware so we haven’t been online for a while. Also, Jay also takes the reins in the latest installment of DR Recommends.
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Segment One: Charlottesville
It is starting to feel like… 1968. War protests and racial strife marked that year with violent riots, and 2017 has now witnessed similar ugliness. It began when a hodgepodge group of white nationalists gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia, to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. This they did. They also carried tiki torches and Nazi flags, and chanted nasty things about Jews and blacks. So maybe, just maybe, it wasn’t the statue that was the issue.
Counter-protestors arrived, some of whom were associated with the left-wing activist group “Antifa” and things were tense. There was violence, and in the end a white nationalist took a cue from ISIS and rammed his car through a crowd of people, killing a young woman and injuring others.
Tensions were not eased when President Trump insisted, repeatedly, that there was a kind of moral equivalence between the two groups, saying that there were “some very fine people” involved in the white nationalist march.
Lots to talk about:
What about that moral equivalence? Isn’t it true that Antifa is violent?
What about the Confederate statues? Should they be removed?
What do we make of the emergence of these two fringe groups in the first place?
What do we make of “white nationalism”?
What do we make of “anti-fascism?”
How should we respond as Christians?
Segment Two: Malware Malevolence
And now for some sad news. Anonymous, mysterious hackers have thoroughly corrupted the Dead Reckoning website, rendering it completely useless. We’ve taken the site down, and it cannot be repaired without hours and hours of volunteer efforts by, well, us. Hours we frankly don’t have. So we’re going to take this opportunity to say a few things.
Jay: Vent away…
Brian: Talk about the immorality of it all…
Hadley: Tell hackers that Jesus loves them, too. 😉
Segment Three: Dead Reckoning Recommends (Jay)