Show Comments ( 12 )Comments are automatically closed two weeks after an article's initial publication. See our comments policy for more.janet macdonald4 months agoAnd what is it when the black movement spews such vitriol? Or the alt-left? Is any of this insane hatred mirroring Jesus' message?Robert Killoren4 months agoI am sorry but saying Black Lives Matter is nothing like calling for the repression of minorities, the persecution of Jews and Muslems and advocating killing black people.AdvertisementJames Haraldson4 months agoSo calling for the killing of cops and celebrating the murder of cops as the Black Lives Matter movement has done repeatedly is nothing evil?Robert Killoren4 months agoOf course not, violence and murder are sin and evil no matter who is involved. However, BLM advocates the equality of a race. White supremacy advocates the superiority of a race. That's a significant difference. One promotes the ideals of America that "all men are created equal"; the other does not.Beth Cioffoletti4 months agoThis is what is called "whataboutism". Whenever a valid criticism is raised, the response is to evade it by asking about something else.Robert Killoren4 months agoFr Jim, I am really concerned about comments posted on Catholic media reports on Charlottesville. They are saying it was no big deal and thus are defending Trump's initial weak response to white supremacists, racists, and neo-nazis. The tone is definitely alt-right and militant Catholic. What's happening? I feel I've entered an alternate reality.James Haraldson4 months agoName one person who said it was "no big deal." The alternate reality is your own. There was no "weak" response by Trump. He is under no obligation to indulge himself by stating the obvious about racism. He was right to include the hatred of left wingers in his condemnation. What exactly is the "tone" of a militant Catholic? Are you seriously trying to associate the heroic virtue of loyal Catholics with those of hate groups? If so, you live in no sort of reality at all.Roy Fanthome4 months agoThank you father Jim. I am surprised that for all the comments on the cold blooded ramming of the car that killed one and injured so many ... no one has yet called it an act of terrorism. I know the press in the UK would have done so if it had happened in that country.Christopher McNally4 months agoThank you for the lesson. The idea of racial supremacy, or any other form of supremacy of one person or group, violates this founding principle: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal." It is bitterly ironic that people would choose to gather in the home city of the author of the Declaration of Independence and the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, and the Father of the University of Virginia, to rally for principles that Thomas Jefferson, if he were alive today, would denounce and abhor. Even acknowledging his practice of slavery, his sexual abuse of his female slaves, and his use of the word "men," Jefferson was troubled by slavery, he educated his daughters, and he was tolerant of other religions and rejected religious tests. For his day he was an enlightened man and I, for one, am confident that if he were alive today he would have an open mind and reject supremacist ideas in favor or equality.Henry George4 months agoChris, How do you know Jefferson would do those things if he were alive today. What would lead him to such a change in heart ? Don't you know the Alt-Left is going to demand the removal of Jefferson image and name where-ever the can ?Rick Cortright4 months agoWe agree on this one Fr. Martin. Each of these groups is reprehensible. As are the media who fanned the flames and the violent anti-speech Antifa (anti-fascist group) who went there with the intention of initiating violence. They are all at fault.Henry George4 months agoIf the Police had kept the two groups of extremists separate, perhaps none of this would have happened. All together too much is being made of this tragic incident in that neither group has much of a following and neither group is going to take over America. Stop giving them so much news coverage as that is what they feed on.