Grant Havers wrote a good online article on Takimag.com dealing with the lack Protestant voices within the broader paleo community and how a religious subsdivide is within said community between predominate Catholics and Protestants and Jews (Paul Gottfried has also talked about this as well.) Indeed the early conservative intellectual movement was largely Catholic and Jewish based.
I would heartily agree that time spent arguing about Protestant “modernity” is time wasted. The Reformation happened for many reasons (one being that the mother Church truly became the Whore of Babylon and could honestly say such divisions within our ranks may very well be divine punishment), but none of which should divide us now in 2009. If we can’t past those hang-ups we’re not going to go anywhere. Making such sweeping assertions about the problems of the modern age being the fault of Luther and Calvin is beyond useless. Havers has a very good quote about this:
“The constant decrying of Protestant modernity has been arguably very successful in driving Protestants out of the paleo camp and into the hands of neoconservatives, whose rhetoric about America’s chosenness resonates with many Protestants. What Sam Francis once described as over-the-top Catholicism among paleos is simply a gift to movement conservatives. It is also a very strange thing to call oneself a conservative if one is uncomfortable with the conservatism (that is, the older Protestantism) of one’s nation. What exactly, then, is one trying to conserve in America?”
Indeed. We need more Aaron Wolfs, Grant Havers, Red Phillips and the like. Not more sectarianism.