10 REASONS WHY I DON’T UNDERSTAND THE NEO-REACTIONARY ALT RIGHT: (10) “DEUS VULT!”
This is particularly a catchphrase for the neo-reactionary alt right (rather than the neo-Nazi alt right), which demonstrates how much they are just one big medieval LARP.
The Latin phrase, “God wills it”, was the rallying cry when Pope Urban II declared the First Crusade. Of course, given that the alt right predominantly know their history (and most other things) from memes (because poorly designed internet cartoons or graphics are the most credible and reliable source of information), their use of the catchphrase originates more from the use of the phrase in the video game Crusader Kings (although it arguably more emulates Monty Python and the Holy Grail).
Typically, the neo-reactionary alt right ignore that the historical Crusades ultimately – and predictably – failed, a large part of which was because of Christian infighting, including the Fourth Crusade actually being directed at the Byzantine Empire that had originally requested the First Crusade. After all, what’s history got to do with the alt right’s purported campaign to revive history? Anyway, the alt right tend to use it not in any historical sense (despite endless memes about Crusaders and taking Jerusalem), but in the political sense against opposition outside their definition of Catholicism or Christianity – which is to say, almost anything, but particularly Islam or Islamic immigration. In other words, they see everything through the prism of a crusade and the appropriate response to opposition being violence.
Quite frankly, I find it hard to reconcile with the universalism inherent in the very name of the Catholic Church (to which much of the neo-reactionary alt right purport to pledge allegiance), let alone with what Jesus says in the Gospels. But then, what would he know, compared to the alt right?