Violent Words Have Turned to Violent Deeds: The Rise of the Radical Left

By Michael Brown Published on June 17, 2017

From violent campus protests to the shooting of a congressman, the violent, radical left is rising. But this should not surprise us at all. The handwriting has been on the wall for years.

What else do you expect when those who believe a child should have a mother and a father are likened to the KKK, Nazis, the Taliban and ISIS? What else do you expect when Christian conservatives have been branded dangerous enemies?

To repeat what I’ve shared before,

Already in May, 2005, John McCandlish Phillips, formerly a Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter, pointed out how newspapers like the Washington Post and the Times told their readers that evangelicals and traditional Catholics were engaging in a “jihad” against America.

Markos Moulitsas, founder of the radically left-leaning Dailykos.com, wrote a whole book in 2010 in which he accused conservative Christians of being the “American Taliban,” which in turn reflected the sentiments of some Californians who opposed the Proposition 8, pro-marriage bill in 2008 and who carried signs reading: Prop 8 = American Taliban; and, 52 percent = Nazi (this referred to the 52-48 percent vote in favor of Prop 8); and, Don’t Silence the Christians, Feed Them 2 the Lions.

My fellow believers, don’t stick your heads in the sand and ignore this.

People don’t just hate you. They see you as downright dangerous, and that in itself is dangerous.

Really now, do you think people who compare you to ISIS and the Nazis do not look at you as a real threat? Do you think they can hold up signs calling for you to be thrown to the lions without holding some genuine animosity towards you? And do you think that people who express themselves in such sick and ugly terms would be upset if someone actually did you harm?

Christian Conservatives are the Ultimate Target

To quote again from my previous article (which was published September, 2015, and drew on developments I had been tracking since 2004):

As Maggie Gallagher pointed out earlier this year, those who express extreme hatred towards conservative Christians in America “tend to hold relatively high levels of social power,” citing a recent book on Christianophobia by sociologists George Yancey and David A. Williamson.

And what does that hatred sound like? Gallagher quoted some of those interviewed by Yancey and Williamson:

“‘I want them all to die in a fire,’ said one man with a doctorate. ‘I would be in favor of establishing a state for them. … If not then sterilize them so they can’t breed more,’ said a middle-aged man with a master’s degree. ‘The only good Christian is a dead Christian,’ said another under-45-year-old man with a doctorate. ‘I abhor them and I wish we could do away with them,’ said a middle-aged woman with a master’s degree. ‘A tortuous death would be too good for them,’ said a college-educated man between the ages of 36 and 45. ‘They should be eradicated without hesitation or remorse,’ said an elderly woman with a master’s degree.”

To ask again: Is it any surprise that the violent words of these radical leftists have turned to violent deeds? These sentiments are chilling and disturbing, and they are indicators of what we can expect in the days ahead, with Christian conservatives being the ultimate target.

Throwing the Jailer in Jail

Remember also that the strategy for years has been one of silencing — not just refuting — the opposition. That’s why I’ve stated for more than a decade that those who came out of the closet wanted to put us in the closet. And that’s why, after critics initially mocked me for saying that, they eventually changed their tune. For some time now they’ve been saying, “Bigots like you belong in the closet!”

A few years ago during a TV interview, I mentioned the comment of a Christian attorney who said, “Mike, it goes one step farther. Those who were once put in jail for their actions will want to put us in jail.”

The reaction to that comment was almost hysterical on some leftwing websites. “You’re totally crazy, man! No one wants to put you in jail.”

Then, when Kim Davis was jailed for refusing to comply with a judge’s order, she was likened to ISIS and her prison sentence was hailed as just. So it looks like some people do want us jailed after all.

Violence doesn’t stop violence, it escalates violence.

The Violence Needs to Stop

I’m aware that some of the anger towards the right has been stirred up by the rhetoric of folks like Ann Coulter and Milo Yiannapolouis. And I fully understand how divisive a candidate (and president) Donald Trump has been, further stirring the pot.

But does that explain why campuses have banned conservative journalist Ben Shapiro from speaking? Or why students engaged in violent protests against conservative intellectuals like Heather Mac Donald and Charles Murray? Or why, in 2011, the University of Central Florida only allowed me to debate a local professor on same-sex “marriage” if we paid for four armed policemen to be present?

Today’s growing violence comes as no surprise, which means that:

  1. We should expose its ugly roots.
  2. We should expose its bankrupt ideology.
  3. We should call out those who want to silence and intimidate the opposition, challenging them instead to open debate and dialogue.
  4. We should determine not to reply in kind.

Violence doesn’t stop violence, it escalates violence. And while there’s a place for self-defense, there’s no place for the rising tide of radical leftist violence. Let’s confront it before it gets worse.

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  • Kevin Carr

    I agree with everything you wrote, in warfare you dehumanize the target, then it is easier to kill it. In everything from abortion to what recently happened, the object is dehumanized. I personally believe that is why many on the Left have no problem cozying up to dictators, and don’t seem to have a problem allying themselves with radical Muslims (Linda Sarsour) and give them room to be “understood” or if you stand against them you are islamophobic. I also think they see them as doing to Christians and conservatives what they would like to do, and that day is here.

    • Wayne Cook

      Yep, Kevin, you are dead on.

    • tasha63

      The Bible says to welcome the foreigner amongst you. Jesus says to ‘turn the other cheek’. No where does he advocate violence.

      I find it both troubling and extremely sad that some Americans would want to dehumanize other Americans. The actions in Virginia were the actions of ONE MAN – not everyone on the left (a huge group of people).

      • Kevin Carr

        If you want to apply biblical standards that is fine, do you want them in every instance or are you cherry-picking? Genesis 9:6 Tells us “Whoever sheds man’s blood, by man hs blood shall be shed: for in the image of God He made man.Exodus 22:2-3 says”If the thief is found breaking in; and is struck so that the thief dies, there shall be no guilt for hid bloodshed.

        • tasha63

          It is my opinion that one can likely find a Bible quote to support almost any point of view…and then there is always how one interprets the quote too. Some are clear, others less so.

      • Kevin Carr

        BTW I am a black person, sure slavery was a terrible thing and a grave injustice, that has been corrected.There has always been injustice due to the sinful nature of man, while we can do our best to correct it, it has to be done God’s way, He is going to correct our sin problem thus rectifying everything else. It will be done His way, you just have to be ready, He is God we are not He gave a book on how he wants us to live til Christ’s return. Man made politics will not fix things.

        Do you find those on the Left complicit of any of it? Robert Deniro wants to bash Trump’s face in, Madonna wants to blow up the WH. Snopp Dogg shot him in the head in a video, Joss Whedon wants a rhino to to copulate Paul Ryan to death, Mickey Rourke wants to beat Trump with a baseball bat, and said he can do other vile things to him, Actress Lea DeLaria, wants to take out Republicans, and Independents with a baseball bat, Marilyn Manson wants to kill Trump in a video, Rapper Everlast wants to punch Trump in the face, Larry Wilmore talks of suffocating Trump with a pillow, they used to kill Scalia, Stephen Colbert put Trump’s head on a spike, Sarah Silverman suggest the military should overthrow Trump. There are enough that have a platform to get out what they want to say, then some low-level troll acts on it. Do you see any of this? Or are you willfully blind?

        • tasha63

          Well, I’m happily unaware of some of the examples you give above…and actually don’t even know who some of the people are (Lea DeLaria, Joss Whedon, etc). I don’t watch TV much. All I can say is I don’t condone violence (or even violent talk) no matter who is doing it. But, it is on both sides and both sides must stop. It isn’t a right only / left only.

  • Gary

    Christians should be prepared to defend themselves. Leftists are very serious in their hatred of Christians, and anyone else who they consider to be “on the right”. You can’t protect yourself from them by being nice to them. They will only take that as a sign of weakness. If you are not prepared to be violent, then stay away from Leftists. Be aware of your surroundings wherever you go and have an escape plan to get you and those you are with out of danger. Sorry, but that is reality in 2017.

    • tasha63

      Gary, this simply isn’t true. Violence should never be condoned. I don’t understand the apparent feeling on the part of some Christians that they are being persecuted. I simply don’t believe it. Not here in this country anyway. I think Trump has played to fears that are WAY overblown.

      • Gary

        If you don’t know Christians have many enemies in the US who will harm them if they can, then you have not been paying attention.

        • m-nj

          Gary, Gary, Gary…. this is tasha63… based on her previous posts she’s doesn’t see the persecution of real christians because she probably attends a liberal denomination church (if any church at all) and she is likely not a real christian herself … so no sense in even engaging her…

          • tasha63

            This just sounds very paranoid to me. For no reason.

            And, it creates an excuse for violence.

          • m-nj

            You seem to be missing the point… nobody is creating an excuse for OFFENSIVE violence from christians towards anyone else… they are simply stating that we as christians have the right (and ability) for DEFFENSIVE action if it comes to that. you can lie down and be a door mat if you like, but that does not take into account the full counsel of God.

      • Wayne Cook

        Tasha, REALLY??? What village do you live in????? I’ve had physical threats on my life since I was a teen! Try going downtown in any city and witness to the homeless! There’s always one who gets ticked and wants to take his pound of flesh from you!

  • GPS Daddy

    Ok, how? How do we confront it?
    Churches are not connected nor unified on this.

    • Wayne Cook

      Churches are avoiding confrontation. I’ve left mine after they refused to show up at the national protest against #PP

      Statistically, 1500 churches are closing every month. Pastors are scared, as they are getting death threats.

      I have a friend in Spokane who has changed churches 5 times in the last two years for their flaccid responses.

      As in the 1st century, we are being sifted and tested. We confront the individuals with tact, love and help.

      • GPS Daddy

        Wayne, think about the number here. If 1,500 churches were closing every month there would be no churches left today. At the rate it would only take 16 years to eliminate all churches in the US. That’s not happening. In fact, some sections (conservative evangelical) are either holding their own or growing.

        My concern in regards to Dr. Brown’s article is how we confront what’s going on. I have my ideas but I hope the Dr. Brown does a follow up article giving his views.

        • Wayne Cook

          News flash. Stats from Christianity Today in 2014. more than 1000 preachers quit a month…Have a nice evening, sir.

          • GPS Daddy

            Do you mean this article from Christianity Today:

            christianitytoday(dot)com(slash)edstetzer(slash)2015(slash)october(slash)that-stat-that-says-pastors-are-all-miserable-and-want-to-q(dot)html

            If so that article does not support your claim. But again, that number cannot be true month-in and month-out. The 1,500 churches closing a month fails the “thumb” test. It can’t even be in the ballpark of true. Think about it.

          • Richard Kier

            I don’t subscribe to Christianity Today, so I won’t try to read the articles. But my question is: are the 1500 churches closing presented as a net closing? If 1500 close, but 1600 open, that would be a net increase. Also, might liberal churches be closing because members are moving to more conservative churches, and vice versa? A flat statement that 1500 churches are closing does not give enough information.

          • GPS Daddy

            Thats a good question but the way the statement was posed is in the context of Christianity shrinking.

          • Richard Kier

            Well I can believe that it is shrinking. Even Christ asked that when He returns will He find faith on the earth.

          • GPS Daddy

            Richard, that verse is not a verse to use theologically to confirm that the church is destine to shrink in America. The church worldwide is going gainbusters. I believe that eventually people in America will become disillusioned with the promises the American culture promotes. Young people by and large have less technology.

          • GPS Daddy

            This article from Christianity Today show what I am saying about evangelicals:

            christianitytoday(dot)com(slash)news(slash)2015(slash)may(slash)pew-evangelicals-stay-strong-us-religious-landscape-study(dot)html

  • Chi @Oh_that_chick

    Great article, I like the article’s end action points. I’ve noticed the desire to intimidate and silence Christians in every aspect of life in recent years. As a result I’ve tried to consciously speak up and politely say something if a throw away comment is made about my faith and now will boldly start a sentence with something like “Speaking as a Christian, my thoughts are….”

    We seem to be too reliant on Church leaders to stand and speak for us when God may of called us to speak on an issue. I pray that every Bible believing Christian is not cowed and makes a bold stand for Christ.

    • D.Vo

      Amen! Well said.

  • Wayne Cook

    I know Michael, you get death threats every week for standing up…I’ve started receiving them last year in messages. I put a stop to it, since in Texas, it’s legal to “stand your ground” and private property extends to the sidewalk and one’s car. I’ve made no bone that I am a licensed gun carrier and out entire family is armed.

    Threats stopped.

    • m-nj

      Excellent response. No where in the Bible does it say we as christians need to refrain from defending ourselves… and we even have the positive example from the book of Ester.

  • Patmos

    When you have so many adults literally crying over an election result you know something is amiss.

  • Ryan

    Jesus asked; “will the son of man find faith on the earth when He returns?” It is still a valid question.

  • Howard Rosenbaum

    It seems that a fair share of believers in this country are somewhat less than a huge threat to the kingdom of darkness . Nevertheless that hasn’t stopped the adversary from stirring up the hornets nest. Sure there has been a gradual discounting of Judeo-Christian
    values in our culture over the last so many years by those estranged from a biblical world view. However, the hostility & animosity displayed towards professing Christians by so called intelligent folk betrays it’s origins. Particularly since the advent of Trump on the presidential scene. Something must be happening in the realm of the unseen that is provoking such relatively increased discontent w/the faithful. It’s just not rational , reasonable or realistic to think these anti Christian sentiments are largely the result of the political divide that exists today. Not since the civil war has this nation been so challenged from w/in. Therein lies the problem. This polarization initiated largely from the left is not merely an idealogical one. It’s the unnatural commingling of spiritual darkness w/political, moral & ethical compromise. If these advocates of selective intolerance were more enlightened to their spiritual condition, they could then repeat the refrain the comedian Flip Wilson popularized many years ago, “the devil made me do it”. In their case it is no longer a laughing matter …

  • tasha63

    You don’t mention far right violence (the KKK, Neo-Nazis, White Nationalists, the rise in hate crimes post-Trump).

    As well as all Trump’s comments during the campaign advocating violence. I’ll quote them here.
    “I’ll beat the crap out of you.”
    “Part of the problem … is nobody wants to hurt each other anymore.”
    “The audience hit back. That’s what we need a little bit more of.”
    “In the good old days this doesn’t happen because they used to treat them very, very rough.”
    “Try not to hurt him. If you do, I’ll defend you in court, don’t worry about it.”
    “I’d like to punch him in the face.”
    “Knock the crap out of them.”
    “Maybe he should have been roughed up.”
    “I don’t know if I’ll do the fighting myself or if other people will.”

    Violence should not be condoned no matter who is doing it or advocating for it. Period.

  • davidrev17

    “Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (2 Timothy 3:12).

    “…and you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. “A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. It is enough for the disciple to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. If they have called the master [the Lord Yeshua/Jesus] of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household. “So have no fear of them, for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. What I tell you in the dark, say in the light, and what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops.And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:22, 24-28, emphasis mine).

    “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you” (Matthew 5:10-12).

    “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have been guilty of sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. Whoever hates me hates my Father also…“I have said all these things to you to keep you from falling away. They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God. And they will do these things because they have not known the Father, nor me” (John 15:18-23; 16:1-3).

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