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A person holding a phone walks past burning vehicles following riots protesting the death of George Floyd, who died May 25 in the custody of Minneapolis Police, in Seattle, Washington on May 30, 2020.
JASON REDMOND

“Some therefore cried one thing and some another, for the assembly was confused, and most of them did not know why they had come together…And when the city clerk had quieted the crowd, he said…”we are in danger of being called in question for today’s uproar, there being no reason which we may give to account for this disorderly gathering.”

  • Eph. 19:32, 35, 39, 40

“Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one.”

  • Charles Mackay, Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds

It’s hard to believe that less than a week ago almost no one knew the name George Floyd.  My, how things have changed.

Last week, I completed an outline for my planned post for today.  It was going to be a continuation of my series “This is Going to Hurt” and cover the topic of fiat currencies.  In fact, I planned on sticking with that topic as recently as yesterday.  But the more I thought about it in light of the riots convulsing my country, riots that are taking place even as I write, the less appropriate it seemed to address issues of monetary policy.  Not that monetary policy isn’t important.  But as a writer who seeks to apply the Scriptures to matters of economics and politics, sometime events reach a critical mass where they force themselves on you, whether you like it or not.  That’s where I find myself on this beautiful Sunday afternoon.

For my part, I’d rather avoid the topic of the George Floyd riots altogether.  For it is impossible to write honestly about these riots and without at the same time touching on the issue of race, an explosive topic that has intimidated more than a few commentators.  It may be that this author has himself ducked the topic over the years at least in part for that very reason.

Nevertheless, when major cities all across America are both figuratively and literally on fire – including my hometown of Cincinnati –  were I to remain silent, I would be shirking my duty as a writer.

So with all that said, let’s dive into this ongoing mess as see what items of interest we can find. 

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (C), flanked by House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, and House Oversight Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney, announces articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Dec 10, 2019.

“Whether Mr. Trump should be removed from office by the Senate or by popular vote next election – that is a matter of prudential judgment.  That he should be removed, we believe, is not a matter of partisan loyalties but loyalty to the Creator of the Ten Commandments.”

  • Mark Galli in Christianity Today, 12/19/20

 

As is probably true with most writers, there are times when I find picking a post topic can be difficult.  This week, not so much.  Very obviously, the biggest story over the past few days has been the House of Representatives vote to impeach Donald Trump.  Whatever one’s opinion on the impeachment of the president, it’s a hard story to ignore.

The fact that it’s only the third time in American history that a president has been impeached is enough by itself to warrant commentary.

That the flagship publication of the American Neo-Evangelical movement, Christianity Today, jumped into the fray on the side of removing Trump from office makes an even more compelling case for Protestants to weigh in on this issue.

Seemingly designed to further rub salt in the wound of Trump’s Evangelical supporters, a recent poll by Politico/Morning Consult indicated that 43% of Evangelicals support Donald Trump’s removal from office.

So is it true, as the Christianity Today editorial and the Politico poll would have us believe, that a substantial percentage of Trump’s Evangelical base wants Trump removed from office?

I wouldn’t be so sure.

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SMC_Facebook_2Twitter Permanently Bans Alex Jones After New Violations ran the headline in the Wall Street Journal. A quick scan through the article informs the reader that it was due to a video Jones posted of his confrontation with a CNN reporter. The ban on Jones extended to Periscope, Twitter’s wholly owned video streaming service.

What the account does not tell you is that the CNN reporter Jones confronted, Oliver Darcy, has spent months essentially playing the role of tattletale, urging social media companies to remove Jones from their platform by alerting them about statements made by Jones that, at least in Darcy’s judgment, constitute a violation of the various platforms’ terms of service agreements.

On Septermber 8, the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple had pulled Infowars apps from its App Store for violations of the company’s app-developer guidelines. Apple noted that the guidelines precluded apps from delivering content that is “offensive, insensitive, upsetting…or in exceptionally poor taste.” The company noted content could be banned for “mean-spirited references or commentary” about religion, race, sexual orientation and gender.

BuzzFeed notes that Apple declined comment on its decision to pull the Infowars apps, pointing to its App Store Review Guidelines.

It’s hard to keep track of just how many sites Jones has been permanently banned from. To this writer’s knowledge, the list includes: iTunes, the Apple App Store, Spotify, Twitter, Periscope, YouTube, Facebook and MailChimp.

This past week, the New York Times ran an article which amounted to a victory lap, the headline gleefully announcing Alex Jones Said Bans Would Strengthen Him. He Was Wrong. This is what liberalism has come to, America’s “newspaper of record” now celebrates the shutting down of debate and free speech.

If anything exposes the rank hypocrisy and intellectual bankruptcy of the mainstream media and the liberal establishment whose interests it represents, this is it.

Now it was not my intention today to write about the ongoing travails of Alex Jones. It would seem that enough has been said on that subject already. But then again, it’s hard to overstate the remarkable evil represented by the campaign to shut him down.

As independent investigative journalist Lee Stranahan noted in a segment last week, the mainstream media (MSM) has spent months setting up Jones for a deplatforming, which now appears to be complete.

The treatment Jones has received should alarm any fair minded person, especially Christians. It matters not whether one likes Jones work, hates it, or is entirely indifferent to it.

When private companies such as Facebook join together with government sponsored organizations such as the Atlantic Council to strangle free speech, this represents a fascist – I use the term fascist in its technical sense here, which is the merger of state and corporate powers; the Deep State embedded in the US federal government is using Facebook and other social media outlets as front organizations to do what they cannot do openly, usurp the first amendment – threat to all.

And no one more so than those who profess faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, who are commanded by Jesus himself to go and to make disciples, to baptize and to teach. For this to happen, Christians must be able to speak. And if we Christians remain silent while the MSM, the Tech Left and the Deep State silence Alex Jones, is there any reason to think our ability to evangelize and preach will be spared from some future crackdown?

With these things in mind, just how should Christians react? It’s easy to feel overwhelmed. But, as YouTuber and Christian journalist Greg Hunter likes to point out, God consistently tells believers in his Word to “fear not.”

As Christians, we are not to fear the power of the Deep State. Our task is to pray that God would give us understanding about what is happening in the world around us and get to work applying his Word to the challenges of the day.

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