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Battling the Evil Foe

Monday, August 13, 2018, 23:34 EST Leave a comment Go to comments

I do a fair amount of reading and posting on social media, mostly Twitter and Facebook, with an occasional post to Instagram or Snapchat just to pretend I’m hip. One thing I’ve noticed on Twitter is that there are a lot of leftists who have gone, shall we say, batshit crazy since Donald Trump was elected President.

Examples of said lunacy could (and will soon) fill another post. My point here is that most of them, while nuts, probably aren’t actually evil, with notable exceptions including the ironically self-titled “antifa” fascists who promote violence against Trump voters, the Bernie Sanders volunteer who attempted to assassinate Republican legislators at a baseball practice, and the actual member of Congress who encouraged her minions to stalk members of Trump’s cabinet and “create a crowd […] push back on them, and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.” Because nothing says “Democrat” quite like excluding, by force, huge swaths of the nation’s population from public life.

Almost without exception, these more extreme leftists post their incitements to vandalism, assault, and homicide on Twitter with impunity, while mainstream consesrvative users get suspended for insulting someone. In response, some right-of-center folks migrated over to a social media site called Gab which was started in mid-2016 as a censorship-free alternative to Twitter. The trouble is that the promise of a totally open platform also attracted the far-right’s version of far-left eliminationists: neo-Nazi’s, white supremacists, and others who, for unfathomable reasons, consider themselves superiod to blacks, Jews, and others they imagine to be “lesser races.”

I can’t explain why, but over this last week I decided to get myself on Gab and confront the haters. I included in my profile that I wanted to challenge anti-semites. After less than a day, I was so rapidly and viciously attacked with the vilest racist sludge that my instinctive response was, “These people are possessed.” And I don’t mean that figuratively. Here’s a sampling of some of the tamer posts that came my way:

Jack Parsons @JackParsons
It’s okay, just remember that the (((Holocaust))) is a hoax.

James Herzog @TheRealJamesHerzog
The holocaust never happened but I wish it did.

jerry huxley @lestermacgurdy
“I was tired of the far-right anti-semitism I saw on a daily basis.”
Me too. it’s not as bad as the fucking niggers and kikes though.

One individual, in response to a post in which I quoted scripture regarding Jesus’s command to love one’s neighbor, claimed that this verse at the end of the parable of the ten gold coins (Luke 19:11-27)…

“Now as for those enemies of mine who did not want me as their king, bring them here and slay them before me.”

…proves that Jesus wanted the Jews gassed during the Holocaust.

The only other time in my life I felt so strongly like I was in the presence of true evil was back in the early 1990s when a Planned Parenthood abortionist, picketing a campaign event I was attending for a pro-life Congressional candidate, screamed in my face that “the best thing that could happpen” to me was to be raped and get pregnant.

Now, I’m an active Catholic who believes that the devil is real and at work through people here on earth. But I’ve never been one to confront troublemakers with shouts of, “The power of Christ compels you!” I’ve never even said an audible “Amen” in the middle of an especially inspiring homily. That’s why even I was surprised by my response to the attacks: I wrote that, in the name of Jesus, I rebuked Satan and prayed the love of Jesus to enter the hearts of the posters. Literally, that’s the kind of language I used. I went all exorcist on their bigotted asses. And as anyone who ever saw The Exorcist might expect, my invocation of Jesus’s name only riled them up more.

It might sound strange, and it’s certainly out of character for me, but I really do feel like I’m being asked by God to pray for deliverance for these people and to continue confronting them with scripture. Which is bound to be more effective than trying to reason with people who reject evidence and logic by simply claiming they are part of a worldwide campaign of misinformation by “the Jews.”

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