Heather Heyer posted on Facebook shortly before being murdered by a radical extremist in Charlottesville, VA last weekend, “If you’re not outraged you’re not paying attention.” I’d like to paraphrase her words:
If you’re not scared you’re not paying attention
Look at this image. This photo was not taken in Germany in 1941. This picture was taken at Madison Square Garden in 1934.
The election of Donald Trump by 62,984,825 Americans who embraced his “Make America Great Again” slogan, has emboldened the Nazis, Fascists, white supremacists, nationalists, the KKK, and other hate groups. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, there 917 hate groups active in America today.
One of the talking points you often hear from these radical bigots is “Free Speech.” It’s All-American, right?
Wrong! What they mean by “free speech” is the right to spout their hateful comments without being shouted down by counter protesters. You can often hear them rail against the AntiFa groups (anti-fascist). These counter protesters frequently show up at rallies organized by hate groups, and shout them down.
And that is exactly what happened in Boston this past weekend. And it’s what happened in Charlottesville last weekend, when Heather was killed by a protester using his car as a weapon to quiet the counter protesters.
So I say again, If you’re not scared you’re not paying attention. The spread of hate must be stopped. We must step up, speak up, shout down, and shut down hate. All of us. Everywhere.
The radical extremists shout, “Take our country back!”
Take it back from who?
From you! And from me!
See these people? They are somebody’s neighbors. They are somebody’s co-workers. They are somebody’s brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, and cousins. We must confront them. We must stop them. They have been taught to hate. We must teach them that hate is wrong. And we must pray for them.
Love for Enemies
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor[a] and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”