OPINION: When Will Enough Be Enough?
Updated: Aug 10, 2020
YouTube screenshot from Ruptly of Antifa rioters burning Bibles in Portland
When the protests against police brutality broke out after the George Floyd incident, the masses jumped on board. They took to the streets within hours of the video being posted to social media. That was over two months ago and there still is protesting in our major cities claiming to be for the same cause. That claim is a farce.
What we are seeing today is the hijacking of that protest to serve a different purpose. As pictured above and in this video, Bibles were torched by rioters of Portland this past weekend. They burned several Bibles and American flags supposedly in the name of justice for George Floyd. Again, that claim is false. The protests we see today are for the downfall of America as we know it.
But when will enough be enough? When will it come to a point where we, as a collective nation, say that these protests and riots have gone too far? With Bibles and American flags being burned, record-high homicide rates, and vandalism and looting beyond what one could imagine; why haven't all of our leaders stood up to this mob?
The answer to those questions stems from the fact that it is an election year. Sadly, it seems nothing will be done by at least half of our leadership until after the November 3rd election. But we live in a free country and we the people can still stand up to the mob because what we are heading towards is a Nazi Germany type of movement here in the United States if something is not done soon. As Curt Schilling, a commentator for Blaze TV and former MLB pitcher stated on Twitter:
"So let me get this straight. It's ok to gather in the streets to burn Bibles, but it is against the law to gather in church in the name of Christ? Sounds to me like Berlin, 1936ish."
This speaks volumes as we continue with our COVID-19 lockdowns, where states like California, churches are, by law, supposed to be closed down. But on the other hand, we have rioters burning Bibles in the streets and no one is calling them out or bring up any form of charges against them for vandalism or for breaking COVID-19 social distancing regulations.
In another article by Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The National Times, Jorge Velasco about The Falsehoods Of Systemic Racism:
Protestors have dumbfounded themselves in their underlying theme to drive up activists by the thousands. Never mind the political theme, for now. "Flatten the curve", "Just because restrictions loosen doesn't mean you shouldn't go out", "Social distance", they said. Lectured by the masses who "did their part" now claim the moral high ground for "taking action", amidst rising coronavirus cases. But said protestors would say I'd be missing the point to deflect their double standard.
Since the beginning of the protests and riots, the people involved have been running on a double standard. The protestors and rioters have been pushing to flatten the curve and socially distance to slow the spread but they also have pushed taking action in the streets no matter the cost.
But comparing the situation to Berlin 1936ish, Nazi Germany, is not as far fetched as it may seem. In the 1930s in Germany and Austria, the German Student Union conducted a campaign to burn all such books that represented ideologies opposed to Nazism, including the Bible. Today, the young rioters of Portland showed that antifa members have a similar belief that the Nazis did, destroy the books that represent ideologies that are opposed to their beliefs. In the video of those rioters burning the Bibles, several people are cheering on the burnings, and some even saying that burning the Bible is the only good use of the Bible.
Words and actions like those in the video should be enough to ignite something inside of Christians. Those who identify as a Christian should not be supporting these protests and riots because they have now gone to burning the Bible. Ironically, the Bible teaches many lessons that these people claim they want, like how everyone should be treated equally. As stated in the Bible in John 13:16:
Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.
What that verse means is that in the eyes of God, we are all the same and no one person is greater than another. Everyone is equal. This is a lesson that the Antifa rioters need to be taught because they now are acting as if they are greater than our law-abiding citizens, our law enforcement, and our government officials through silencing those who oppose them.
Johnathon Turley, a Constitutional Law Professor at George Washington University, said it best recently at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing this past Tuesday. Turley stated:
If you go through the antifa handbook and look at their literature, it's quite express, as stated in their handbook, they reject the premise of what they call a classical liberal view of free speech. Specifically, they object to statements like, 'I may disagree with what you have to say, but I would give my life to defend it.' They reject that. They believe that free speech itself is a tool of oppression.
Again, I ask, when will enough be enough? In the antifa handbook, that can easily be bought on Amazon, they express their opposition to freedom of speech. Antifa is still on our streets causing chaos and mayhem in an attempt to take control of our government. We need to stand up to this mob and find a way to bring everyone back together. My suggestion starts with people reading the Bible and push another form of the iconic Make American Great Again statement President Trump ran his 2016 campaign on. We need to Make America Godly Again.
Nicholas Farrow is an Opinion Contributor for The National Times