Enemies of the State
Vol: 71 Issue: 29 Wednesday, August 29, 2007
“Hate is an ugly thing, and its ugliness is well illustrated in its various manifestations on the Internet, including those detailed in this report.”
That was how Jeffery Long, of Elizabethtown College, introduced a report issued by the Hindu American Foundation about what it called ‘hate websites’ on the internet.
“The Internet, this tool of knowledge and communications, is regularly abused, becoming a vehicle for the worst human impulses, as reflected in the pervasiveness of pornographic websites and websites devoted to fomenting hatred and violence against particular religious and ethnic groups,” he wrote.
“Many of the websites described in this report claim to speak from religious perspectives. But is the greatness of traditions like Christianity or Islam served by denigrating Hinduism or spreading false information about it? This report is a wake-up call to all Americans to work for a society in which all religions are respected, and in which the practitioners of all religions can feel safe and included.”
“The proliferation of websites promoting religious hatred is an unfortunate consequence of the universality of access to the internet,” added Vinay Vallabh, a lead author of the report of the foundation.
“We must vigorously identify, condemn and counter those who use the Internet to espouse chauvinism and bigotry over the principles of pluralism and tolerance,” he said.
“As we all know, murderous rampages have been inspired by anti-Semitic and racist websites,” Long continued. “And it is not necessary for a website to exhort its readers to actual, physical violence for it to lead to such violence.”
The report advocates blocking the content of websites judged to be purveyors of “hate speech.”
I’d have to agree with a few of the report’s conclusions.
Long noted the relationship between anti-Semitic propaganda and anti-Semitic rampages. After all, it was the Nazi propaganda machine that made the Holocaust possible.
And the numerous Islamic jihadist websites out there undoubtedly inspire new recruits to the jihad, mostly by tapping into some unconscious anti-Semitic bias and denigrating Israel as worthy of destruction.
But the sites that the Hindu American Association identifies as “hate sites” aren’t jihadist or neo-Nazi websites.
They’re Christian websites, including Jan Markell’s Olive Tree Reviews!
I wasn’t aware of the report until I read of it this morning in WND, but evidently, Bob Unruh first reported it in April — which to me, makes it all the more chilling. Things are much worse than I had feared.
I know Jan Markell. I’ve appeared on her radio broadcast many times, and we exchange private emails on a regular basis.
Those exchanges reveal Jan as a warm and loving person who is totally dedicated to fulfilling the Great Commission of revealing the love of Christ to a lost and dying world.
She accomplishes this by highlighting the evidence that this is a lost and dying world through her columns and radio broadcasts.
BUT — Jan doesn’t invent the things she reports, she reports things as they are.
To equate Jan Markell with anti-Semitic, neo-Nazi or jihadi websites, or to suggest her ministry could somehow inspire a ‘murderous rampage’ steps outside the bounds of comprehension. It strains credulity.
It shows just how much progress the enemy is making. . .
Among the other ‘hate sites’ that the Hindu American Foundation advocates blocking as hate sites are the Southern Baptist Missions Board, the Gospel for Asia and CBN.
I am most grateful that the OL did not appear on the list — and it reaffirms our decision to keep most of our content behind the member’s firewall. (If Jan Markell is a hate site, I’d hate to see how they’d label the OL.)
Back in October, 2002 we ran a six-part series of special reports detailing the five major reasons we believe these are the last days. In Reason Five: The Developing Global Religion, I wrote:
Christian fundamentals teach us to love God above all things and love our neighbor as we do ourselves.
Since the worst place anybody can end up is hell, the most loving thing for a Christian to do is to help them avoid ending up there. To most of the world, that is ‘hate speech’ and is even so defined in some countries, including Canada. . . .
The Bible speaks of the false prophet of Revelation 13 seizing control of the world’s religious systems, making them all one religion ‘with two horns like a lamb’ but that ‘spake as a dragon’.
Such a religious system could have no room for fundamentalism, since, to be global, it must be all-inclusive.
It couldn’t teach that the only way to heaven is by martyrdom in jihad; neither could it teach that the only way to heaven is the way Jesus said it was. . . .
Exactly what the final form of the global religion will be is unclear, apart from it being a counterfeit Christianity (two horns like a lamb) but will preach the all-inclusive siren song of the Dragon (Satan). There can be no room for fundamentalism of any stripe in the global, all-inclusive religious system of the last days.
Whatever its final form will be, one thing is clear.
The Bible says anybody who won’t join it, worship its leader and take his mark will be declared an enemy of the state, unable to buy or sell and subject to being put to death.
The Hindu-American Report joins a growing pile of similar reports to the Congress, all defining Christianity as the epitome of hate speech. I didn’t bring up the five year-old report as an example of my personal predictive ability.
I did so to make a point. According to the Bible’s outline for the last days, eventually, being a Christian will make one an enemy of the state and subject to capital punishment.
That takes place during the Tribulation, but an entire culture can’t be reeducated overnight to believe that Christianity is a religion of hate. It takes time. But as time goes it, things continue to follow the Bible’s outline to the letter.
Five years ago, the idea of the Bible as ‘hate speech’ was being scoffed at by mainstream Christianity. Today Jan Markell is a hate-monger.
A lot can happen in five years.