October 26, 2018 – Conspiracy theorists are not the lone realm of the right-wingnuts; the left has its own soothsayers of the absurd. But none as crazy as extreme right-winger Rick Wiles of the TruNews.
TruNews (a website that is new to me) bills itself as “the world’s leading news source that reports, analyzes, and comments on global events and trends with a conservative, orthodox Christian worldview.” It is also a target of Right Wing Watch, “a project of People For the American Way (PFAW) dedicated to monitoring and exposing the activities and rhetoric of right-wing activists and organizations in order to expose their extreme agenda.”
(Additionally, none of the links on the TruNews website seem to work, leading on to question the validity of the site entirely.)
And extreme may be an understatement for Mr. Wiles and his brethren.
On October 25, PFAW posted an October 24 TruNews commentary by Wiles concerning the possibility of a Blue Wave taking over the Senate and House this November. According to Wiles, once the Democratic Party takes control there will be blood in the streets.
“This Marxist-communist (read: Democratic) Antichrist revolution that is in full bloom in the United States of America, this thing is anti-Christian. They hate God.”
Of course, he is talking about the left-wing of the Democratic Party, as if there are no Christians within that side of the political boundaries. But to instigate further fear among his listeners, Wiles continues to equate the Dems with the communists of yesteryear, the USSR, Cuba and Mao’s China. But Wiles really needs a history lesson or two about world politics. As quoted by Michael Stone of Pathos/Progressive Secular Humanist:
“Every nation that has been taken over by Marxist-communists, they immediately kill the pastors. They immediately kill Christians. They immediately burn the churches. Why? Because the cross is their enemy. Do not be fooled by what’s happening in America. The anarchists in America, their enemy is not the Republican Party. Their enemy isn’t corporations. Their enemy is the church.”
I know a number of conspiracy theorists, believing in conspiracies from aliens at Area 51 to the Kennedy assassination to hidden dinosaurs living in our oceans. I even know a few flat-earthers. Many are Christians and when I put Wiles conspiracy to the test, none bought the Kool-Aide.
Wiles is the same fool who started the rumor that “MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow was preparing to lead a bloody coup to overthrow the Trump administration.” This is the person who believes that the Dems, the people who seek gun control, who seek to negotiate with the enemy instead of threatening them, who work for peace on the planet, are going to go off the farm, will buy AK-47s and AR-15s, and slaughter every Christian man, woman, and child, lay and clergy alike.
Wiles claims that the first thing a new communist regime does is kill all pastors and Christians. He seems to have forgotten, or never understood, that it was the Christian who murdered the Jews during the Inquisition. That it was a Fascist government of Hitler’s Germany that killed 6 million Jews as well as 6 million others, including Christians, in order to purge that nation of non-Arians. He seems to have forgotten that Hitler was born a Christian and leaned heavily on the Catholic Church for support in the early years. He seems to forget the words of Lutheran pastor Martin Niemölle who wrote:
“First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out- Because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”
The unfortunate thing is that Wiles’ zealous followers believe this fairytale. That they will further arm themselves in the event of the coming of the Apocalypse fueled by those damned Democrats whose hatred toward Christianity is unleashed.
It is interesting that, as Stone points out, Wiles’ commentary came on the same day that pipe bombs were received by prominent Democrats, sent by a right-wingnut, Cesar Sayoc. It is also interesting that the president is blaming the Democrats and the news media for the unrest causing the bombs to be sent in the first place.
We cannot put a stop to the conspiracy theorists or the unfounded rhetoric they spew on a daily basis. We cannot put a stop to people like Wiles. Arguing with a conspiracy theorist is an exercise in futility – it is a battle between logic and emotion.
But we can point out the fallacy of their rhetoric to those who are willing to listen and work to provide the education and information for citizens to make informed decisions, accepting that which has proof and questioning the conspiracists.