First Infowars, then Jesus
Alex Jones, the infamous proprietor of “conspiracy theory” radio and television outlet, Infowars, has been de-platformed. Infowars and its right-wing commentator known for his outlandish rants about the global elite and “gay frogs” can no longer be found on YouTube, Facebook, Pinterest, Apple and Spotify. For now, at least, he remains on Twitter. [On 6 September 2018 it was reported that Jones has been permanently banned from Twitter.]
Not only has Alex Jones’ opinion been airbrushed out of the political discourse, but his personal profile has been removed from the networking site LinkedIn. Thus a key tool by which modern professionals find work has been taken from him. In the jargon of Orwell’s 1984, Jones is well on the way to becoming an “unperson”.
Whatever you may think of Alex Jones, his personality or his politics, this move on behalf of the social media platforms should shock you to the core. If you are a Christian, it should leave a very heavy feeling in the pit of your stomach and it should force you to beg for Almighty mercy and protection. For whilst it is Alex Jones today it will be you tomorrow; because this is not a case of action against an organisation for breach of service terms, this is the digital assassination of a man and his ideas. And whilst it is only digital today, it may well become physical tomorrow. Already the fake journalists of MSNBC and CNN are calling for his arrest and shriller voices still, his death.
We have been used to hearing of censorship and harassment of individuals in places like China and Myanmar but we do not expect it in bastions of free speech and democracy like the US and the UK. Except that the West is no longer free or democratic as it descends into a strange, irrational “communo-fascist” paradigm.
Chinese artist and political dissident, Ai Weiwei was arrested and imprisoned without charge in 2011 for “economic crimes” after he exposed political corruption, and he continues to be harassed to this day. When on August 4th 2018 Chinese authorities demolished his Beijing studio, Ai wrote;
“Works were damaged due to the unannounced attack on the studio. There was no caution taken. However, compared to the memories which have been lost, compared to a society which has never established trust in the social order, a trust in the rule of law, or a trust in any kind of unity in defending the rights of its people, what has been lost at my studio is insignificant, and I don’t even care. There are profoundly deeper and wider ruins in this deteriorating society where the human condition has never been respected.”
Such respect is fast disappearing from the West too. People with opinions that differ from those in power are ridiculed, condemned and sanctioned and companies that engage in the kind of censorship exemplified by the Jones case do so outside of the rule of law.
The harassment of Alex Jones – who was hugely influential in the election of Donald Trump – less than three months before the US mid-term elections, bears direct comparison with the treatment of China’s political opposition. The erasure of thousands of his videos, audios and articles from the social media platforms is reminiscent of the Nazi book burnings of 1933, when Hitler ordered leaders of the regime to confiscate and destroy any literature deemed subversive to the National Socialist agenda.
In Britain, the illegal imprisonment of Tommy Robinson and the banning of Canadian Christian activist Lauren Southern are clear demonstrations that we are moving inexorably in the direction of totalitarianism. Again, you don’t have to agree with the politics or beliefs of those targeted to understand that they are the thin end of a very dangerous wedge.
For many Americans (and other nationalities too) Alex Jones has been the sole source of “news” for many years. He has been responsible for waking up hundreds of thousands, if not millions of people to the diet of propaganda pumped out by the mainstream media. He has also facilitated an audience for the dozens of independent journalists and researchers that have uncovered the truth behind major stories such the Iraq War, Agenda 2030 and dangerous vaccine programs. In a few cases, he has been responsible for changes in policy, and in the case of Trump’s election, he has interrupted the roll of the globalist bandwagon, personified by Hillary Clinton.
Infowars’ experience exposes the centre of power in the US and it is clear it does not lie in the White House or, it seems, in the judiciary. The far-left corporate conspiracy based in California has been laid bare for the whole world to see. Jones has forced them from the shadows and revealed their agenda and power. Here is the industry and place that increasingly determines the future direction of the whole world. For it is the whole world that this ideology targets through the promotion of a one-world government and a one-world religion.
The banning of Jones also tells us something about the time; for as political ideologies become increasingly polarised, the levels of scorn and hatred for the other point of view inexorably rises. This is evident in the UK between Brexiteers and Remainers, in Europe between immigration supporters and opponents and in the US between Democrats and Republicans. In the past, political differences were resolved, or at least exorcised, respectfully through discourse. Now, fuelled by globalist funding of groups like Antifa and Black Lives Matter, particularly in the US, differences are addressed on the internet through personal abuse and expletive-ridden diatribes and in the streets through violent attacks and running street battles. Trump himself is currently engaged in an insidious war with the forces of the global elite and their Chinese allies for the sovereignty of the USA, or at least, so it would seem. There is no indication that these divisions will do anything but entrench further.
In Matthew 24:3 the disciples ask Jesus what signs will portend the end of the world. It seems to me that his answer includes an eloquent description of what we see now and the inevitable trajectory that follows from it.
Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
Whilst Jones’ Christianity is far from mine, he often refers to God on his radio show and his beliefs oppose and are hated by the far-left. It is no exaggeration to think that very soon the Christian ideology itself, already a target, will come under sustained, active attack: this site and your beliefs with it.
This was a bold and dangerous step for the globalists that might yet have unintended consequences . As Edmund Burke famously said,
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
The potential for a backlash if Republicans lose the midterms seems high. Even Democrats are beginning to see the trajectory of their dogma and many are taking part in the #walkaway movement and turning their backs on the left.
Freedom lies at the very core of Christianity. It is God’s gift to mankind: perhaps the first human right. God gives us freedom of action and expression even to the point of accepting or rejecting Him. Christians are expected to use that freedom to resist tyranny and to promote truth. I have met many people who have isolated themselves from other believers through differences over doctrine and it is certainly true that we are warned to avoid heretics (2 Timothy 4:3-4, Romans 16:17, etc), but we are also told to share our truths (Titus 1:9) and meet with others gaining strength from each other so that we can face the horror that is to come (Matthew 24:21, Joel 2:1-2) and to help others to do the same.
The Bible tells us that, in the face of this onslaught upon our beliefs, there will be a great falling away from the truth. No wonder, since the doctrine of most churchgoers offers little warning of the horrors about to engulf the world, even teaching that they are to be whisked away to safety by Christ before the worst of the troubles begin. Now is the time for Christians to stand up, educate each other and fight together.
The dangers to Christians in the last days, litter the Bible and it instructs us to avoid isolation, particularly as the end approaches.
Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
If you live in Lincolnshire, I urge you to consider signing up to an initial meeting of taG. Only then will you be able to determine whether joining is for you. As Paul clearly tells us, we should test the intention and not judge the doctrine.
Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations. For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs. Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him. Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.