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American Martyrs: New Docuseries Interviews Canceled Conservatives and Christians

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Former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas, one of the first conservatives to be canceled back in 2010-2012 (along with me as collateral damage), has started a docuseries profiling other Christian conservatives who the left targeted. “For many years, a quiet crisis affecting millions of Americans has grown and gone without remedy,” he opens. “In the early 21st century, a militant secular Left captured America’s centers of wealth and power. Because of prejudice and hostility from monied and powerful left-wing interest groups, those who publicly opposed the Left often lost their careers, businesses, livelihoods or reputations.”

 

In his first installment, the Harvard Law educated author showcases a Congressman who was canceled due to false accusations of white supremacy, a coach who was fired over writing “All Lives Matter” and a small business that was destroyed due to same-sex marriage objections. 

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Former Iowa Rep. Steve King, an outspoken conservative who was the late Phyllis Schlafly’s favorite member of Congress, lost his career due to a reporter who deliberately misquoted him.  In January 2019, a journalist reported King saying, “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” The reporter left out the full context, King only meant how ridiculous it is that the meaning of Western civilization is now associated with racism. He’d also said, “No one ever sat in a Western civilization class listening to classes on white supremacy or white nationalism.” 

 

But the RINOs running the Republican Party were already gunning for him. Curiously, a GOP candidate backed by the establishment announced he was running against King a day before The New York Times published its hit piece. Republican powerhouses shut down his fundraising and threatened his donors, and he was defeated for reelection. Unlike other prominent recently retired Congressmen, King has not been offered lucrative job opportunities. 

 

Kurt Beathard, a former college quarterback who became a coach for Illinois State, is no longer employed as a coach due to a Black Lives Matter controversy. One day he showed up at work and found a poster on his door at work that said “Black Lives Matter.” He took it down and replaced it with a sign that said, “All Lives Matter to our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ.” Some of the players said they would no longer play under him, so he was fired. He has been unable to get another job coaching — even at a Christian college. 

 

Richard and Betty Odgaard, a Mennonite couple in Iowa, lost their restaurant and events hall because they would not allow it to be rented for a same-sex wedding. The state came after them, forced them into a settlement agreement, and a lawmaker launched a boycott, eventually forcing them to close what was supposed to be their source of retirement. Their church gave them no support so they eventually left it.

 

Sadly, Thomas says, churches aren’t stepping forward to help these people, they’ve turned their backs on those persecuted. Instead, churches give aid to the same old clients, the ones favored by the left, such as how the Salvation Army gives money to vagrants engaged in destructive lifestyles. Yet the government already provides an ample safety net for these people funded by taxpayers. They are duplicating this. It’s because they don’t want to anger the left.

 

Thomas says the church ignores the problem because of cowardice, self-preservation or both. Churches should be helping the canceled find jobs. Christian colleges and universities need to step up — why hasn’t a Christian college hired the coach? What about having them speak at graduations? College speakers are never these lesser known martyrs, who could use the honoraria. 

 

Thomas brings up the tragic suicide of conservative Christian writer Mike Adams, who killed himself after being hounded by the left in academia. Adams found doors closed to him by Christians who would not help him at his darkest hour. 

 

Bobby Lopez, a professor and writer who was canceled both by the left and a Christian university that turned on him, wrote about Adams, “It sickens a person to hear the distorted logic Christians have used to rationalize abandoning people who made sacrifices to defend the Christian faith. One can lose faith in everything as a result of the slow realization that many people who presented themselves as valiant defenders of Christianity were nothing more than phonies, opportunists, egomaniacs, and otherwise horrible people. I can understand why these hard feelings could lead a person to decide that nothing could redeem the pain of continuing to live.” 

 

Thomas says if pastors won’t stand up for their members, parishioners need to find different churches. The powerful Republicans who run the country don’t stand up because of their interest in self-preservation and the fact that Republican voters don’t hold them accountable at the polls. “They settle for the candidate with the best TV ads and cliches,” Thomas says. 

 

He recognizes that “The election of Trump was the first major breakthrough against this apathy.” Thomas recommends starting a program to employ those canceled in academia. “We must meet the left with tactics that are smart, tough and relentless.” 

 

Fighting back hard isn’t for everyone. “The sacrifices of a brave few allow many to enjoy lives of peace and prosperity. Or course, not everyone can find it within themselves the courage to take such a stand for their beliefs.”

 

He ends with strong words for Christian leadership. “To avoid being modern day scribes and Pharisees — those leaders denounced by Christ for collaborating with the Romans for their own gain — Christian ministers, priests and other leaders should remember one of Christ’s explicit injunctions: ‘Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”

The docuseries is located at the Liberty Anvil channel on YouTube and Rumble, and includes short films drawing lessons from history, politics, philosophy and other sources on how to withstand and defeat the tyrannical Left. Thomas concludes, “Our founders deserved the freedom they secured. But given our apathy in the face of this onslaught, do we?”

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Rachel Alexander is a conservative political writer and pundit. She is the editor of Intellectual Conservative and a recovering attorney. She was ranked by Right Wing News as one of the 50 Best Conservative Columnists from 2011-2019.



 
 
 

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Two out of three ain’t bad

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Here are three movies, each having received at least one Oscar nomination:

All Quiet on the Western Front — here is a remake of the 1930s classic, and I was prepared to have this be the same old trench warfare, with all the accompanying platitudes. Instead, I was surprised. This was well done, with decent acting, and a few hand-to-hand combat sequences unlike anything I have previously seen, some truly touching. It is a German production, but all in English. Although it’s on the long side, I think it is worthwhile.

Everything Everywhere All at Once — starring Michelle Yeoh, and receiving 11 Oscar nominations is alternatively amusing, excessively noisy, clever, confusing, and lacking boundaries. It is without a raison d’être, as with other movies during this awards season, notably The Banshees of Isherin and Tár. Everything Everywhere is getting rave reviews, but I say “skip it.” As one reviewer put it, the plot seems to suggest “that what makes life meaningful is the recognition that because there is no inherent meaning, all things and moments are equally meaningful.” Oh, sure thing….

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Aftersun — a subtle but touching recollection of a 30-year old woman, when she was on a long vacation with her divorced father, 20 years earlier, before the new school year starts. Not much happens, yet we are drawn to this twosome, and the screenplay and the director skillfully lead us to an articulated but implied conclusion. Newcomer Paul Mescal, as the father, received an Oscar nomination and (Miss) Frankie Corio, as the 10-year old daughter, is equally good. Aftersun is not for the masses, but I found it to be worthwhile.

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The Left Is Fueling a New Racism

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It’s my firm belief that the number of Americans holding racist views is small, whether white, black, or Hispanic. At this point in our history, the vast majority of Americans try to live up to the challenge delivered by Martin Luther King Jr. on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. We keep moving toward the hard-fought dream he envisioned of an America where a citizen’s character would mean more than the color of their skin.

We are a different country today. I’ve presented leadership programs to hundreds of companies over the last 40 years. I’ve seen the work they’ve done to embrace diversity and advance capable employees and leaders from all races. Many minority members have advanced and earned their rightful place in making this great American economy work. At a time we should be celebrating and furthering our progress, our American culture is under attack from the left. Angry race-baiters are doing everything they can to increase our racial divide through pushing the 1619 Project, CRT, and BLM. They make extreme racist claims with a clear goal—to expand the government gravy train that only racial “victims” can justify.

I lived in pre-civil rights Atlanta where there were separate schools, separate bathrooms, and the baseball team was the Atlanta Crackers! Today, it’s more likely that leftist blacks are the ones who want separate schools, separate rights, and special reparations for their race.

As one anonymous post asserted, “Only in America can an ethnic group of black awareness month, black holiday, black only colleges, black only dating sites, and black only bars and clubs…and turn around and call everyone else racists!” You don’t have to look far to find evidence of extreme black racist demands.

In California, the San Francisco African American Reparations Advisory Committee released a report calling on the city to pay every qualifying black California resident $5 million and absolve them of their outstanding personal debt. This is madness. California was a free state and did not condone slavery, but the committee is doing all it can to justify reparations: “While neither San Francisco, nor California, formally adopted the institution of chattel slavery, the tenets of segregation, white supremacy and systematic repression and exclusion of Black people were codified through legal and extralegal actions, social codes, and judicial enforcement.” To the left, this “failure” warrants millions of innocent California citizens being forced to pay higher taxes to fund exorbitant benefits to one race they haven’t abused in any way.

In Washington, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) is proposing a law that could codify black racism in America. There is a common mantra in her political speeches: White America is defined by institutional racism, systemic racism, white supremacy, and white nationalism. She attacks “white” America and seems to see the clan in the face of every white citizen. Such general attacks are evidence of a new racism—black racism.

Read for yourself Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee’s proposed law, the Leading Against White Supremacy Act of 2023. The legislation promises to criminalize criticism of any minority that is subsequently used to incite anybody else to commit a hate crime. The law reads: “A conspiracy to engage in white supremacy inspired hate crimes shall be determined to exist between two or more persons, at least one of whom published material advancing white supremacy, white supremacist ideology, antagonism based on ‘replacement theory,’ or hate speech that vilifies or is otherwise directed against any non-White person or group could, as determined by a reasonable person, motivate actions by a person predisposed to engaging in a white supremacy inspired crime.”

This is a chilling attack on freedom of speech against one race—caucasians. In short, if you criticize a minority and another person states that your statement was all the motivation needed to do a hate crime, you may be jailed because your criticism “motivated” a hate crime you did not commit. Get the message—be silent and conform or we will put you away.

Black racism is real and just as evil as white racism. Both must be soundly rejected by responsible citizens. As a Christian, I affirm my Savior’s claim that all God’s children matter! No responsible citizen should be shamed into silence by the irresponsible racist attacks of the left. Be proud of yourself and of America. Whether black, brown or white, success as a small business person or advancement as a good employee had to be earned by hard work, long hours, and diligent sacrifice. As with Americans for generations, it was not handed to you. You didn’t depend on government handouts to get ahead, you had to find a way to earn your own American Dream.

Reparations will never happen! Politicians can’t even afford to fund the entitlements they’ve already promised. Special black racist demands are unethical, divisive, and risk fueling a new racism backlash. Politicians from the left keep making the promises to fuel racist anger and secure special interest donations and votes.

Don’t fall for their racist rants and demands. Depending on government entitlements is never the answer. Instead, get busy following the models and learning from citizens of all races who have made America work for themselves and their families.

Let’s reclaim the American Dream Martin Luther King, Jr. affirmed. Do not judge a fellow citizen by the color of their skin. Celebrate the character of the vast majority of good American citizens you meet. Keep rejecting racism of any kind. It’s time to stand proud and applaud hard work and success wherever we find it, no matter what the race. May it always be so in this great republic we treasure…America!

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