The Roots Pt. 1: #BLM & the “Movement” for Black Lives


Project 2, Post 5 – The Roots Pt. 1: #BLM & the Movement For Black Lives

*This post is the first in an in-depth series. *It may literally change your life from this moment forward! Click HERE to read the second post in this series. Click HERE to read the third part in this series. Click HERE to read part 4 (conclusion) of this series.

“You may choose to look the other way, but you can never again say that you did not know.”  – 

William Wilberforce


First, let me briefly go back in time –

A few years ago, a family friend lost her grandson who I’ll refer to as “Eddie.” He and a few friends had been pulled over and subsequently arrested by police. I do not have knowledge of the charge/crime for which they were arrested. In the process of being cuffed, an officer caused Eddie to suffer severe, internal head trauma. To spite Eddie’s friends voicing concern, Eddie was never given a medical evaluation or treatment while in police custody. Hours later – while still in police custody – Eddie died from his head trauma. Regardless of Eddie’s crime or behavior, he should have received medical attention. His death was a direct result of the actions of  police officers who refused to allow medical care for Eddie.

A few months ago, I went to the Black Lives Matter official website to learn more about “the movement.” Little did I know that this one simple act would set off a chain reaction of investigations on my part that would ultimately dominate the next few months of my life.

Back to the present –

A few days ago, I set out to add movement to my developing painting. I imagined a spattering of paint, two energies colliding against each other. To begin the process of adding movement to my painting I taped off half of my piece. I needed to ensure that paint would not be transferred to the entire canvas, but would instead remain only on a single side.

My mind wandered away from preparing to add movement to my artwork and I began to ponder “The Movement” instead.



God has blessed me with the spiritual gift of wisdom (discernment). I am able to see the difference between good and evil in our everyday lives more clearly than most. I can sense evil when it is among us. *What follows is the result of an in-depth examination and investigation into the “Black Lives Matter” and the “Movement For Black Lives” organizations.

I now ask that you take a walk with me into the world of activism and social theory, and allow the Holy Spirit’s wisdom to enter into your heart and your mind. As I discussed in my last post, Jesus told us exactly which door to walk through. Let us now go through the “narrow door” together…

“Go through the narrow door. The door is wide and the road is easy that leads to hell. Many people are going through that door. But the door is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life that lasts forever. Few people are finding it.”  

–  Matthew 7:13-14


Let us begin our journey with a prayer: Father in Heaven, we ask that your wisdom and grace come upon us. Open our eyes and open our hearts to receive your special message in this hour. Please use the messages in this post to speak to each of us, changing our hearts and illuminating the path of righteousness. Please God be with us on this journey into a topic that evokes such strong emotions in each of us. Please keep us focused on your will. Right now, above all precious Father, please show us the evil that has been hiding in plain sight for so long. Make us see! Remove the devil’s cloak of deception that has been hiding the truth from us. May it hide the truth no more. Finally, please walk right beside us, arm in arm, as we embark on this journey of knowledge and wisdom together. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen!

…And off we go!

The evidence has declared that…

As noted above, I went to the Black Lives Matter organization’s official website to learn more about the movement. I was shocked by what I read, to say the very least. Because of what I learned I have decided to take a clear stance against the Black Live Matter organization. This group’s evident anti-Christian, anti-freedom, anti-liberty, and pro-enslavement ideology – enslavement of the masses by the state – is a clear and present danger – it is an evil amongst us.

My research has presented clear evidence about the #Black Lives Matter org.:

  • 1. While BLM has exploited the deaths of black men as martyrs for their cause, the group’s goals and principles listed on the website do not include any mention of black men other than those transgendered (men living as women)…
  • 2. The official BLM organization clearly seeks to erode the God-given and God-designed family as evidenced by several BLM guiding principles (to be addressed below).
  • 3. The Black Lives Matter organization is actually just a Marxism (communism) front organization, using heated and misleading language along with wildly erroneous claims to enrage the entire black race so that blacks can be further exploited for political gains.

After visiting the website for “The Movement for Black Lives,”

  • 4. I have concluded that it too is a Marxist front organization.

I can’t put into words how disappointed I was to discover this!

“Listen to my strong words! See, I will pour out my spirit on you. It will make my words known to you.”  

–  Proverbs 1:23


“Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gets understanding. For it is better than getting silver and fine gold. She is worth more than precious stones. Nothing you can wish for compares with her. Long life is in her right hand. Riches and honor are in her left hand. Her ways are pleasing and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life for those who take hold of her. Happy are all who hold her near.” 

–  Proverbs 3:13-18

About this post:

Almighty God is against Marxism. Thus, Marxism is a clear and present evil that continues to spread like a cancer among us. It is of utmost importance to address this issue. The realizations you will read below will change your life! After you finish, you may experience the mourning process just as I did (denial, anger, acceptance). That’s okay! Let yourself grieve.

Knowledge Is Power! (*Resources can be found at the bottom of this post so that you can read further.)

This Post will focus primarily on the Black Lives Matter group and their intentions regarding the God-created family. In this post I will:

  • 1. Briefly introduce Marx & Engels & Give a brief description of Marxism
  • 2. Introduce important terms that are imperative for the understanding of the meaning behind #BLM rhetoric
  • 3. Present the #BLM stance on the family, provide means for understanding that stance, & specify the ways this stance is shaped by Marxism


Leonard Sabovich was the leading Soviet urban planner under both Stalin and Lenin. Because children are considered property of the state, Sabovich advocated forcible removal of children from their parents, after which they would be place into his carefully designed “Children’s Towns” as part of his grand scheme for the ideal “socialist city.”


  1. Black Lives Matter’s white, European “god,” Karl Marx, and Marx’s Utopian global society:

Each of the above points (declarations) regarding the BLM organization are actually interconnected and tied to a global ideology of central planning and the welfare state that is known as communism. God does not support it.

Historical background:

Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels published “The Communist Manifesto” in 1848. Since then, their unedifying screed has been read by more and more people, and their confusing, ideological blarney against human nature has spread like a virus. There is never a shortage of new contemporaries and intelligence-lacking intellectuals to carry on Marx’s torch.

Communism is both an economic structure and a cultural structure. It goes by different names…

*When “communism” (also known as Marxism) earned a bad name in the east, supporters of the communist ideal in Europe began calling it “socialism.” When Cuba gave “socialism” a bad name, supporters of the communist ideal in America began calling it “progressivism.” Now, we have the new buzz term “Democratic Socialism,” which a large portion of history-ignorant Americans are flocking to. *Regardless of the terminology or how it is deceptively dressed, it is all communism.  As Vladimir Lenin, one of communism’s founders, once aptly stated, “The goal of socialism is communism.”


Did you know that in 1945, only two months after the end to WWII, young, British voters lacking in historical knowledge and inspired by Marx, weary from the war, essentially kicked Winston Churchill out of office? In his place they elected Clement Atlee, an undercover Marxist with Britain’s Labour Party. Atlee proceeded to nationalize the healthcare system, the financial system, the coal and automotive industries, communication facilities, electricity production, aviation, and the steel industry. The British economy was badly damaged and the government had to resort to rationing food for its poorest citizens. The single thing that kept Atlee’s government from turning into totalitarianism was Atlee’s personal moral beliefs. The British voters brought Winston Churchill back to power in 1950. However, it required a full eighteen years of conservative governments to repair the damage caused by the six years of Clement Atlee’s government. Today, out of willful ignorance and naive ideological motives, many contemporaries laud Atlee’s welfare state and Atlee himself as an unsung hero of Britain.

2. Totalitarianism and Dezinformatsyia:

“The mouth of the one who is right with God is a well of life, but the mouth of the sinful                  hides trouble.” 

–  Proverbs 10:11

Overthrowing capitalism is the central goal of Marxists so that they can usher in a welfare state across the globe, free from countries and void of borders. French Marxist Stephane Hessel, dreaming of a universal Marxist paradise, preached redistribution of the whole world’s wealth. An unprecedented, international moment of silence was observed by the United Nations in 2013, following Hessel’s death. Turning a country (and the world) away from capitalism and into an autocracy (dictatorship), requires an act of force. In fact, Marx himself prefaced his 10 point plan, stating “Of course, in the beginning, this can not be effected except by despotic inroads” (tyrannical inroads).

Since such tyrannical change is likely to be met with great resistance, many Marxists advocate a stealth, gradual transition from capitalism to “socialism” by way of legislative acts and government-imposed regulations. In order for this to take place, a full attack on existing culture and beliefs must be initiated through an organized and multifaceted “disinformation” campaign. *The socialist Soviets mastered disinformation, which is a deliberate marketing of false information (dezinformatsyia) to gain control and manipulate minds. This means that code words must be used to fool the masses into jumping aboard the Marxist agenda train and tricked into voluntarily surrendering their personal rights and control over their personal matters to the government. Another term for this is “Doublespeak.” Make no mistake: this is ALL sanctioned deceit – lies!


In 1963, after extensive communist infiltration into the US government, congress entered into the official record the 45 communist goals for taking over the United States of America. The below statement is one of these 45 goals:



Saul Alinsky, an American community organizer, created some 24 rules for community organizing for change (found in his book, Rules For Radicals). The first 13 are power tactics. The 11 remaining rules are guidelines concerned with the means to an end. Several of Alinky’s rules are pertinent to the topic of misinformation (lies):

  • “You do what you can with what you have and clothe it in moral garments.”
  • “Goals must be phrased in general terms like ‘Liberty, Equality, Fraternity, Of the Common Welfare, Pursuit of Happiness, or Bread and Peace.’”
  • “In war the end justifies almost any means.”
  • “The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.”
  • “Pick a target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.”
  • “Ridicule is a man’s most potent weapon.”
  • “If you push a negative hard and deep enough it will break through into its counterside [sic].”
  • … “utilize all events of the period for your purpose.”
  • “A good tactic is one that your people enjoy.”

*Please, may we never forget that Saul Alinsky dedicated his book, Rules for Radicals, to LUCIFER (Satan)! This man was literally a conduit of evil.

“America is like a healthy body and its resistance is threefold: Its patriotism, its morality, and its spiritual life. If we can undermine these three areas, America will collapse from within.” 

–  Joseph Stalin

There are several key terms that you need to know before we go any further:

*For the purposes of length, I only listed the terms relevant for this particular post.

  1. Bourgeois Family/ “Western-Prescribed Nuclear Family Structure” – called the “middle-class” in the US, begins with the nuclear family (mother & father living together & raising their offspring); exemplified by the following characteristics: emphasis on personal responsibility, strong moral values, the care of and protection of children, education, behaviors that foster economic success, & an obligation to right morally unjust wrongs (*this family structure is seen negatively by socialists)
  2. Extended Families – fatherless families/ multigenerational fatherless families; utopian communal child-rearing usually void of adult males; the societal collective (communal society)
  3. Villages/Collective Care/Cooperative – state-run communes for child-rearing in which domestic labor is actually a state industry; child-rearing paid for with taxes; government control over child-rearing and education (indoctrination of the nation’s youth)
  4. “Our” Children – Children belong to the state, not the parents. Children are state property and parents should not be allowed to indoctrinate their own children. We know how to better “parent” than you do.
  5. Dismantle, Disrupt – shame and destroy, eliminate completely, eradicate from existence
  6. Family-Friendly Spaces –Regardless of the inappropriate things that will take place at an event, you are expected to bring your children with you to the event so that we may indoctrinate them from an early age to believe as we do, to think as we do, and to behave as we do.
  7. Justice Work – agitating, trouble-making, violently protesting, rioting, stirring unrest, inflaming the masses, vigilantism, paid anarchist
  8. Private/Privacy (when referring to family or parenting) – financially responsible for one’s own family; the autonomous family free from governmental intrusion and oversight (a negative for Marxists)
  9. Patriarchy/Patriarchal (sometimes referred to as male-centered) – deep hatred of males (misandry); a deep hatred of all cultural norms; a tool for blaming men or the dominant culture for one’s own shortcomings and unhappiness; a method of agitating and victimizing women for political gain
  10. Privilege – a derogatory term used to defame all things traditional/normal; a tool created for the purposes of blaming others for one’s own failures/disappointments; a term used to instil a spirit of resentment in others against a specific, targeted group
  11. “Double-Shifts” – children are a burden; motherhood is a burden
  12. Proletariat/laborers/workers – low-wage workers who must labor to earn capital


“The communist revolution is the most radical rupture with traditional relations; no wonder that its development involves the most radical rupture with traditional ideas.”  

–  Marx and Engels

3. Black Lives Matter, Communism, & the Abolition of the Family:

A. Marxism, Socialism, Communism and the Family

By the mid 1800’s, it was accepted knowledge that socialists (A.K.A. communists) rejected the institution of the family, favoring “free-love” instead. Marx and Engels, as well as other socialists and opponents of socialism all fully understood that socialism was a threat to the family. Unfortunately, many misconstrue Marx’s and Engel’s radical stance advocating for the abolition of the family. It was not reform they sought, but complete annihilation of the family unit as humanity has known it to be. Marx’s vision of human relationships in future communist society had no resemblance whatsoever to family as it has historically existed.

“Only by making the term family almost infinitely elastic can they [Marx & Engels] be said to have embraced merely a reformation of the family.”

 –  History of European Ideas, Vol 18, No 5, p. 658

Marx and Engels co-authored The Communist Manifesto, among other works, in which their material/economic view of history is clearly visible. Marx believed that the bourgeois family and their private property were part of the superstructure of capitalism, which he loathed. He used the bourgeois family as a scapegoat, blaming the family for prostitution, the exploitation of children working in factories, and the sexual exploitation of women and girls in factories during that time period (Europe’s industrialization). In the eyes of Marx and Engels, it was within the family unit that private property and division of labor were first created, with the first type of division of labor being the sex act. Within the family, labor was divvied out based on physiological factors such as age and sex, and thus women and children were forced to become the slaves of men. The families’ private property was thus associated with the division of labor which, according to Marx and Engels, was then associated with alienation and exploitation. *Thus, Marx theorized the best way to abolish all private property was to abolish the family altogether, including all inheritance. [Interestingly, Marx and Engels did not work, but instead lived off of Engels’ inheritance.]

Influenced by Feuerbach (German philosopher and anthropologist), Marx determined that humans created God and all human institutions. Since humans came first in the order of things, then God and all human institutions (such as the family) are no longer sacrosanct (no longer regarded as sacred and inviolable).

“Therefore after, for example, the earthly family is discovered as the secret of the holy family, the former must itself be theoretically and practically destroyed.”

 –  Marx, “Thesis on Feuerbach”

Overtime Marx and Engels vacillated between theories regarding the history of the family. Ultimately they adopted a view that the absence of the family was the original and natural state of humanity – a society where every man had sexual access to every woman and even incest was acceptable. In Marx’s materialist view of history, laws prohibiting polygamy were only due to economic reasons, with money and boredom being the true bonds of the Bourgeois marriage. Consequently, Marx believed that economic factors would ultimately fuel the transformation to a communist society.

“Religion, family, state, law, morality, science, art, etc. are only particular modes of production and come under its general law. The positive supersession (Aufhebung) of private property as appropriation of human life, is therefore the positive supersession (Aufhebung) of all alienation, and therefore the return of people out of religion, family, state, etc. into his human, i.e. social existence.” 

–  Marx

Marx and Engels addressed the status of children, post-family, in The Communist Manifesto. First, home education must be banned and ultimately replaced with Erziehung, which Adolph Hitler put into effect in the 1930’s, and which is largely still in effect today. That’s right – Hitler was a socialist (A.K.A. communist)!  Erziehung is not only social and formal education, but it also encompasses all training of children, even the training typically associated with the role of the parents. Marx and Engels were unconcerned about the inevitable protests by parents, poking fun at the “Bourgeois claptrap about the family and education, about the hallowed co-relation of parent and child.” Their vision for children was to remove them from their parents and place them into communes, for their own good of course, after which their parents were free to engage in sexual relations without any concern for the children. Engels elaborated upon this vision for children further in the draft of The Communist Manifesto: “The raising (Erziehung) of children together in national institutions and at national expense, from that moment on, in which they can dispense with the first motherly care.” There you have it, folks! Marx and Engel’s envisioned ripping children away from their mothers essentially as soon as the children were old enough to feed themselves and wipe their own butts. The private, autonomous family is prohibited to exist in the communist society as the state takes firm control over its youth. No provision would be made to account for a mother’s (or father’s) natural bond to her children.

“The youth of today is ever the people of tomorrow. For this reason we have set before ourselves the task of inoculating our youth with the spirit of this community of the people at a very early age, at an age when human beings are still unperverted and therefore unspoiled. This Reich stands, and it is building itself up for the future, upon its youth. And this new Reich will give its youth to no one, but will itself take youth and give to youth its own education and its own upbringing.”

 –  Adolph Hitler, 1937

In addition to private childcare/child-rearing being replaced by communal care, private housework, cooking, etc. should be replaced by a government-run industry. Only then will the woman finally be set free from the economic bondage of her family. Accompanying this new found liberation, the communist society removes the shackles of marriage and monogamy, which are seen by Marx and Engels as impediments to true human happiness. The new sexual norm will be that of an uninhibited expression of mutual love. Because children are raised communally, Engels notes that women will no longer have to fear unwanted pregnancies.

“This [the communal care of children] removes the anxiety about the ‘consequences,’ which today forms the most essential social – moral as well as economic – factor that hinders a girl from giving herself completely to the man she loves. Will that not be cause enough for the gradual advent of more free and easy sexual relations and with it also a more tolerant public opinion concerning virginal honor and a woman’s shame?”

 –  Engels


So… Do you get the picture? I could go on and on…

B. Black Lives Matters and the Family

*For the purposes of length, I will not present the direct, communist connections to the Black Lives Matter organization. That topic will be discussed in my next post.

Now let’s look at some of the content available on the Black Lives Matter website, keeping in mind the mind-numbing information we have gathered from the preceding info. *The below images are screen shots of from the BLM website’s “Our Principles” section.









Look for the socialist code words I listed and defined above. (private, dismantle/disrupt/, villages, our children, nuclear family, etc.) Do you notice the similarities between the BLM language and the concepts espoused by Marx and Engels?  …You should!

Did you notice that the icon for “Black Families” is absent the father? The women who founded the #BLM group & created its website hold an evident, deep hatred toward men (misandry). In fact, their hatred of men is a hatred and a rejection of the creation of our Almighty God above. Consider this: God is the ultimate patriarch! To go to war with patriarchy is literally to go to war with GOD Himself! Do you want to go to war with God?  SPOILER ALERT: GOD WILL WIN.

“Feminists have risen to breach the historic maintenance of a distinction between the ‘public’ and the ‘private,’ writing volumes to show the interdependence and relationship between these ‘spheres,’ demonstrating, for example, the treacherousness of the protection of family privacy…”

 –  Martha Albertson Fineman

#BLM seeks not to uplift the black community, nor does it even seek to prevent another black man’s death at the hands of police (like that of my friend’s grandson, Eddie). Black Lives Matter and its founders are just one more black power structure seeking to exploit blacks to further expand their own personal wealth and power, and to push their own communist agenda which they have cleverly hidden behind socialist code words.

Do black lives really matter? To Lisa Garza, Opal Tometi, and Patrisse Cullors, black lives only matter in the sense that they are commodities to be pimped out for political “progress.” Ask yourself this question, “If these women truly wanted to improve black lives, why would they seek to further eradicate fathers from black families?” In 1960, 67% of black children were raised in homes with married fathers and mothers. Also in 1960, just 20% of black children lived in single mother homes. Today only 34% of black children are raised in homes with married fathers and mothers. Even worse, today a full 50% of all black children are living in single mother homes. Ask yourself this question, “Has the ‘dismantling of the nuclear family’ in the black community had a positive effect or a negative effect on black lives?” There is a plethora of research studies, data and statistics that could fill the belly of Jonah’s whale which clearly show the negative impact of fatherlessness on nearly every single aspect of a child’s life, as well as the immense positive benefits for children with involved fathers, especially fathers married to the mothers. To spite this evidence, the three leaders of the #BLM remain as dedicated to abolishing the family as Marx was. That… it isn’t progress. That is misery! (*It is also important to note that the nuclear family is not a “Western” creation. It was created by God above. An attack on the family is an attack on the Almighty Himself!)

Lastly, take a moment to consider the ways in which the #BLM principles contradict and seek to undermine the truth of the Gospel.

“The snake said to the woman, ‘No, you for sure will not die! For God knows that when you eat from it, your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and bad.’

 –  Genesis 3:4-5

We can rationalize our way into believing any truck load of mumbo-jumbo. But lying to ourselves only comes from Satan. Just think of how clever he was in the garden with Eve. Satan easily led Eve along, helping her rationalize her way into eating the forbidden fruit. Please, don’t be like Eve. Your soul’s eternal destination is far too precious to become a sacrificial lamb to an unrighteous cause! Keep to the path that is hard which leads to salvation!


“Does not wisdom call? Does not understanding raise her voice? She takes her stand on the top of the hill beside the way, where the paths meet.”

 –  Proverbs 8:1-2

Sources & Further Reading Recommendations:

  1. Weikart, Richard (1992). Marx, Engels, and the Abolotion of the Family. History of European Ideas, Vol. 18 (No. 5), pp. 657-672

  1. Pacepa, Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai &Rychlak, Prof. Ronald (2016). Looming Disaster [E-Book Android Version]. Retrieved from
  2. Black Lives Matter’s Real Agender by Rolans C. Warren
  3. Fineman, Martha Albertson (2001). Contract and Care. Chicago-Kent Law Review, Vol. 76
  4. Feminism, Communism, and the Destruction of the Nuclear Family by David Risselada
  5. Americans Buy Into Marxist Family Planning by Paul Kengor
  6. Reds Exploiting Blacks by James Simpson (Accuracy In Media)
  7. Black Lives Matter, Capitalism, and Communism in America (article and podcast)
  8. The Abolition of the Family by Larry Anderson
  10. There is a better way to parent than the nuclear family by Vicki Larson
  11. Nuclear Family Privilege: Naming It ans Slaying It by Bella DePaulo


Painting Others With Too Broad a Brush



Project 2, Post 4: Painting Others With Too Broad a Brush

Reflection & Artistic Process:

With gentle, smooth strokes, back and forth, my soft-bristled, broad brush lay down an iridescent and semi-translucent, gold luster upon my canvas. The multi-toned, grayish background of my painting was slowly becoming more homogeneous with each stroke as the distinct shades of grays, blues and browns, the lights and the darks, all lost a bit of their individual attributes as they faded beneath the golden sheen.

Sometimes even I am amazed by the ways in which art often imitates life…

All of us are, even unintentionally, prone to painting others, especially groups, with too broad a brush.

The human brain was designed to categorize, to classify. As young children, we were all assessed on our ability to classify objects. Containers filled with blocks of varying shapes were presented to us to be sorted. Regardless of each block’s size or color, the triangles went with the other triangles, the squares went with the other squares, and so on. This year, all across the country, kindergarteners and first graders will be assessed on their ability to identify and sort US coins. Although the “tails” side of US quarters depict over 50 different designs (one for each US state and territory), students will group all of the quarters together. In the beginning stages of money recognition, children will rely predominately on the size of quarters, above all other similar attributes, for grouping purposes.

 “Painting others (or something) with too broad a brush,” is an idiom describing the act of characterizing someone (or something) in very vague, general, and broad terms while ignoring and neglecting to included individual, specific details and attributes.

As we grow up and our experiences in the world expand, the human brain naturally applies its categorical inclinations to other people or groups of people. *It is when we (people) project our negative feelings upon other individuals and groups based on a single attribute that we move beyond natural, biological tendencies and into purposeful condemnation entirely depending on our own internal motivations and biases. One experience with one person, “Bob” – a single member outside of our own group – then morphs into a personally held, broad generalization which we apply to all members of that out-group to which “Bob” categorically belongs. In terms of social psychology, we may adopt an “us” verses “them” mentality. Stereotyping then follows, which only leads to problems for both ourselves and others. Once we have allowed this type of blanketed bias to infect our minds and our hearts then we become entirely closed off to truth and to facts and to reality: we revert to rejecting all things which challenge our emotional confidence and security in our broad, misplaced biases to which we have attached a piece of our own identity.

In Matthew 7:13-14, Jesus warns us not to go through the “wide door”:

“Go through the narrow door. The door is wide and the road is easy that leads to hell. Many people are going through that door. But the door is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life that lasts forever. Few people are finding it.”  

Sadly, aggregators at the helm of our society – posing as public leaders, educators, human rights advocates, etc. – pregnant with ulterior motives and ravenous for power, are leading more and more people through the “wide door” with each new day. These perpetual “scab-pickers” utilize deceptive, emotion-driven marketing and inflammatory rhetoric to intentionally paint large groups of Americans with one gigantically broad brush of condemnation, always diligent in their efforts at keeping old wounds from ever healing.

*Next comes scapegoating, which only increases the level of harm and conflict.

The Scapegoat Theory (in psychology) and the commonly used cultural term scapegoat actually originated from the story of Aaron in the Old Testament of the Bible (Leviticus, Chapter 16). Aaron lists out loud all of the sins of Israel, symbolically casting the sins upon the goat to bear. He then sends the goat off into the desert alone. Thus, the goat paid the price for the Israelis’ sins.

Consistent with Freud’s notions of displacement and projection, Scapegoating is the process of blaming another person or a group for one’s own problems, resulting in prejudice and hatred toward that individual or group. This serves as a useful tool for explaining away one’s own misdeeds and failures while simultaneously maintaining one’s pride and positive self-image.

History provides endless examples of political scapegoating, where leaders gain power and influence through the use of scapegoats to rally the masses, all at the expense of the undesirable, despised group. *Probably the most widely well-known example of scapegoating is that of Adolph Hitler who –  during a period of German financial struggle – rallied the support of and the control over the German people by framing Jews as unjustly and disproportionately financially stable/commercially secure, among other things, in comparison to the Caucasian German population. *The deceptively marketed, unifying goal during this scapegoating campaign was supposedly the “improvement” of Germany.

As the above example amply illustrates, scapegoating is often followed by dehumanizing those being targeted as the scapegoats . This, sadly, can lead to violence.

*I will discuss the issue of dehumanization in a later post.*

Unfortunately, Americans are witnessing group scapegoating on a vastly increasing rate. When people willfully disregard facts in favor of ideological headways, the results are far-reaching. Let’s examine two recent examples:

  • In a horrific, evil act just under 2 months ago on June 12, 2016, an American born Islamic terrorist shot and killed 49 people, wounding 53 more at a gay night club in Orlando, FL. In the aftermath, some members of the LGBTQIA community, angry and deeply saddened, used their pens as public podiums to cast the fault and blame for the disgusting, immoral act of terror solely onto the backs of Christians, essentially scapegoating Christians for the acts of an Islamic terrorist regardless of the fact that Christians had absolutely nothing to do with this tragic event. The arguments from these individuals was irrational, illogical and, unexpectedly, entirely out of left field.
  • One month ago on July 7, 2016, 5 Dallas police officers were shot and killed in a sniper-style shooting. The perpetrator, a black man and former US service member, had become so enraged by the influx of anti-police, anti-Caucasian rhetoric which has been spewed by many “leaders” that he had projected his rage, his own personal disappointments, and his own biases onto all police officers as a group. Police became this man’s scapegoat and 5 random officers were murdered because of it – 5 families were destroyed because of it.

Make no mistake – no group of people is without a few bad apples. *However, when we allow the creeping evil of painting others with too broad a brush into our hearts, our minds will follow, leading us to walk through the wide door and along the easy road to hell: our thinking, deductions, reasoning and even our own actions will inevitably become equally as nonsensical and dangerous than that of the individuals in the examples discussed above. The human heart can be far darker than we would like to admit… Given our natural, human tendencies to classify and categorize, along with our deeply rooted social need of “belonging,” like sheep, we can all be lead astray.

“What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.”   – Ecclesiastes 1:9

Always be diligent in your dedication to loving others. That doesn’t mean condoning their actions or choices. That doesn’t mean that you have to sit idly by while others punish you or act cruel. It doesn’t mean that you may not stick up for yourself and your beliefs. ***Refuge in the love of Jesus Christ and faith of our Heavenly Father are our only ways to keep from becoming just another member of the modern day version of the mob, just another lost sheep screaming “Crucify him!”  “Crucify him!”