Earlier this month, before everyone’s attention was turned to terrorism (both foreign and domestic), there was a short period of time when all the buzz was about the new red holiday cups at Starbucks. Remember that story, and how a social media grifter by the name of Joshua Feuerstein posed with a gun in a Starbucks, asking his followers to stand up to the company and their alleged “War on Christmas”?
According to Patheos, the recent brief freakout over Starbucks’ red coffee cups isn’t the first time Feuerstein has issued hints of violence. Shortly after the Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage equality, Feuerstein posted a video in which he posed with an assault rifle and asked Christians to stand up with him against the supposed war on religious freedom it was ushering in.
Shortly after the assault rifle video, Joshua Feuerstein also posted another video which has mostly gone unnoticed until now. In this rant, his calls for violence are also pretty blatant. Feuerstein openly encourages the harassment of Planned Parenthood employees and doctors who perform abortions with this statement.
Planned Parenthood has hunted down millions and millions of little innocent babies, stuck a knife into the uterus, cut them, pulled them out, crushed their skull with forceps, ripped their body apart, sold their tissue, and threw them bleeding into a trash bin.
I say, tonight, we punish Planned Parenthood. I think it’s time that abortion doctors should have to run and hide and be afraid for their life. (Source)
People might try to say that Feuerstein isn’t representative of Christianity, or even conservative politics, but he isn’t alone. There are many political figures that openly fan the flames of hatred and bigotry, with little or no concern as to whether or not one of their deranged followers will go and shoot up a Planned Parenthood clinic, or attack someone based on what religion they believe their victim practices.
Ted Cruz, who I believe will be the Republican nominee for president, has welcomed the endorsement of an anti-abortion activist who has previously called for abortion providers to be killed. Cruz and Carson also attended a conference held by a right-wing radio host who has endorsed the execution of gay people, and Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed that he saw Muslims celebrating on 9/11 – and later cited conspiracy website Infowars as proof that he was right.
The question is, where are all of the moderate Christians and conservatives lining up to condemn Joshua Feuerstein and his history of calls to violence? Mike Huckabee has been the only presidential candidate to condemn the Planned Parenthood attack, and then promptly stated that the organization was also guilty of murder which is exactly what his supporters want to hear.
Demonizing Planned Parenthood, liberals, refugees and other religions is what people like Josh Feuerstein, Ann Coulter or Ted Cruz do for personal and political profit on social media. They can make statements that test the limits of the First Amendment, then hide behind it when one of their deranged followers picks up a gun and goes on a shooting spree.
If the conservative media and Republican politicians want to criticize the ideas of radical Islam, then they should criticize Christians who are promoting hatred and violence as well. They won’t though, because doing so would cause their base to leave them for someone who will preach the ignorance and bigotry they crave.
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