The disturbing, coordinated attack on the Covington Catholic School kids, and the school itself, is yet another salvo in the ongoing war against Christians. It pours the footers for what is coming next — an all out attack to cripple Christian schools. That, in turn, will lay the cultural and legal foundation for breaking the organized church.
The direction is now clear. In the days before the Covington Catholic attacks, there were attacks on Karen Pence, the wife of Vice President Mike Pence, for choosing to return to teaching at a Christian school. Both led by the media and followed on by Democrats.
What is just as real is that truth no longer matters to the political left and the media, who are the same people.
Karen Pence is a devout Christian and taught at the Christian school previously. The cudgel used in this case is that the school holds to biblical standards of homosexuality. As that is not acceptable, the attack on Pence and the school — and thus, biblical teaching — was quick and brutal, with media commentators criticizing Pence for, essentially, being a Bible-believing Christian. CNN anchor John King actually asked on air if it was right for her to have Secret Service protection and housing as that is paid for by all taxpayers.
The dust had not settled on that non-story (a Christian woman is teaching at a Christian school) when the even more non-story of the Covington Catholic kids broke. It’s worth remembering that the Pences are evangelicals, which is doctrinally quite far from Catholicism. But both are Christian, and that is what matters, and so the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN and most others ran with unverified, awful journalism to attack these kids. Yes, being white played a role. Being in MAGA hats played a role. But the key, as with Pence, was that they were from a private Christian school.
Disgraceful actress Kathy Griffin tweeted: “Name these kids. I want NAMES. Shame them. If you think these f—ers wouldn’t dox you in a heartbeat, think again.”
Reza Aslan, a liberal Muslim American TV host and author tweeted: “Honest question. Have you ever seen a more punchable face than this kid’s?”
And former head of the Democrat National Committee and governor of Vermont Howard Dean tweeted: “#CovingtonCatholic High School seems like a hate factory to me. Why not just close it?”
He’s reflecting a lot of the thinking on the left. Just close it. Close them all!
Of course, it was all based on a lie. The Native American went over and incited it, the media lied about it and the Democrats jumped on it — because they were white Christian males. Further, these deplorables apparently had the temerity to show up in the nation’s capital, where they most certainly are not wanted.
Ignored by the mainstream media were the lies of the Native American and the vulgar racism the Black Hebrew Israelites were spewing at the kids. But they weren’t Christians. They were free to go.
Too much, you think? Following on the Karen Pence and Covington Catholic School attacks came this tweet from New York Times reporter Dan Levin, whose beat is “young America.”
“I’m a New York Times reporter writing about #exposechristianschools. Are you in your 20s or younger who went to a Christian school? I’d like to hear about your experience and its impact on your life. Please DM me,” wrote Dan Levin, who covers “young America” for the Times.
That hashtag was already trending in Twitter before Levin used it. This is a bigotry-against-Christians snowball rolling downhill and it is in the midst of gathering up Christian schooling as it goes.
“The media, the far left in this country, the increasing mainstream of the Democratic Party, they hate religious people, hate them with a passion,” conservative commentator Ben Shapiro said.
He’s right, but only partially right. Not all religious people. Just Christians (well any that hew to the Bible or traditional Christian teaching) and observant Jews. The rest are free to go.
This is not just politics and law, it is cultural. Lady Gaga interrupted a live performance to criticize President Trump for the government shut down. “There are people who live paycheck to paycheck and need their money,” said the multi-millionaire singer.
Gaga then went after the second family, saying she’s the real Christian because she is tolerant and the Pences are not because they believe the Bible’s teachings. So, yes, you can be a Christian, as long as you are a politically correct secular Christian and don’t go around talking about what Jesus actually says in the Bible.
The high priestess of cultural secular Christianity preached further:
“And to Mike Pence, who thinks it’s acceptable that his wife work at a school that bans LGBTQ, you are wrong. You say we should not discriminate against Christianity; you are the worst representation of what it means to be a Christian. I am a Christian woman and what I do know about Christianity is that we bear no prejudice and everybody is welcome. So you can take all that disgrace Mr. Pence and you can look yourself in the mirror and you’ll find it right there.”
See? Karen Pence reads the Bible, terrible Christian. Lady Gaga strips on stage, great Christian!
This is a move of progressivism, beyond American borders.
In Canada, the Battle River School Division, near Edmonton, Alberta, asked Cornerstone Christian Academy to cease using two “offensive” Bible verses in the school’s handbook. The Christian Academy is an “alternate school” and receives some government funding.
But that was not enough. The government authorities are now telling Cornerstone Christian Academy teachers and administrators that they must stop studying or reading any part of the Bible that could be considered offensive.
Presumably identifying sinful behavior could be considered offensive. Even the existence of an almighty Deity could be considered offensive. So at that point, there is no Christianity.
And that is the obvious goal.
But there’s more from up north. The Freedom Project reports:
“Recently, the provincial Department of “Education” in Alberta warned sixty private Christian schools that they are in violation of the “Safe and Caring Schools” policy adopted in 2016, Crisis magazine reported. The reason: Their materials still include references to God, the inerrant truth of scripture, the fact that God created people male and female, and so on.
“Among the officially banned phrases are:
- “We believe men and women were created in the image of God … and therefore have transcendent, intrinsic worth.”
- “Parents are the primary educators…”
- “The unchangeable and infallible truth of the Word of God…”
- “God created mankind as male and female, equal in dignity and worth…”
- “God’s institution of marriage, a covenant between one man and one woman…”
- “Obedience to God’s law supersedes subjection to human authority.”
- “The above doctrines will be taught as truth in our school…”
This is where the left takes it, to the complete eradication of Christianity in any and all forms of schooling, private or public.
And then, as always, there is California.
In 2016, Senate Bill 1146 would have marked the beginning of the end for biblical Christian colleges and universities. Initial versions of this religious-freedom-stripping legislation would have cut California grant money for poor students attending Christian schools and would have allowed students to sue Christian institutions for even perceived LGBT discrimination — essentially for being biblically true. It would have been crippling.
A unified Christian opposition organized to strip the final bill of the worst portions, only requiring religious colleges to notify prospective students and staff that the institutions claim exemptions from Title IX. In a 2016 interview in the Los Angeles Times, backers said they intended to pursue legislation that mirrored his original bill.
But there are more bills constantly popping up in California, most notably, AB 888, which was sponsored by an LGBT Caucus member requiring private colleges receiving California grants to report expulsion statistics to the state — most importantly, including where LGBT students are disciplined. The bill would create an in for the state to closely monitor private religious institutions to gather up statistical ammo for use in future bills and lawsuits against Christian higher education.
Prayer was removed from public schools in the ’60s. Most Christian colleges have steadily secularized. Marriage has been redefined in opposition to biblical teaching. Private companies are compelled to provide services that violate their Christian beliefs. It’s been a steady drumbeat.
Once Christian schools have been neutered, there will be only one frontier left. The church.
Christianity, of course, will survive until the book of Revelation is fulfilled. But there are no guarantees it survives in any public way in the United States or the Western World. Consider: America could be headed towards an underground church — unless we fight back.
Rod Thomson is an author, host of Tampa Bay Business with Rod Thomson on the Salem Radio Network, TV commentator and former journalist, and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act. Rod also is co-host of Right Talk America With Julio and Rod on the Salem Radio Network.