A Look at the Facts by
Gary Ray Branscome

    I can remember when "liberals" tried to pass themselves off as tolerant and open-minded, while saying that every idea deserves a hearing. However, that was when they wanted people to listen to their point of view. Now that the shoe is on the other foot, it is becoming obvious that all of their talk about open-mindedness and tolerance was just a ploy. They not only are not willing to give a fair hearing to conservative ideas or to any opinion rooted in the Christian worldview, but rarely even try to counter the conservative viewpoint intellectually. Instead they are more likely to slander, denounce, and demonize anyone who disagrees with them.

    When Ken Star was appointed to investigate alleged wrongdoing on the part of President Clinton, instead of being fair and objective in their coverage of his investigation, the "liberals" regularly accused him of having an axe to grind, or being, "out to get the president." In truth he was simply doing his job, and that just happened to be a job they did not want him to do. Furthermore, all who condemned Clinton's immoral behavior were falsely accused of having a pathological hatred of Clinton, while the press directed its venom at conservatives.

    Another example of left-wing demonization can be seen in the way Joe McCarthy has been held up by the left as an object of hate. "Liberals" evidently see nothing wrong with encouraging people to hate Joe McCarthy, or anyone who agrees with him. After all, they claim, his accusations ruined the careers of many innocent people. However, now that records kept by the KGB have come to light, it turns out that McCarthy was right all along. Therefore, it was the "liberals," not McCarthy, who were doing the slandering. And, it was the "liberals" who destroyed the careers of innocent people, simply because those people dared to oppose the "liberal" agenda. Nevertheless, the "liberal" press has no time to present the facts, set the record straight, or even mention such things as the Hollywood blacklist – which was used by the left do destroy the careers of many fine actors and actresses, simply because they opposed Communism.

    Judging by the way "liberals" are behaving, it seems like they prefer character assassination to honest debate, and would rather demonize conservatives than try to refute them intellectually. Moreover, they use psychological categories to dehumanize anyone who disagrees with them. For example: They call anyone who condemns the sin of homosexuality a homophobe, anyone who wants to stop illegal immigration a xenophobe, anyone who opposes racial quotas for hiring ("affirmative action") a racist, and anyone who believes that God designed men and women to fill different roles a sexist. Apparently they see nothing wrong with hating homophobes or xenophobes etc. Nevertheless, such names are just modern epithets that they use to justify hate.

    While he was president of the National Rifle Association, Charlton Heston said,

"I marched for civil rights with Dr. King in 1963 – long before Hollywood found it fashionable. But when I told an audience that gay rights should extend no further than your rights or my rights, I was called a homophobe. I served in World War II against the Axis powers. But during a speech, when I drew an analogy between singling out Jews and singling out innocent gun owners, I was called an anti-Semite. Everyone I know knows I would never raise a closed fist against my country. But when I asked an audience to oppose this cultural persecution, I was compared to Timothy McVeigh."

    A wave of left-wing "ecoterrorism" has been sweeping the U. S. – and may even include the torching of the Vail Mountain ski resort. Many environmental groups post instructions for making bombs, on their web sites – yet the media remains silent, while trying to portray all terrorists as "right-wing".
    In order to foment hate, "liberals" have broadcast election advertisements that say, "If Republicans are elected crosses will burn," and published cartoons of Pat Buchanan standing in front of a burning cross. At the same time, Republicans have been falsely accused of wanting to starve children and old people. Jerry Falwell, who is pro-Israel, has been called a Nazi. Congressmen, who support the Second Amendment, as they promised to do when they took their oath of office, are accused of selling out. And the National Rifle Association is regularly demonized. However, no mention is ever made of the fact that Mussolini invented regulatory agencies, or that the "politically correct" movement is a copy of Hitler's "socially correct" movement.

    Much of the left's hatred of anything conservative seems to be driven by a pathological hatred of Bible Believing Christians. When the Kansas school board decided that evolution should not be taught as fact, I did not see one newspaper column even attempt to deal with that decision on an intellectual basis. Instead, "liberal" columnists resorted to ridicule and nastiness. Likewise, when some of those involved in school shootings specifically sought out Christians as targets for their hate, the press hardly mentioned it. Even though more Christians have died for their faith in the 20th century than in all other centuries combined, the so-called "liberals" turn a blind eye to that persecution, and do nothing to help the victims. Moreover, the left sees nothing wrong with ridiculing the religious beliefs of Christian fundamentalists, or with demonizing them by equating them with terrorists, even though they do not believe in violence.


    The hatred being directed at Christians by the left is nothing new. Bible believing Christians have been persecuted for centuries, and since Jesus warned us to expect such persecution, we can expect it to continue. As Christians, we should simply return good for evil, and go on with the work of the gospel. Sooner or later the day will come when:

"The vile person shall be no more called liberal" (Isaiah 32:5).