Last week I’d heard about the Proud Boys burning a Black Lives Matter flag. Since I didn’t want to get my blood boiling, I didn’t watch the video until this evening. Yep. Watching this incitement to violence did not warm my heart.
And tonight I checked out this video posted by Now This News. The description of the video states explicitly:
“This reporter spent a day with the Proud Boys so you never have to.”
I could stomach only 52 seconds. How far will you get?
What a hate-filled, nationalistic, violent, Islamophobic, transphobic, i.e. “everythingaphobic” group of “boys” this group represents. Unfortunately, although they call themselves boys, they are grown men. And these grown men carry big guns unlike children playing cops and robbers.
They also think God’s got their back
They also pray to the Lord for guidance as the second video shows. Apparently, they missed the memo from Jesus when he told his own disciples that not so many weapons might be needed.
You’ll find this interesting biblical reference in Luke 22:38, when during a particularly violent time in Christ’s ministry his disciples thought their emerging movement might necessitate the use swords. So, Jesus’ disciples came to him one day and said: “Look, Lord, here are two swords.” And Jesus told them “that will be enough.”
Seriously though, this is a violent hate group no person should give the time of day to, except to combat its influence whenever possible. I hope law enforcement steps up to the plate and holds them accountable if and when they cross the line. No person in America should tolerate this kind of a movement, much less give their rhetoric a platform on social media to spread their ills.
The Proud Boys may proclaim they fight for freedom and democracy. They may feel the need to brandish weapons in order to puff themselves up with pride and send fellow citizens scampering in panic. But it’s really the members themselves who are filled with unconquerable fears and imaginary terrors.