The Nazis have been a useful foil in many a book, movie, musical, video game, you name it.
From World War 2 movies like Stalag 17 in the fifties, to Indiana Jones in the eighties, to the Call of Duty videos games in the 2000s, the entertainment industry has agreed on a common moral theme: punchin’ Nazis is awesome.
And they’re not wrong. Many of our parents and grandparents spent their best years punchin’ Nazis, and for that (in part) we call them the “Greatest Generation.”
We’ve all been raised to recognize the Nazis as the worst examples of humanity who deserve to be put down.
But in all of the ink spilled to denounce the evil Nazi ideology, there’s been something else they all have in common: a uniform, a swastika, a hand raised in a Nazi salute, some symbol which denoted that the enemy identified himself as a supporter of Hitler’s disgusting rational.
In the political turmoil which arose from the 2016 election, a new generation arose to take up the mantle of combating Nazism.
We first started hearing about Antifa earlier this year when conservative speakers like Ann Coulter and Charles Murray, among others, were being met with resistance at speaking engagements hosted on college campuses, and more recently they’ve taken to vandalizing national monuments of our nation’s flawed founding fathers.
They call themselves Antifa because it’s a shortened form of “antifascism,” but there’s a gaping difference between this composition of Nazi opponents and the last.
Antifa thinks they get to decide who the Nazis are themselves.
But who exactly is Antifa?
Your answer to that will depend on your political bent.
The New York Times describes them thus: “Driven by a range of political passions — including anticapitalism, environmentalism, and gay and indigenous rights — the diverse collection of anarchists, communists and socialists has found common cause in opposing right-wing extremists and white supremacists.”
NBC writes of them like they’re introducing a comic book character: “They relish in punching Nazis. They protest in all black. And they've vowed to physically confront racists and extremists across the country.”
Cue the theme music. But if Antifa were comic book characters, their aimless violence wouldn’t have them cast as heroes.
The one thing that everyone agrees on is violence.
This is the media’s talking point when they describe Antifa: They’re only violent against racists, white supremacists, and neo-Nazis.
That doesn’t sound so bad though, right?
I’ll admit I can chuckle a little inside when I hear about White Nationalist leader Richard Spencer getting punched in the face.
But think of the same media’s narrative about the Tea Partiers and conservatives. What did they try so hard to paint the conservative movement as?
And so many on the left believed it. In fact, in a recent column for the Guardian, former Democratic Senator Russ Feingold just came out and said it, “…let us finally, finally rip off the veneer that Trump’s affinity for white supremacy is distinct from the Republican agenda of voter suppression, renewed mass incarceration and the expulsion of immigrants.”
Do you think we should avoid voter fraud, imprison people selling drugs, and make sure we know exactly who each and every one of our immigrants are?
If yes, you probably deserve to punched in the face, according to a former U.S. Senator, Antifa and some others on the left.
The mainstream media’s slander back then now puts peaceful conservatives in the way of Antifa’s fists. When you take these two ideas: 1) that Nazis deserve to be punched and 2) that all Republicans are Nazis, it’s hard to imagine how things can get much better in our country before they get much worse.
It’s easy to see this state of affairs and feel hopeless for our nation’s political future, but now, as always, there’s only ever been one Hope.
Who is Antifa?
Antifa is a collection of misinformed, misguided, malfunctioning individuals who have no idea how the world works best. They want peace through violent coercion, tolerance through bullying tactics, and progress from devolution to beasts.
Our one Hope is in Jesus reviving our world, and we can look forward to that with confidence!
Let us pray that He would start with us, so that we can share it with Antifa.
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