At an online forum called Just Security which is associated with New York University Law School a disturbing article is published. A genocide expert wrote about how Q Anon is the Nazi cult in a rebranded form. He then proceeds to explain the reasons why.
“I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Wherever men or women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must—at that moment—become the center of the universe.”
“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
Exodus 20:16 ESV
Just Security is an online forum that looks at security issues at the national level. It is associated with the New York University School of Law in New York City. The other day a writer who worked on genocide issues for decades wrote a post that caught my eye. I am posting this because of how some evangelicals are caught up in Q Anon.
Gregory Stanton founded Genocide Watch. He also taught genocide studies and issues at George Mason University here in the Washington, D.C. area. He has a long history with the state department and worked on issues related to genocide in Rwanda in the 1990’s. The other day he wrote a post at Jest Security and explained how Q Anon is the Nazi cult rebranded. He explained how it rings with similarities with what was said about the Jews in Germany in the early 20th century. Read the start of the article.
A secret cabal is taking over the world. They kidnap children, slaughter, and eat them to gain power from their blood. They control high positions in government, banks, international finance, the news media, and the church. They want to disarm the police. They promote homosexuality and pedophilia. They plan to mongrelize the white race so it will lose its essential power.
Does this conspiracy theory sound familiar? It is. The same narrative has been repackaged by QAnon.
I have studied and worked to prevent genocide for forty years. Genocide Watch and the Alliance Against Genocide, the first international anti-genocide coalition, see such hate-filled conspiracy theories as early warning signs of deadly genocidal violence.
The plot, described above, was the conspiracy “revealed” in the most influential anti-Jewish pamphlet of all time. It was called The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. It was written by Russian anti-Jewish propagandists around 1902. It collected myths about a Jewish plot to take over the world that had existed for hundreds of years. Central to its mythology was the Blood Libel, which claimed that Jews kidnapped and slaughtered Christian children and drained their blood to mix in the dough for matzos consumed on Jewish holidays.
The Nazis published a children’s book of the Protocols that they required in the curriculum of every primary school in Germany. The Nazi newspaper, Der Stürmer (derived from the German word for “Storm”) spread the Blood Libel. Hitler’s Mein Kampf, his narcissistic autobiography and manifesto for his battle against the Jewish plot to rule the world, copied his conspiracy theories from the Protocols.
You can read the rest in, “QAnon is a Nazi Cult, Rebranded.”
As I think about this I remember reading Bonhoeffer’s Cost of Discipleship in a Bible study years ago. Bonhoefer expressed disappointment in how many Christians supported Nazism in Germany. In light of this article I wonder what Bonhoeffer would say about evangelicals in the United States who support Q Anon? Well maybe we do and they just don’t want to hear the answer.