What would you say if you were asked what one worldview poses the greatest threat to life, liberty, and human flourishing?
Would your answer be Marxism and its march across history that has left 100 million men, women and children dead in its wake?
Would it be the Third Reich’s socialism and the untold numbers of Jews executed in its “work camps” such as Auschwitz, Bergen-Belsen, Dachau and Buchenwald?
Or maybe you’d say it’s radical Islam and the bloodlust of Boko Haram, al Qaeda, Abu Sayyaf or the Taliban?
Some of you might even suggest it’s closer to home and point out the shameless racial hatred and violence of the Ku Klux Klan, Black Lives Matter, antifa and the Aryan Brotherhood.
Who would make it to the top of your list? What organizations would you call the world’s most dangerous? What philosophies would you suggest need to be watched or even policed because of their obvious threats to human life and prosperity?
Now, if you think this is just a hypothetical or academic exercise, consider that our betters at the United Nations have already answered this question. The worldview they have declared to be the most dangerous of all — the one way of believing and behaving they think needs to be shut down and silenced because of its threat to world peace — is biblical Christianity.
Hyperbolic and exaggeration, you say? Well, consider this story, as reported last week by Cheryl K. Chumley, here in The Washington Times. “In its upcoming 53rd meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council,” Ms. Chumley says, “the U.N. is poised to … release a report on the ‘perceived contradictions’ between the LGBTQ agenda and religious teachings.” Ms. Chumley goes on to cite that the U.N.’s own website has announced that “an Independent Expert on the protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) … will give an update on how to prevent violence against those who identify with the LGBTQ community.”
And who will be at the top of this “experts’” list of violent extremists? Well, the U.N. answers that for us: “[T]he [Independent Expert on] SOGI will explore the legal, political, and ethical dynamics between the human rights of persons with diverse sexual orientations and gender identities and the human right to freedom of religion or belief. … [Our] report will examine long-established and emerging discourses driving perceived contradictions between the right to freedom of religion or belief and freedom from violence and discrimination.”
In case you missed the obvious, what the smart people at the pinnacles of power are saying is this: If you are a practicing Christian who believes what the Bible says, you are bad — very, very bad — and you represent one of the greatest threats to the international community’s hellbent determination to dumb down the definition of human identity to nothing more than the sum total of human inclinations and desires.
Stated another way, if you believe that none of us have to settle for being “born that way” and that everyone can instead be “born again” and, thus, learn to actually control ourselves and be defined by their Lord rather than our libido, you are a bigot, a hater, a racist, a homophobe, and a potential perpetrator of “violence and discrimination” against the entire human race.
Before you conclude that this is just crazy talk coming from out-of-touch elites at the United Nations, consider these other recent stories.
This past week, police in Australia declared that “the Christian fundamentalist belief system known as premillennialism” was responsible for a recent act of domestic terrorism in their country. Apparently, the millennia-old belief that the Prince of Peace will return to Earth and reign for a thousand years now makes you a threat to world peace.
And moving from the Land Down Under to America’s heartland, there’s the story of Jacob Kersey, a Georgia police officer who was recently forced to resign after sharing his shocking Christian beliefs on his social media account. What were the officer’s terrible views that threatened all freedom-loving Americans, you ask? Well, here’s his Facebook post: “God designed marriage. Marriage refers to Christ and the church. That’s why there is no such thing as homosexual marriage.”
Then there’s Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s post-Super Bowl tweet that accused a group of Christians, who spent a ton of money on an ad about Jesus, of “making fascism look benign.”
If you’re tempted to dismiss all this as little more than the adolescent ramblings of a millennial bartender and a bunch of crazy Aussies who’ve just been imbibing too much U.N. Kool-Aid, I close with these words from Martyn Iles: “We’re living in a clown world. In Ancient Rome, the authorities blamed Christianity for the evils of their day because they either hated it or were totally ignorant concerning it. I guess history can repeat [itself].”
• Everett Piper (dreverettpiper.com, @dreverettpiper), a columnist for The Washington Times, is a former university president and radio host.