Posted Nov 10, 2020 by Michael L. Brown

I want to assure you that the title to this article is not click bait. Rather, it reflects the very open sentiments of the extreme leftist, political commentator Keith Olbermann. He has made himself perfectly clear.

Before I share his exact words, though, I want to be perfectly clear as well. My answer to the question of whether Christian conservatives will soon be prosecuted by the millions and removed from American society is an emphatic (but qualified) no.

It is an emphatic “no” because there is no way that tens of millions of Christian conservatives would simply stand by and let this happen. Not a chance.

It is a qualified “no” because, in part, it has happened already. Christian conservatives have been prosecuted for their Christian beliefs. We have been imprisoned for our beliefs, right here in America in the 21st century.

More broadly, we have been marginalized and muted by the cancel culture and the spirit of intimidation. And the more we cower and capitulate, the worse it will get. Now is the time to stand up and speak out. And while Olbermann’s sentiments may be extreme, they are not isolated.

I have documented for years how Christian conservatives have been likened to Hitler, to the Nazis, to the KKK, to ISIS, and that was long before Donald Trump appeared on the political scene.

I have supplied verbatim quotes of protesters wishing that we would be thrown or the lions or killed in other ways.

And, again, this had been totally unrelated to hostility towards President Trump. The hatred was in response to our conservative, biblical ideology, most particularly, when it came to LGBTQ activism. And no matter how loving or gracious or compassionate we were, we were still branded haters, people who were a danger to society. People who should be removed.

As one reviewer on my Facebook page stated, “It’s people like this so called ‘Doctor’ are what are wrong with the world.

“People like him need to be bound and tied by their hands and feet, beaten repeatedly in the head with their book of fairy tales until they are twitching from never [sic] damage and bleeding profusely from their ignorant heads.”

Yes, “people like him,” meaning, people like you, too, if you share my beliefs. By no means was I the sole target of this demented person’s rage.

As for Olbermann, whose words reach far more people than that Facebook review, he said this on October 9: “The task is twofold. The terrorist Trump must be defeated, must be destroyed, must be devoured at the ballot box. And then he, and his enablers, and his supporters, and his collaborators, and the Mike Lees and the William Barrs and the Sean Hannnitys and the Mike Pences and the Rudy Gulianis and the Kyle Rittenhouses and the Amy Coney Barretts must be prosecuted and convicted and removed from our society while we try to rebuild it and rebuild the world that Trump has nearly destroyed by turning it over to a virus. Remember it.” (He also referred to Trump supporters as “maggots” and “morons” in his rant.)

Of course, this is beyond unhinged, and I pity Olbermann more than anything. He is certainly zealous. And I’m sure there are good things he stands for. But this is completely beyond the pale, totally irresponsible, and very dangerous.

Thankfully, this was not delivered on network TV but rather on Olbermann’s new YouTube channel (which now has 123K subscribers). And while the clip has 8.6K thumbs up, it also has 7.3K thumbs down.

But without question, his words reflect the seething hostility that exists toward Christian conservatives in many quarters in America today. We dare not underestimate it.

And even though this clip is more than one month old, I bring it up today because of the attitudes already surfacing in the apparent electoral defeat of Trump. No need to hold back any longer!

Yet this is not simply because many of us voted for Trump. As I noted, the hostility was there long before he came on the scene, and it will be there long after he is gone.

It is an ideological hatred more than a political hatred, a hatred based on deep moral differences, a hatred that can easily turn violent, as it often has through the centuries and in recent months.

That’s why it’s fair to ask: on what charges will people like us be prosecuted and convicted? (Let’s be more specific: on what charges should Amy Coney Barrett be prosecuted and convicted?)

And, how, exactly, will people like us be “removed” from society? Prison? Concentration camps? Something worse?

Again, I haven’t the slightest fear of something like this happening in the immediate future here in America. The country would have to fall to depths beyond our imagination for that to happen so quickly. But every step in that direction is a dangerous step, and every step should be resisted.

It is true that Trump has inflamed hostilities with his own irresponsible rhetoric. We must continue to separate ourselves from those words and sentiments.

But let’s not deceive ourselves. Trump is not the ultimate issue. It’s our beliefs. Our faith. Our values. Our Bible. Our God.

It’s about to get really ugly here in our land. Resolve to stand strong. Resolve to speak the truth. Resolve not to be moved by fear. Resolve not to live for the praises of people. Resolve not to be marginalized.

And determine not to respond to hatred with hatred. Let’s show the Keith Olbermanns of the world who we really are. Let’s overcome evil with good.

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Prodigal48 posted a comment · Nov 13, 2020
Well, that was a cheery note. Not really. Keith O. has been a miserable person for decades. He's just becoming more hateful, and reaching into Hell for the worst things he can think of to say about, and toward, Christians. It must be a lousy way to live. How exhausting would it be to spew that kind of poison on a daily basis. Respectfully, I disagree with what Dr. Brown said about Trump's rhetoric. He has had to fight back against the worst attacks we have ever seen on a president. That's his personality. It's certainly not my way, but I understand him and why God is using him. I just pray God is not finished using him. Because we will see the end of America as a free Republic if Biden and the dems get in.
stephenkirk888@... posted a comment · Nov 13, 2020
Trump will win in 2020 as prophesied. The Left's hair will be set on fire! Then the prophecies of Mystery Babylon, which is the USA, persecuting Christians will begin to be fulfilled: For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, And You have given them blood to drink. For it is their just due." (Rev. 16:6 NKJ) "Rejoice over her, O heaven, and you holy apostles and prophets, for God has avenged you on her!" (Rev. 18:20 NKJ) "And in her was found the blood of prophets and saints, and of all who were slain on the earth." (Rev. 18:24 NKJ)
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Swkh310 posted a comment · Nov 12, 2020
SteveW couldn’t have made my point any more clear: the persecution complex and the absolute refusal to acknowledge any self-assessment whatsoever is at the very heart of the conservative Christian movement.
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RedTory posted a comment · Nov 11, 2020
Everyone needs to relax. This has been a stressful year. We are in the midst of a global pandemic that is putting everyone under enormous strain. Olbermann's comments are unhinged, but we all need to calm down. The current litigation and recounts need to proceed. It's unlikely that the Trump campaign will be able to change vote tallies in multiple states. There is no precedent for this in American history. While allegations of improprieties are gaining traction online, the Trump campaign has not been very successful in proving these allegations. Several lawsuits have been dismissed already due to a lack of evidence. I suspect that the 'prophecies' of a second term were more wishful thinking. A part of the church has become so obsessed with partisan politics that it seems like Christianity is secondary for these people. If this part of the church ends up looking foolish, God could be rebuking it for having its priorities wrong. Putting politics ahead of the Kingdom would be idolatry. Nonetheless, this needs to play out in an orderly, legal fashion. Once it has, however, there needs to be respect for the rule of law and if there's a new President-elect, a peaceful transfer of power.
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SteveW posted a comment · Nov 11, 2020
I see Swkh310 is right on cue with his (her?) usual inane comment. Every one of his comments is unfailingly critical and as far as I can tell he has never once made even a vaguely constructive comment on this site. I think he has been sent to be Dr Brown's "thorn in the flesh". Be encouraged Dr Brown, you must be doing something right to attract such persistent and unmerciful criticism. We need to pray for Swkh310.
czarpaul posted a comment · Nov 10, 2020
Let's not forget it didn't take too long after Hitler was elected in Germany for Jews to be openly persecuted and for the camps to be set up. Liberal and compromised conservative Christians will be all to eager to help. For the commenter who mentioned ancient Israel remember God removed them from among the nations more than once. No reason he can't remove us!
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austin posted a comment · Nov 10, 2020
Thanks Dr. B.: We were so discouraged. Nancy asked me “What does Dr. Brown have to say about this? I need to hear from an intelligent Christian. “ so we got this. We were discouraged - Now we are encouraged. Not about the persecution, but we will NOT BE COMPLACENT. We will continue to fight with God’s weapons. God has the victory.
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Swkh310 posted a comment · Nov 10, 2020
The persecution complex is oxygen for the Religious Right. It’s always been ridiculous and utterly unfounded.
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SteveW posted a comment · Nov 10, 2020
Good article Dr Brown. To be crystal clear though, "we overcome evil with good" by "turning the other cheek", and not by offering up our necks for beheading. We are also called to be "peacemakers" not "appeasers". Churchill famously defined an appeaser as: "Someone who feeds a crocodile in the hope that it will eat him last". Let us "speak the truth in love" but without giving place to evil even for a second.
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RAS posted a comment · Nov 10, 2020
There are many parallels between Israel in the Old Testament and America. As the word of God went forth out of Zion unto the nations in ages past, so also in this last period of time, many people of many nations are now proclaiming Christ through flourishing movements which can be traced back to missionaries, that were sent forth from America to preach the Gospel throughout the world. The Christian character of our nation has been dying for decades. No doubt persecution will increase and many laws will come into effect that make expression of some biblical beliefs punishable. The result will be that the persecution will have the opposite affect on people who will then become stronger and more outspoken. Trying to silence the people of God, the advisory will increase their visibility and revival fires will burn. Will Christianity regain worldly power in the form of influence of governmental policies as it has enjoyed in the past? In my view, that is very doubtful. However, my mind keeps going back to Samson, and America as Samson. As Samson lost the covering of his head and all his strength was gone with it, has our nation also ceased to be minded and guided by God as the covering of our head? Are we still truly one nation under God? I do not believe America is coming back to the pinnacle of its height as a worldly super power. However, I do believe revival is coming. Just as Samson was revived one more time for one last battle, wherein those who were slain in his death were more than those slain in his life. This is what I keep coming back to in my thoughts of Christianity in America. Metaphorically speaking, maybe there is a greater work, and a greater victory to be accomplished in death than in prosperity.