The Weapon of Intimidation

Last night I had dinner with several friends and supporters of THSC, and the discussion turned to politics and the current climate and what the future might hold. Some asked me, “What do we do to change this and protect our freedom?” My response was that we did not get into this mess overnight and we will not get out quickly. I told the story of how, in 1980, I thought we had “won” when Ronald Reagan was elected and that things would change for the better, for good. They did change for the better for a while, but obviously not forever.

We agreed that we must continue to educate ourselves and participate in the political process – to vote and work for good candidates and keep doing so for the long term. I have talked to many who confessed to me that they have not voted and taken part in the political process because they were “too busy.” That is no longer an option.

This discussion reminded me of the current allegations being leveled by the Democrats and liberals in the media against those who oppose the health care reform bill. They are labeling the dissenters as violent and racist in an attempt to paint all opposition as radicals and turn the debate away from the health care reform measure and against its opponents, in spite of the fact that no evidence of these allegations has ever been presented. That is not all that different from the personal attacks that are levied against those who raised opposition to a radical play at Tarleton State University last week because of its portrayal of Jesus as a homosexual. The play was cancelled, and university officials said the cancellation was due to “safety concerns.”

Over and over conservatives and Christians are attacked personally and portrayed as unreasonable and violent. The same kind of attacks are regularly leveled against the conservatives on the SBOE (State Board of Education) and any other group that deviates from the “politically correct” views of the liberal left in this country. The real issue is that there is an ongoing debate at many levels regarding public policy. When conservatives win, the left responds with personal attacks and character assassinations. The kinds of attacks that the media is highlighting against Democratic congressmen over the health care bill and worse are leveled every day against Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and many others conservatives, but that is routinely ignored. President Bush was attacked and excoriated by the left in this country for years, which was celebrated by the left as “participating in democracy;” but now that President Obama is receiving similar treatment, it is somehow wrong.

We must not allow the left and the media to drive us from participating in the political process and the public policy debates that will decide the future of our state and this country.


  1. Anonymous says

    This is a very narrow minded viewpoint…much in the same way you present the opposition to your viewpoint.

  2. Anonymous says

    As a person that sent an email to TSU's president, this past week, I can assure you that I did it with kindness and consideration of others feelings. Christians have the same rights, as any other group, to protect their teachings and beliefs. Christianity was attacked by the mere writing of this play, and it would have been wrong for me to have remained silent.

    Every single time Christians speak up…they are labeled as bigots, hatemongers, intolerant or narrow-minded. A person living a Christian life would never be any of these things; and would certainly never threaten someone. The people shouting, emailing or calling in threats are not Christians because that would go against the teachings of Christ.

    In my opinion, the contribution from this post come in the form of encouragement. Encouraging us to stand up for our opinions and beliefs; not to allow others to use the weapons of intimidation to keep us quiet. The teachings of our faith are not "politically correct" nor will they ever be. With that being said, I will continue to stand firm, with Christlike attitude and behavior.

    It is important for both sides of any discussion to remember to "agree to disagree" and respect others opinions. That's what makes living in America so wonderful.

  3. Anonymous says

    Not sure if the second "anonymous" is the same person as the first, but if it is…I think you have misunderstood Tim's comments. What the second 'anonymous' person said is the same exact point that Tim was making…

  4. Anonymous says

    Most of the time in polotics it has been Christians attacking other Christians.

    That is not so great of a witness, but how we respond is the most telling.

    Anonymous TX

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