Politics and Violence Don’t Mix because they Can Lead to This

My wife and I are always looking for good films to watch. We’ve come across quite a few recently. The most recent is the 2015 film Michiel de Ruyter, called The Admiral in the English version. It’s based on the life of Dutch admiral Michiel Adriaenszoon de Ruyter (1607–1676). De Ruyter was “one of the most skilled admirals in history, most famous for his role in the Anglo-Dutch Wars of the 17th century. He fought the English and French and scored several major victories against them, the best known probably being the Raid on the Medway.”

The film is mostly in Dutch with Engish subtitles that’s easy to follow. It’s a great action film, and the history is true to form.

One of the subthemes is the murder of Johan de Witt and his brother. Because of a bad military decision, a number of crazed rioters executed the brothers in the streets:

“In the hysteria that followed the effortless invasion by an alliance of three countries, he and his brother Cornelis de Witt were blamed and lynched in The Hague, whereafter rioters partially ate the brothers. The rioters were never prosecuted, and historians have argued that William of Orange may have incited them.”

That’s right. They were disemboweled, the penis of Johann cut off, and their bodies cannibalized. In the painting below, you can see the progression of the crime. Their naked bodies can be seen lying in the street in the center right of the painting and then later hanging upside down on wooden posts.

From a political dispute, some people believed they were justified taking the law into their own hands.

Liberals have given their full support to the so-called Anti-Fascist mob. The goal has been to quash all political dissent coming from conservatives. Every time a conservative is invited to speak on a university campus, there are fears of violence, not from the conservatives, but from the leftist radicals.

In Berkeley, police literally stood back and let the riot unfold, later defending their passive approach on the grounds that actually enforcing the law could have caused greater injury. As it was, they intervened on a case-by-case basis to stop individual beatings and let rioters vandalize 15 buildings. University police made one arrest. City police reported zero arrests on the night of the riots. (National Review)

It hasn’t gotten to the point of murdering the political opposition and removing their entrails, but if they are given enough spurious justification from their ideological compatriots, it could happen. Actually, it did happen. We do know that Floyd Lee Corkins, who opened fire at the Family Research Council, injuring a guard before he was subdued, was not a far-right militia type. In fact, he was in full agreement with the “hate-group” label stamped on many conservative groups…

 

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Gary DeMar was raised in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Western Michigan University (1973) and Reformed Theological Seminary (1979). He has served as researcher and writer at the Christian Worldview ministry American Vision since 1980 and President since 1984. Today he serves as Senior Fellow at American Vision where he lectures, researches, and writes on various worldview issues. Gary is the author of 30 books on a variety of topics – from "America’s Christian History" and "God and Government" to "Thinking Straight in a Crooked World" to "Last Days Madness." Gary has been interviewed by Time magazine, CNN, MSNBC, FOX, the BBC, and Sean Hannity. He has done numerous radio and television interviews, including the “Bible Answer Man,” hosted by Hank Hanegraaff and “Today’s Issues” with Tim Wildmon and Marvin Sanders. Newspaper interviews with Gary have appeared in the Washington Times, Toledo (Ohio) Blade, the Sacramento Bee, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Marietta Daily Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, The Orlando Sentinel, and the Chicago Tribune.

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