by Fr Richard Heilman | July 10, 2020 2:58 PM
Facebook suspended my account for 24 hours for sharing a Youtube video (below) of a doctor who has had success with a treatment for CV-19. Folks have come to call this “Facebook Jail.” I could see FB posts and Private Messages (PMs), but I could not post or comment.
The video that, supposedly, does not follow Facebook’s community standards, has 1.5 million views in one week, and is not banned on Youtube. So, this is clearly a “fake excuse” for penalizing me and an attempt to silence me.
According to Facebook, that was my 2nd “offense.” On May 10, I received my first “warning” for going against community standards for sharing a quote (see below) by the infamous Joseph Goebbels, who was one of Hitler’s top propagandists. I had been warning all along that our times resemble, in many ways, the propaganda (“message control”) of 1930s Germany. But, apparently, the “Mob” does not want us to make such connections. I’m told, a third infraction will suspend my FB account for 3 days. “So, I better not …”. So, I better not WHAT? What “fake excuse” for penalizing me will come next?!
Obviously, this is not about this video or quote, but about the many ways I choose to speak the “truth” openly, which is not allowed by the “Mob,” who is clearly in control now. This is the classic “chilling effect” meant to place fear in anyone who does not stay within the lines of the Mob’s agenda.
“Chilling effect” is a term in law and communication that describes a situation where a speech or conduct is suppressed by fear of penalization at the interests of an individual or group.
Recently, a priest was suspended for warning his flock of the underlying agenda of the leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement (which include designs toward Marxism and to disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear-family-structure). Another priest was just relieved of his duties for publicly stating that the Church teaches that marriage is meant for one man and one woman. In a statement from his bishop, “Father Klee has shown a pattern of making communications to a broad audience on a variety of contemporary issues which are frankly divisive,” claimed Bishop Brennan. “While these communications seemingly present Catholic moral teaching, they are often offensive and disrespectful to the human dignity of persons.”
You read that correctly. Because those who “oppose the Holy Spirit” aggressively express their offense of Divine Revelation (Sacred Scripture, Sacred Tradition), we must remain silent on these teachings. For the sake of unity, we must silently sit by and allow the normalization of killing babies, the demise of the nuclear family, homosexuality, gender dysphoria (grown men share a bathroom with little girls), Marxism, etc.. These calls for silence, amid the aggression of the mob, have turned an incrementalism of evil into a bum-rush of everything that betrays the will of God.
Archbishop Fulton Sheen wrote,
“The refusal to take sides on great moral issues is itself a decision. It is a silent acquiescence to evil. The Tragedy of our time is that those who still believe in honesty lack fire and conviction, while those who believe in dishonesty are full of passionate conviction.”
In today’s Gospel, Jesus did not prescribe this silent acquiescence to evil as a way to avoid division. We are not to kowtow to any “chilling effect” from the Mob. Instead, we must be willing to boldly speak the truth with love, in spite of the backlash that is sure to come:
Brother will hand over brother to death,
and the father his child;
children will rise up against parents and have them put to death.
You will be hated by all because of my name,
but whoever endures to the end will be saved (Matthew 10:21-22).
There it is: “… but whoever endures to the end will be saved.” In the present climate, those who oppose the Holy Spirit are being rewarded (prestige, advancement, wealth, power, etc.), while those who stand with Christ are being punished (ostracized, demoted, job loss, shamed, etc.)
So, I need to ask myself: What if I got hit by a car today? So, now, I am standing before the Judgment Throne of God. Will I be eternally condemned for being divisive in speaking truth that might offend those who oppose the truth? Or, will I be saved because I endured, in fortitude, to not be afraid to thwart the advancement of evil, in our times, by standing with Christ, and His truth, come what may?
Where do you stand?
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