Understanding the Q-Anon Connections
I’ve never been a stranger to controversy and controversial issues.
I’ve always known when something I wrote was going to bring me conflict and cost me friends and supporters.
I’ve always known these things…until the “Q-Anon” controversy.
Before I explain why I didn’t know what hit me, read the definition of the Q-Anon belief system;
“The far-right conspiracy theory movement known as QAnon emerged on the internet in late 2017 and gained traction throughout former president Donald Trump’s time in office. QAnon’s core theory revolves around Satan-worshipping pedophiles plotting against Trump and a coming “storm” that would clear out those evil forces, but the movement has also been described as a “big tent conspiracy theory” that involves a constantly evolving web of schemes about politicians, celebrities, bankers, and the media, as well as echoes of older movements within Christianity, such as Gnosticism.”
As these component theories began to be expressed on social media, I was more amused by them than disturbed.
Who would believe such things?
Turns out…about a quarter of the people that used to read this blog and follow me on social media believe these things….emphasis on “used to”…
My mockery of believing that a cabal of satanist pedophile cannibals run the world has cost me more relationships and support than anything else I’ve done online for the last twenty years.
That’s also the same percentage of evangelicals who believe such things according to the polling data.
I could go into lengthy explanations about why I don’t believe these things, but it would make little difference.
You can’t “prove” that something that doesn’t exist…doesn’t exist.
The late, great Charles Bowden once wrote; “That which is explained can be denied, but that which is felt cannot be forgotten”.
If people feel what they believe, those beliefs are unassailable with facts.
Don’t get me wrong…there are wicked people in high places.
Some of them are probably pedophiles.
Most of the pedophiles in high places I know about were in the church…make your own application.
How do we address this belief system in the church?