“McCarthyism” is the practice of making accusations of subversion or treason without proper regard for evidence. It also means “the practice of making unfair allegations or using unfair investigative techniques, especially in order to restrict dissent or political criticism.”
The term is also now used more generally to describe reckless, unsubstantiated accusations, as well as demagogic attacks on the character or patriotism of political adversaries.”
During the “Red Scare” of the early Fifties Sen. Joe McCarthy used his political power to create an atmosphere of hate and suspicion in this country with insidious accusations that thousands of citizens were communists.
Careers and reputations were lost, blacklists created, and good people destroyed.
It remains one of the most shameful times in American history.
McCarthy’s reign of terror end after an exchange on national television…
“The most famous incident in the hearings was an exchange between McCarthy and the army’s chief legal representative, Joseph Nye welch. On June 9, the 30th day of the hearings, Welch challenged Roy Cohn to provide U.S. Attorney General Herbert Brownell Jr. with McCarthy’s list of 130 Communists or subversives in defense plants “before the sun goes down”. McCarthy stepped in and said that if Welch was so concerned about persons aiding the Communist Party, he should check on a man in his Boston law office named Fred Fisher, who had once belonged to the National Lawyers Guild, a progressive lawyers association. In an impassioned defense of Fisher, Welch responded, “Until this moment, Senator, I think I never really gauged your cruelty or your recklessness …” When McCarthy resumed his attack, Welch interrupted him: “Let us not assassinate this lad further, Senator. You’ve done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?”
The Calvary Chapel split has revealed that McCarthyism is alive and well in the church.
The split has been fueled by unsubstantiated accusations of theological treason put forth by some Calvary Chapel Association council members and spread like manure on a field by the online “discernment” ministries.
Bearing false witness has become an acceptable means to achieve theological “purity”.
One of the ‘proofs” being spread about that allegedly shows Brian Brodersen’s theological “treason” is a video of a young woman “teaching” at a missions conference.
I will not call her name here as she has already suffered enough at the hands of the careless.
She is offering her testimony to a “mixed” group of men and women.
She is not acting in the office of a pastor,nor, according to my sources, does she seek such.
Despite this, and despite Brodersen’s clear explanation of his position on women in ministry, the video is being used to discredit them both.
While the demagogues war over the spoils of another man’s work, missionaries are becoming collateral damage in the tyrants lust for power.
Will they be forced to choose between the two factions even at the cost of losing part of their support?
Will they be subjected to the kind of attacks that this faithful young woman has had to endure?
To those who are propagating false accusations, half truths, and guilt by association, I ask…have you no sense of decency?
Is it not enough that you have widely slandered one man, confused thousands, and split a movement?
Will you continue to support missionaries who feel no need to choose between you and those you attack or will they become “collateral damage” in your political feud?
It’s way past time that decency and truly Christian ethics became part of the CC “distinctives” that some are trying so hard to protect…or watch old time McCarthyism replaced with McFochtism with the same results…