By Dan Calabrese
Just because the media calls someone “right wing” doesn’t mean that person has anything in common with those of us concerned about lower tax rates, reduced federal spending and lighter regulation.
Just because the media call you a “conspiracy theorist” for questioning the honesty of government officials doesn’t mean you have to align yourself with actual conspiracy theorists.
And the slippery slope theory doesn’t always apply.
Alex Jones is either a kook, a con artist or a little bit of both. Some of you like him, and there’s nothing I can do about that, but even if you’re a fan you should recognize that his banishments from Facebook, Twitter, Spotify, iTunes and YouTube were not some sort of harbinger of things to come for people who vote Republican or go to church on Sunday. He and we are not the same.
Jones was banned because he’s made obnoxious accusations against the families of murdered children, and that falls way outside the bounds of reasonable discourse. Those of you who post on Facebook defending the tax cut or criticizing the Iran deal have nothing to fear from the fate of Alex Jones – a detestable creature with whom you would be wise not to align yourself:
Despite official evidence showing Adam Lanza blasted his way into the Newtown school, Jones has contended the whole incident was a false flag operation and that the families were crisis actors.
In the spring, Neil Heslin, the father of Jesse Lewis, and Leonard Pozner and Veronique De La Rosa, whose son Noah Pozner was killed, filed separate lawsuits in Travis County, Texas.
The lawsuits name Jones and his associated companies including Infowars, as well as another reporter for Infowars. They each seek $1 million in damages.
The families claim in their lawsuits that they have been the subject of death threats by Infowars followers.
Separately, a group of Sandy Hook parents and an FBI agent filed a defamation lawsuit against Jones in Connecticut court
“While the nation recoiled at the terrible reality of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Alex Jones saw an opportunity,” Koskoff said at the time.
“He went on a sustained attack that has lasted for years, accusing shattered family members of being actors, stating as fact that the shooting itself was a hoax and inciting others to act on these malicious lies,” Koskoff said in a statement at the time.
“I did deep research.” OK, bro.
There is definitely stuff happening on social media that’s causing disproportionate pain for conservatives, and we’ve talked about it here. All of these sites would be wise to revamp their practices and their policies so as not to alienate half the population.
But don’t confuse any of that with Alex Jones. He is just a lesion on the flesh of humanity, and that’s why he was banned. Nothing more. Any decent human being should cheer this, not worry that they’re going to be next.
Because unless you too have not a shred of decency and are a filthy liar, you and Alex Jones have nothing in common. Even if the media try to say you do.
Dan writes Christian spiritual warfare novels and does all kinds of other weird things too. Follow all his activity by liking him on Facebook!