The left uses intimidation to silence their opponents because, frankly, it works.
A local pastor in the Seattle area canceled a May 2 appearance by Charlie Kirk, the founder of Turning Point USA, after his church received threats of arson and physical violence from “radical terrorist mobs.”
According to The Washington Times, Roger Archer, of Motion Church in Puyallup, Washington, said the mobs “vowed to…burn our properties to the ground” and threatened “physical violence against our church leadership, our neighbors, their properties, and basically wreak havoc in our community.”
“Nothing to lose, and nothing to fear”
In a video statement, Archer thanked local police for “[having] our back the whole way” but said their assistance was not enough to deter a “terrorist threat” against Motion Church’s multiple locations.
He also reprimanded Washington’s governor, Jay Inslee (D), and state leaders for tolerating mob violence and intimidation, saying “anarchists” now live without fear of consequences.
“Recent history has taught us that there is an apparent lack of interest at the state level of leadership to protect decent taxpaying citizens, those terrorist mobs know that there is no consequence for their lawlessness,” Archer said, according to the Times. “They have nothing to lose, and nothing to fear.”
Seattle, like nearby Portland, has for months been the site of considerable violent unrest that local and state leaders have been criticized for appeasing. The city attracted negative publicity last summer when leftists set up an “autonomous zone” that was eventually shut down after people were killed inside.
“Our governor will not protect us”
Kirk, for his part, said he was disappointed but acknowledged Archer was placed in an “impossible situation.” He went on to lament the climate of fear and intimidation that those on the left have succeeded in building across the country.
“If you get enough people in the streets, and if you are willing to do this, burn our country to the ground, you’ll get what you want,” Kirk said, according to The Post Millennial.
Archer called it a “sad commentary” on the times.
“Our deepest apologies go out to Mr. Kirk and his organization,” the pastor said, according to The Washington Times. “He deserves much better from our state leadership, but unfortunately, this is where we are.
“I will not put soft targets in harm’s way. I will not subject our community to destruction,” Archer added. “And since our governor will not protect us, we must take this course of action.”