QAnon has merged with white Christian envangelicals, experts say — and the results could be lethal — ‘It can and likely will get very bad’

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>Moreover, Clarke said there has been a “crossover” between the QAnon systems and evangelical Christianity that is going to imbue right-wing extremism with the sort of violent fanaticism more associated with al-Qaeda or Isis. > >“Religious terrorism tends to be more lethal, because people believe they’re serving a higher purpose by committing acts of violence, as opposed to secular groups or ethno-nationalists who are fighting over territory or land,” he explained. “You can’t negotiate with these people, and you especially can’t negotiate with QAnon, because how do you assuage grievances that don’t exist?” Jesus! (unironically).


>One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back. -Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark


This is why Q has worked so well. They attached themselves to evangelicals and Christianity as a whole so in order for their followers to take issue with Q they’d have to walk back their religion. What keeps people in fear and in line? Religion. And Q’s right there to “protect and serve” all those who believe. The deaths on 1/6 were just the start. Keep an eye on your family members who follow. If we’re ever going to get out from underneath the disinformation age it has to start at home.


The problem is that there aren’t huge nationwide consequenes for these types of theories. Having small individual based consequences won’t have much of an impact. Think back to Al Capone getting caught for tax evasion and other gangsters as well, that gave the IRS an incredible boost to the point that people were, and in some cases still are, filing their taxes out of fear from the IRS despite the odds of getting caught are actually really low. High profile and public arrests and prosecutions have an impact, and because that doesn’t happen anymore and Trump is acquitted multiple times these insane ideas will continue to grow and spread until the most unfortunate thing happens. Going after Trump, Guilani, Jared, and their families isn’t about revenge it’s about protecting the public.


It’s funny how cults find each other when they are chasing the same set of wallets….