Evangelical pastor and Trump ally calls New Zealand terror attack a ‘false flag’

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Megachurch pastor Rodney Howard-Browne came to the United States some three decades ago from South Africa, bringing his brand of evangelical Christianity, referred to as “Holy Laughter.” It’s a version of the religion in which one laughs a lot, and in doing so gets closer to God.

Back in the summer of 2017, Howard-Browne posted this image to his Instagram.

The caption read:

Yesterday was very surreal for @ahowardbrowne & I. 30 years ago we came from South Africa to America as missionaries. Yesterday I was asked by @paulamichellewhite to pray over our 45th President – what a humbling moment standing in the Oval Office – laying hands and praying for our President – Supernatural Wisdom, Guidance and Protection – who could ever even imagine – wow – we are going to see another great spiritual awakening #ovaloffice #westwing #whitehouse#washingtondc

Lay those hands on him! Maybe Rodney was trying to get all of Instagram to begin uncontrollably laughing that “Holy Laughter”? Well, Howard-Browne wasn’t feeling particularly humble today. After seeing that the New Zealand mosque mass murder suspect allegedly wrote a manifesto professing his admiration and love for white supremacy, Donald Trump, and Donald Trump’s white supremacy, Howard-Browne tweeted this out.

“False flag.” If you’ve never heard the term “false flag” before, it refers to the idea of military-like secret operations in which the intent is to create blame and incite anger towards a group one wants the public to consider dangerous. It is something that has a very real history in the United States. But, in recent years it’s been a co-opted conspiracy-theory term used to argue that (usually) Jews are secretly manipulating the world in an epic and melodramatically gothic takeover of the United States and every other white-dominated country.

Howard-Browne’s thoughts on this matter are not his alone. The evangelical communities cross the United States have really abandoned some of the most basic Christian doctrine in order to promote a white supremacist version of Christianity. So, while many evangelicals would bristle at the concept of “false flag” conspiracy theory, they seem to fine with supporting the people that float this kind of super-charged misinformation.

Offensive conspiracy theory isn’t just for the evangelicals, it’s also for people like Rush Limbaugh. If you forgot how large a waste of space Rush Limbaugh was, never fear, as Media Matters points out, even bag of putrid air Rush Limbaugh is pushing this garbage fire narrative today.

Limbaugh: The idea that there is far more crazed right-wing terrorism in America than there is any other kind is nothing more than a media narrative manufactured out of whole cloth, and it’s just waiting for events like this to take place, and this is what happens, folks. I don’t know, you probably get up and you see this news story and you just — in addition to all of the emotion you have over the sheer shock, terror, and horror of it all, then you realize you’re going to face a whole day of the politicization of it. You realize you’re going to face a whole day of Donald Trump being blamed for it, or you being blamed for it, or things you believe in being blamed for it.

There’s an ongoing theory that the shooter himself may in fact be a leftist who writes the manifesto and then goes out and performs the deed purposely to smear his political enemies, knowing he’s going to get shot in the process.

All you need to do is listen to Rush Limbaugh and Rodney Howard-Browne talk for a few minutes to realize that there is nothing particularly supreme about them. The most tragic and grotesque thing about all of this is that all the hatred and betrayal of fundamental Christian values is in service of a man who wouldn’t cross the street to pee on an evangelical if they were on fire.

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Rose
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Rose

I’ll never understand people that think Trump is such a wonderful person, because he’s NOT. I do know that the talibangelicals are NOT worshipping the same Jesus Christ that I do. Those talibangelicals are worshipping satan.

John P
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John P

You are so very roght!! Trump has all the characteristics of being possessed!

Marcus Goff Jones
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Marcus Goff Jones

The Jesus I know and I believe you know clearly said not to judge others; treat others the way we want to be treated. These Judging Evangelical people are not followers of the teaching of Jesus whose demonstrate love for all people.

Robert Burnett
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Robert Burnett

These evangelical clowns are practicing Idolatry, and God will definitely make them accountable.

Impeach trump
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Impeach trump

That is some real crazy shit with all of them

scorpio57
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scorpio57

Trump attracts terrorists.

Joseph
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Joseph

Evangelicals are in it for the money and power, just like Trumpty dumpty.

Reeby
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Reeby

Trump has identified himself as a “nationalist”, no “false flag” ; so I’m sure that makes Neo Naziss the Klan and all hate groups feel secure and protected. He can’t denounce these haters because they make up a part of his base.
Evangelicals have a different agenda than love, for all people, not judging others and spreading God’s love.