Rick Wiles is an American non-denominational senior pastor at Flowing Streams Church in Vero Beach, FL, radio host and pundit. He is the founder of TruNews, a website known for promoting racist and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.
Mr. Wiles came onto my radar yesterday when I saw this …He went on to say …
“If they take him [Trump] out, there’s gonna be violence in America. That’s all there is to it. However he leaves, there’s gonna be violence in America. I believe there are people in this country, veterans, there are cowboys, mountain men, I mean guys that know how to fight, and they’re going to make a decision that people who did this to Donald Trump are not gonna get away with it. And they’re gonna hunt them down. The Trump supporters are going to hunt them down. It’s going to happen, and this country is going to be plunged into darkness and they brought it upon themselves because they won’t back off.”
Yes, before you beat me to the punch, I know this is just ignorance and hatred talking, I know that Mr. Wiles is but a gnat on the posterior of humanity. But … I propose that his speech is classified as hate speech and as incitement to violence and must be stopped.
I’ve said this at least a thousand times before on this blog … ‘Rights’ come with responsibilities. Rights are not unconditional. Those who cannot use their rights judiciously, who continually abuse them, who cause harm to others by invoking their own rights, must lose those rights. I’ve spouted endlessly about the Second Amendment, how it does not give the right to unfettered and unconditional gun ownership, nor the right to own an unlimited number of guns with the capability of killing hundreds within minutes. I don’t think the gun advocates or NRA supporters have heard me, but … know that someday, somehow, somebody will figure out how to shut the gun lobby down and inject common sense into the interpretation of the amendment.
The First Amendment is no different. Contrary to popular belief, it does not give people the unlimited right to say whatever pops into their mind, in any venue, and at any time. Mr. Wiles is a public figure, and as such, he has even more responsibility than the rest of us. He has a history of racism and anti-Semitism. He frequently referred to President Obama as a “demon from hell”. He has asserted that the effects of Hurricane Harvey on the city of Houston, Texas resulted from Houston’s LGBT community; has described Judaism and Islam as “the Antichrist”; has called Central American immigrants a “‘brown invasion'” being used by God to punish American whites because of abortion; has claimed that the Las Vegas massacre was conducted by government death squads; has asserted that Antonin Scalia was murdered; and, in July 2018, predicted an imminent coup that would result in the nationally televised decapitation of the Trump family on the White House lawn.
There are those who would say all of the above fall under the protections of the First Amendment right to free speech. I disagree. Remember when Alex Jones claimed that the Sandy Hook school shooting was all a hoax and that the grieving parents were paid actors? Some parents are still being threatened by the fools who bought into his theory. Remember when the same Alex Jones bought into the theory that Hillary Clinton and John Podesta were dealing in human trafficking and child sex slavery in the basement of a local pizzeria? Yes, folks, words have consequences.
Do you seriously believe that the framers of the Constitution would endorse or support a man calling for the death of members of a political party solely because that party followed the mandates of the Constitution?
I think we have long passed the point where we need to codify the limitations on certain ‘rights’, starting with both the First and Second Amendments. For far too long, it has been open season … people claiming that they have a right to say whatever they wish, whenever and wherever, and damn the consequences. Mr. Wiles presents a clear and present danger to all of us who do not sing the praises of the Oaf in the Oval, and this is not … I repeat … THIS IS NOT the idea upon which this nation was founded. The right to free speech was intended to provide people the ability to engage in political discourse, to state opposing viewpoints without fear of repercussions. It was never ever intended to be a tool given to those who would incite violence for any reason. This nation was once a hell of a lot better than it is today. Think about it.