06/27/2011 (2:26 pm)
A member in a private, Christian facebook group recently had to be asked to leave because (s)he was touting an agenda in the group and would not let it rest. A stir arose when somebody suggested that perhaps (s)he was a deliberate plant from an activist group.
It turned out that (s)he was not, but in response to that possibility one of the members of the group posted this fascinating testimony, which I submit for your instruction today, edited to hide the identity of the author:
Posing as Christians
Some members have alluded to the notion that people might infiltrate [Christian] groups with the intention of furthering their agenda. While this may sound a bit conspiratorial, I want to acknowledge that it is true, that it is very common, and that I have been paid to do this– in the past, that is; not now.
Before I was saved, I worked for [organization's name redacted to protect the identity of the author.] I worked as a writer and as a(n) [official title redacted]. I routinely assumed false identities in order to introduce some radical agenda to a group. Staff writers had accounts at all the major newspapers’ sites and at various blogs and forums. We would pose as members of the “group” to legitimize our authority. I would pretend to be black, pretend to be a woman, pretend to be an immigrant, or pretend to be a Christian–whatever suited the cause.
My wife, formerly a [topic redacted] activist, did the same thing.
My point is, it’s not just “trolls” who do this sort of thing: it’s a concerted effort made by multi-million dollar a year organizations. They particularly want to infiltrate “conservative” groups and slowly introduce their agenda. The more people who profess to be Christians and, for instance, advocate for “gay rights”, the more tolerable the stance becomes. The position gravitates from “unthinkable heresy” to “well, we disagree, but we’re still brothers in Christ” to “acceptance”. It really is that simple, and frankly it works. We need to be cautious of this, and we really need to consider the motives of people introducing foreign ideas, as well as the impact merely tolerating those ideas will have on the future of our group. “Tolerance” is what they rely on.
My $0.02, from someone who’s been on the other side.
We all knew that they were there. Enough of them have been exposed for us to realize that there exists a concerted effort to deceive. But it is useful occasionally to revisit the evidence that we are not imagining this; the effort is real, and the damage is real.
This is why there is no point in dialogue with Progressives as Progressives. They do not believe the laws of decent behavior apply to them. They will lie without compunction to take you in. They will pretend to be interested in dialogue, but they are not. What they are interested in is winning by getting you to treat them politely. You will give ground; they will not. So long as the politeness continues, the culture will move in their direction.
The culture will never move back in the other direction until you identify them for who they are, call them the liars that they are, and take a firm stand on what you know to be the truth. Progressives must be confronted and called out.
Private, personal relationships are a different matter. There is no way to win them to Christ without engaging them personally. However, one must not let them use the relationship as a springboard into activism.
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Comment by Book
Actually, I have also come across this very thing. When I was working with some prolife groups, there was a huge hoopla a few years back when it was discovered that a group of young ladies had joined one of these groups with the sole purpose of trying to sow chaos. A couple of them had come up with the idea of trying to seduce some of the married men in the groups. As I understand it, they were unsuccessful and were exposed before too much damage was done. But to this day, Pro-life activists tend to be pretty wary of people they don’t know.
I could also name a few names, but I’ll keep that out of this since you’ve also taken the step of keeping them out of it. But you can email me if you’d like to know who to talk to about it.
Comment by Dale
And here I’ve been thinking that it was all freelance evil.
Comment by suek
It’s the oddest thing – I’ve tried three times to post a link to this article, and every time it has failed.
Reason for wanting to post it is probably apparent…on other blogs I frequent, I believe this is also the case. Having some clear support for the suspicion many of us have is a good thing to have confirmed.
Comment by suek
The problem was apparently in the other blog’s filtering system…
I got spam-deleted. I sent an email with the link explaining the problem, and the blog owner “rescued” my comment.
I suspect nefarious blog programs! They don’t want the word getting out!