When the head of the American Federation of Teachers used the word “demonic” recently to describe one side of the fight over radical gender ideology, you would be forgiven for hoping that there had been a moment of awakening in a stronghold of activism – did a Big Education leader finally wake up to the madness occurring in our schools? No, Randi Weingarten (the president of the AFT) was simply calling those opposed to radical, anti-biology agendas “demonic.”
During an interview with MSNBC, Weingarten expressed her displeasure (to put it lightly) with Republicans who took on the culture wars leading up to the midterm elections:
“They spent $50 million against trans kids in this last election. How dare they? And you wonder what just happened in the club in Colorado? So what’s dangerous is their rhetoric. What is demonic is their rhetoric.”
Why exactly she thinks it is evil to ensure that children aren’t propagandized to by activist teachers isn’t clear, but Dr. Jennifer Bauwens of the Family Research Council’s Center for Family Studies has an explanation for Weingarten’s loaded choice of words.
“People throw around the word ‘demonize’ or ‘demonic’; in popular culture it gets thrown around as a way to really just say something is evil, and almost to characterize it as unredeemable,” she told The Washington Stand. “Because if someone is ‘demonic,’ there’s nothing you can do about it. From the Christian perspective, if someone is demonic, we know who to run to, and the truth will set us free, so we always have hope in that sense. In [Weingarten’s] terms, calling them ‘demonic’ is really just to say that Republicans are evil and unredeemable, but it’s also a really prominent tactic that those who are opposing keeping kids safe from transgender procedures are using.”
Bauwens continued, “I think this is a tactic that is used in a widespread way on a number of social issues. It’s ‘Whatever [I’m] doing, I’m going to call you out and say you’re doing it.’ In the psychological world, it’s called a projective identification — what I’m actually doing I’m putting on to you.”
The good news is that to anyone who is paying attention, the side of the argument attempting to normalize the systemic mutilation of children in the name of woke ideology doesn’t have a leg to stand on when calling someone else “demonic.”
Even in the face of all that darkness, Dr. Bauwens is right. We, as Christians, know where to turn when confronted with demonic behavior.
We have a hope that will not be extinguished, even in the face of these brutal attacks on our faith, our freedom, and our country.
Isaiah 41:10 – Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.