Conspiracy Group QAnon is Finding Support With Pro-Trump Christians
CNN reports that the right wing online conspiracy group QAnon is finding support among conservative Christians who support President Donald Trump.
QAnon claims Satan-worshipping pedophiles working in the federal government’s “deep state” and are trying to undermine President Donald Trump who is supposedly the only one who can stop them.
Trump issued support for QAnon during his town hall on Oct. 15: “Let me just tell you what I do hear about it is they are very strongly against pedophilia and I agree with that. And I agree with it very strongly.“
Ed Stetzer, an evangelical pastor and dean at Wheaton College in Illinois, told CNN how QAnon is growing among evangelicals:
Right now QAnon is still on the fringes of evangelicalism. But we have a pretty big fringe. Pastors need to be more aware of the danger and they need tools to address it. People are being misled by social media.
Paul Anleitner, an evangelical pastor in Minneapolis, also warned about QAnon’s influence among conservative Christians:
I see this circulating through conservative and Charismatic churches and it breaks my heart. It’s pulling families apart, pulling people away from the gospel and creating distrust among people searching for the truth.
I reached out to my friend and told him the stuff he posted came directly from QAnon. He had no idea.
The FBI designated QAnon as a domestic terror threat, and has warned about their activities, noted CNN in August:
Fringe conspiracy theories very likely motivate some domestic extremists, wholly or in part, to commit criminal and sometimes violent activity.
CNN notes some of the evangelicals who are allowing QAnon to seep into their churches:
During services in July, Rock Urban Church in Grandville, Michigan, played a discredited video that supports QAnon conspiracy theories. “The country is being torn apart by the biggest political hoax and coordinated mass media disinformation campaign in living history — you may know it as COVID-19,” the video says.
Pastor John MacArthur of California, an influential evangelical who is battling county officials over the right to continue indoor services at his Grace Community Church, espoused a theme popular in QAnon circles when he misinterpreted CDC data and informed his congregation that “there is no pandemic.”
There’s even a movement, led by the Indiana-based Omega Kingdom Ministry, to merge QAnon and Christianity — with texts from both the Bible and Q read at church services.