Last week I received my very first death threat. I work in politics and plan on being involved in the fight for freedom for the rest of my life so I anticipated one day it would happen. What I did not anticipate was where it happened and why. I received my very first death threat at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah for the crime of reading The Family: A Proclamation to the World aloud during a passing period.
It was shocking. I’ve been involved in campus activism for four years now, and I have engaged in campus activism at BYU multiple times on issues ranging from the Second Amendment to Constitution Day to Free Speech. Never have I received the kind of response I received that day. Within 20 seconds of beginning to read the Family Proclamation, students were attempting to get in my face, accusing me of being hateful, bigoted, contentious, trying to make campus unsafe, and accusing me of being “un-Christlike.” I did my best to ignore them and read on but by the time we finished, my friend and I were surrounded by angry students eager to attack us for what we had done.
When the crowd finally dispersed, my companion was pretty shaken. We hadn’t anticipated this kind of vitriol and aggression. We had purposefully chosen a place away from where the students participating in Rainbow Day were gathered. We had come to speak the truth. However, that simple act of speaking the truth stirred up darkness and anger to a level I hadn’t seen from BYU students before.
While this was occurring, an employee of BYU Broadcasting and current student, Caroline Coppersmith issued a death threat on Twitter, stating that she would stab me in all my vital organs if her tweet didn’t receive likes. Later in the comments, she promised to relay profane messages to me as I [bled out.] This shook us up even more. Fears of violence, stalking, doxing, and other acts of retaliation felt very real as individuals poured out support for her call to violence. My friend struggled to focus during the day, shaking and worrying about if he had been followed by our antagonizers.
Gratefully our actions inspired others, and that evening more supporters of The Family came and read it on campus. They were met by 30 Rainbow clad counter-protesters who heckled and tried to drown them out.
I hope this serves as a wake-up call to members everywhere. Tolerance it has been shown is not a two-way street. The repressive tolerance of Marcuse and the cultural Marxists has come to BYU.
You might ask “Why do these people bother coming to BYU if they feel this way?” Because these aren’t just people with different opinions looking for a space to be themselves. They are not victims looking for kindness. They are post-modern iconoclasts conducting their long march through the Church institutions.
We must realize this isn’t a movement we are dealing with, it’s jihad. An iconoclastic Rainbow Jihad that is bent on stamping out true doctrine and destroying those institutions and individuals that dare stand in their way. And as with other jihads they are not above violence and the threat of violence. They won’t stop because they cannot stop. This is their religion now. They have rejected the source of their divine worth and are attempting to fill that hole in their souls with the approval of those around them. But it will never fill the hole and so their rage will not abate.
You cannot nice this away. You cannot hug this away. You cannot tolerate it away. Putting your head down and living the gospel will not stop this. These post-modern Savanarolas will toss you on their bonfire of virtues. You will be offered on the altar of their rebellion. You will bend the knee or face the consequences. Conversion or inquisition.
The shofar has been sounded. War is upon us whether the faithful will risk it or not. The spiritual survival of BYU, our children, and ultimately our rights to worship God and stand for His truth is at risk. Will you answer the call? Will you stand for the Family? The forces of truth are marshaling at BYU, join us and help save BYU.
- “Behold the Enemy Is Combined (D&C 38:12)” -Elder Neal A. Maxwell, April 1993
- “Why Marriage, Why Family” -Elder D. Todd Christofferson, April 2015
- “The Plan and the Proclamation” -Elder Dallin H. Oaks, October 2017