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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene — Facing Backlash Over Violent Social Media — Was Baptized at One of America’s Largest Churches

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene — Facing Backlash Over Violent Social Media — Was Baptized at One of America’s Largest Churches

GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene is a controversial figure in the Republican party. She was already contentious for past support of the QAnon conspiracy theory and berating survivors of the Parkland shootings, then CNN found that she had endorsed posts calling for lethal violence against top Democrats, including comments that said “a bullet to the head would be quicker” than removing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and that “through removal or death, doesn’t matter, as long as she [Pelosi] goes.” Even more bizarre conspiracy theories litter Greene’s past Facebook use.

That’s all extra odd because as it turns out, Greene’s Christian history is also well-documented. Author Jeff Chu found a 2011 video from North Point Community Church in which Greene talks about her faith and her reason for getting baptized. As Chu notes, North Point, led by Pastor Andy Stanley, is one of the largest churches in the country.

Many churches put together short video testimonies from members of the congregation, especially ahead of big public declarations of faith like baptisms. North Point is not at all unusual here. What is more concerning is that at some point after this, Greene started promoting incendiary comments on social media. When one Facebook user suggested former President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton should be hanged for treason, she responded: “Stage is being set. Players are being put in place. We must be patient. This must be done perfectly or liberal judges would let them off.” Other videos have been unearthed of her disparaging religious minorities and using a slur for people with learning disabilities.

And even that’s not even the weirdest conspiracy Greene has endorsed. On Facebook, Greene also expressed support for a QAnon theory known as “frazzledrip” — which is fringe even by QAnon standards. The theory is too disturbing to describe in detail here, but the general thrust is that a video exists of Hillary Clinton skinning and killing a child as part of a Satanic blood ritual. That video, of course, does not exist, but that hasn’t stopped QAnon from speculating that multiple police officers saw the video, but were then killed by Clinton loyalists.

The theory is a good deal more graphic and horrible than we can get into here, but in 2018, someone alluded to it on Greene’s Facebook page. “Yes Familia,” Greene responded. “I post things sometimes to see who knows things. Most the time people don’t. I’m glad to see your comment. I’ve decided it’s time to start doing a lot more videos and engage further in the fight. Most people honestly don’t know so much. The [mainstream media] disinformation warfare has won for too long!”

Is that the wildest conspiracy Greene has endorsed? Probably, but you also have to consider the fact that she once wrote a lengthy Facebook post theorizing that the 2018 California wildfires were started by a Democrat-controlled laser beam from outer space. That was in 2018.

On Tuesday, Greene took to Twitter in an attempt to get ahead of CNN’s story. “Over the years, I’ve had teams of people manage my pages,” she said. “Many posts have been liked. Many posts have been shared. Some did not represent my views.” She said journalists were “taking old Facebook posts from random users to try and cancel me and silence my voice.” She’s been deleting old tweets and Facebook posts, even as calls for her to resign come from both sides of the aisle. “She is not a Republican,” tweeted Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger. “There are many who claim the title of Republican and have nothing in common with our core values.” California Rep. Jimmy Gomez plans to introduce a resolution that would expel Greene from the House.
Wherever that ends up, the fact remains that Greene was discipled in a mainstream, well-liked church and still endorsed these views. In fact, according to her website, she was a leader and volunteer at North Point. Clearly, that doesn’t mean that Greene got these ideas at North Point — there’s nothing whatsoever to suggest that’s the case. But it does raise questions about just how people can become radicalized into conspiracy theories while attending church, and the role pastors have in making sure their congregants aren’t spreading harmful lies. A recent poll found that about half of all Protestant pastors in the U.S. hear conspiracy theories from their pews. The problem is a big one.

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