What does the Bible say about defamation of character? The prophet Jeremiah said, “For I heard the defaming of many, fear on every side” (Jeremiah 20:10). The action in this chapter was precipitated by the words which Jeremiah had spoken about the leadership of Israel and his support of God’s constitution. The leadership became inflamed with anger and did not take favorably to severe criticism. They felt they were above the law and no one who believed in the Constitution of God should be that bold.
Jeremiah was given the ritual defamation of character course -- put in stocks, tongue lashings, and defamation of character. An attempt was made to involve Jeremiah’s friends, who turned against him. Pressure and humiliation were brought upon him. They punished him for things he had said. His foes did not prevail, because they set themselves up in opposition to God.
Haven’t we just seen this same thing being played out by the radical left with the Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh? The radical left will not prevail. Now those guilty should be brought to justice and have to give account for their evil deeds.
As we know from the lives of Christian saints in the Bible in ancient Rome, those who refused to worship the gods of pagans were executed publicly. In the Middle Ages, those who refused to bow to the dictates of the elite were drawn and quartered publicly. That was the sentence passed upon St. Thomas by King Henry VIII. The point of this ritualized torture was to cow the observers into obeisance and fear with the intent to dehumanize the victim and make their beliefs less likely to appeal to others.
Today’s radical left has a similar and even more painful method of public torture; it is called ritual defamation of character. In her essay for the FEDERALIST, Stella Marabito wrote, “Why the Senate’s Ritual Defamation of Brett Kavanaugh Threatens Every American,” she points out how the radical left has followed a ritual defamation of character course.
Step #1 – In a ritual defamation of character, the victim must have violated a particular taboo. Step #2 – The method of attack in a ritual defamation of character is to assail the character of the victims using vague challenges. Step #3 – Avoid engaging in any kind of debate over the truthfulness of what has been expressed - only condemn it. Step #4 – The victim is someone in the public eye, because visibility enhances vulnerability for ritual defamation of character. Step #5 – An attempt is made to involve others in the defamation of character. Step #6 – The victim must be dehumanized. Step #7 – Must bring pressure and humiliation on the victim from every quarter, including victim’s children. Step #8 – Any explanation the victim offers, including the claim of being innocent, is considered irrelevant.
The radical left has used all these elements of ritual defamation of character in smearing Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. The bottom line is that by dehumanizing Judge Kavanaugh, they will intimidate others so that his beliefs are less attractive and will not spread. The radical left is trying to make sure that no one who shares Judge Kavanaugh’s Christian and Constitutional values will ever run for this office again.
In this goal, they are exactly the same as the ancient Romans and Middle Ages tyrants who used public torture and execution as a means of dehumanizing leaders against false gods in order to maintain their grip on political power.