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Is there anything the far left doesn’t hate other than having power? As I’m often fond of saying: Progressives ruin everything.

Super Bowl commercials designed to bring people together are no exception to this rule.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) had one of her little fake outrage moments when she lashed out at an advertisement discussing how Jesus Christ would feel about the division and disunity we are seeing in American politics today. She claimed the Messiah would not support an ad that supposedly makes fascism “look benign.”

A Christian group called He Gets Us spent $20 million for two Super Bowl advertisements showing Jesus as having empathy for the poor and immigrants and growing weary of the constant vitriol that has characterized political discourse.

One of the ads showed images of unrest and people yelling at each other in the streets, subway, and other locations. It also featured a man shouting at police officers clad in riot gear. The images were followed by an on-screen line that read: “Jesus loved the people we hate.”

The other ad featured a slideshow showing a black and white child running towards each other before embracing. The message encourages us to emulate these children in how they love each other.

Fox News noted:

The advertising campaign is funded in part by the family behind Hobby Lobby, as well as Christian groups and other anonymous donors. The ads were an effort to spread the message of Jesus to LGBTQ+ people and other communities that have often felt unwelcome by Christianity.

The He Gets Us campaign was launched in March 2022 and plans to spend $2 billion over the next several years. The ads direct viewers to a website that includes Bible readings, methods to chat with real people about religion and information about Jesus.

It was one of these ads that rattled Ocasio-Cortez’s gilded cage, although she did not specify which.

“Something tells me Jesus would *not* spend millions of dollars on Super Bowl ads to make fascism look benign,” she tweeted.

As is her typical modus operandi, AOC did not expound on her comments nor explain how either of these ads promoted fascism. Indeed, there was nothing political about the commercials; they were designed to promote unity among people of all political stripes. Perhaps the lawmaker simply saw that it was a Christian message and she automatically associates Christianity with fascism?

On Tuesday, He Gets Us commented on AOC’s criticism. In an appearance on Fox News, spokesperson Jason Vanderground explained that the group’s research “shows that many people’s only exposure to Jesus is through Christians who reflect him imperfectly, and too often in ways that create a distorted or incomplete picture of his radical compassion and love for others.”

He continued: “We believe it’s more important now than ever for the real, authentic Jesus to be represented in the public marketplace as He is in the Bible.”

Apparently a message of “radical compassion and love for others” was too much for Ocasio-Cortez to stomach. But her response is a mere microcosm of how progressives tend to approach Christianity or ideologies that conflict with far-leftist orthodoxy – they label anything they don’t like as “fascist” or one of their other favorite pejoratives.

Indeed, very few of them can – or will – explain why the label applies. There are two reasons for this. First, the label is usually inaccurate, so they can’t explain why it applies. Secondly, they know they don’t have to provide an explanation – their audience will eat it up without thinking critically about it. Fortunately, most Americans do not buy into this folderol. Nevertheless, it does not mean these people are not continuing to spread their warped way of thinking.

Just in case you didn’t see the ads, here they are. Is this what fascism looks like to you?

 

 

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