The Left has done a 180 degree turn since its free speech heyday of the 1960s. What used to be an attitude of anything goes, and protect the First Amendment right to say whatever you want to say, has morphed into a heavily policed map of what you can and cannot say. Universities, once bastions of free speech, have now become the most controlled areas of all.

If you do not agree with the Left — even if you are on the Left — expect to be savagely targeted. You could lose your job, your career and your reputation over just one social media post. Not to mention being bombarded with vitriolic, threatening emails. Even left-wing comedians now avoid performing comedy routines on university campuses. Conservative speakers are violently stopped from speaking engagements there.

Judge Not, Unless You’re on the Left

Even the less-churched Left takes one verse from the New Testament and shakes it at the Right: “Judge not, lest ye be judged,” from Matthew 7:1. Of course, they leave out his explanation in the next verse: “For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you.”

Out of one side of their mouths, the Left shuts down opposing viewpoints with Matthew 7:1. Only the Left is allowed to decide what constitutes judgmentalism. The answer’s easy: anything that comes from the Right, nothing that comes from the Left.

Out of the other side of their mouths, they judge like crazy, and the punishments are harsh. Tweet something critical of radical Islam? Lose your position with ESPN. Don’t agree with Christian businesses servicing same-sex weddings? You will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law, lose your business and your savings. And here’s the most telling example: Anonymously tweet criticism of the Left’s authoritarian ways? They will track you down at your university professorship and you will lose your job.

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The Left keeps coming up with more and more ways to judge conservatives. They began using words like sexism, racism and prejudice. They expanded their attacks by using code words like diversity, multiculturalism, tolerance and social justice. Recently, they’ve started insisting on things conservatives oppose, like safe spaces, trigger warnings and Black Lives Matter.

Disagree with any of the “values” that go along with those code words and expect the wrath of judgment to come down upon you. The Left has become the modern-day equivalent of the Pharisees. Jesus warns about the Pharisees, who were the keepers of the law.

He says, “Obey everything they teach you, but don’t do as they do. After all, they say one thing and do something else.” This is the way the Left treats the middle class. “They pile heavy burdens on people’s shoulders and won’t lift a finger to help. Everything they do is just to show off in front of others.”

The Single-minded, Authoritarian Left

There seems to be no end to how far the Left would carry its purges if it could. Since the Left controls much of the educational system and media, it has tremendous power. Many of its repressive policies have been made into law under the Obama administration and in “progressive” areas of the country. It’s been enforced by a left-leaning legal system.

The late Charles Colson tells the story of a pastor who was about to be taken away in December 1989 by the secret police in communist Romania. Pastor Laszlo Tokes had been vocally critical of the totalitarian regime of Nicolae Ceausescu.

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Members of Tokes’ congregation refused to let the police take him and his pregnant wife, forming a massive human shield around the entrance to the church building. Soon, believers from Christian churches of many denominations nearby showed up to join the blockade, carrying candles. They remained vigilant all night, and began yelling, “Liberty! Freedom!”

The secret police eventually forced their way through and seized the pair, but the people’s brave resistance had helped trigger the Romanian Revolution. Within a few days, Ceausescu was overthrown and the Tokes were freed. Freedom began to return to a country that had been brutally oppressed for over forty years.

America needs people like the Tokes willing to speak out against oppression even at risk to themselves. We need people like the Christians who protected them even when doing meant they could have been killed as they stood around the church. The Left will make you pay for challenging the Leftist line. But courageous resistance is the only way Americans will reclaim the freedom the Left has taken away.