The ANTIFA movement has issued a declaration of war on the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Let’s look at each element of the first two amendments and see how Antifa has proceeded to date:
Against Freedom of Religion: Mainly underreported is that Antifa has disrupted and threatened to attack Christian events. Recently, Antifa threatened a Catholic Men’s Conference in Michigan. Within the past few days, vandals, most like Antifa members, defaced the statue of St. Junipero Serra across from Mission San Fernando in California.
Against Freedom of Speech: Antifa has shut down conservative speakers on campuses around the country. The Antifa violence at the University of California Berkeley is very well documented. Often, because of the fear of such violence, college administrations impose exceptional security requirements on those organizations that invite conservatives to speak. This permits a left biased “heckler’s veto” to dominate events.
Against Freedom of the Press: The Antifa propaganda has been accommodated by the leftist press. CNN and MSNBC, among other news organizations, have interviewed members of this violence prone organization and have tended to favorably report on or excuse them. (CNN revised the title of an Antifa expose’, eliminating the phrase “seeking peace through violence”. Antifa objected and threatened violence against CNN if this was not done). Not surprisingly, many Democrat Party representatives excuse the Antifa actions and blame everything on President Trump and his supporters.
Against Freedom of Assembly: During the run up to the presidential election, Antifa struck with violence against Trump supporters. Most notable in this regard was the violence in Chicago but similar violent incidents occurred in Blue States wherever Trump supporters tried to rally. These disruptions have also focused on “Freedom of Speech” events around the country. The Antifa threats caused cancellations of such events.
Against the Right of Self-Defense: Antifa invariably attacks the police. As seen in Charlottesville, the police give way either to protect themselves or under orders not to intervene. As seen in Boston, when police try to separate opposing sides, they end up being assaulted or injured by rocks, bottles, sticks, urine, and feces. Antifa comes prepared to fight opponents even when neo-Nazis are not present. This violent intention has led opponents of Antifa to come armed as well. The likelihood of injury and death increases with every incident.
The Constitution is what makes us Americans. The Bill of Rights is what gives us our freedoms. Antifa is a direct and deadly threat to both.