OPINION — Do you have the courage to save your community?


OPINION — ”Please don’t bring the Californians over here,” say local residents. “They will bring destruction and decay with them!”

Allow me to challenge that sentiment. The entire nation is in a precarious position, not just the west coast, and, yes, we need to act or face the consequences of our inaction.

Many of the Californians fleeing the land of Gavin Newsom and the far-left mandates are the ones who could no longer take it. To them, it was no longer worth the income and the fantastic weather.

Conversely, some of the “big government” socialist types who are fleeing California for the sunbelt states are seeing for the first time that people really do not have to sacrifice their prosperity and their rights to have a meaningful society. Please, actively dialog with these people and encourage them to deliberate upon the differences, but recognize those views are nationwide.

The K to college debacle

It is beyond debate that we now have well-funded groups and activists intentionally aiming to radically pervert our society through the educational system (see: https://thecitizen.com/2022/11/21/despite-angry-denials-questions-remain-about-what-our-kids-are-being-taught/).

The destruction is occurring in metropolitan Atlanta with large school systems subdividing students by race, promoting a false historical narrative, and convincing black students in particular that they are incapable of achieving, resulting in educational standards being slashed.

I have had debates with young adults who grew up in our community, went to college, and returned advocating various tenets of communist doctrine. They may call it “democratic socialism,” but the doctrines they espouse are straight out of the Communist Manifesto and Mao’s Little Red Book.

Eliminating religion and morality

Judeo-Christian morality is the underpinning of our American society and there are forces that actively plot to expunge it from our memories.

People familiar with history know that Karl Marx made it clear communism would succeed if they forcibly spread atheism and fear in the schools to destroy morality. We continue to see white males and references to teachings from Christianity scrubbed from texts and lessons in schools, all under the pretext of equity and separation of church and state.

This is not to say that young adults are not searching for something to worship and add meaning to their lives. We see this in our local community. One of the most prominent substitutions is the religion of climate alarmism (see: https://thecitizen.com/2022/10/10/climate-change-whats-being-taught-in-fayette-schools/).

The high priests of climate alarmism like former Vice President Al Gore parade on stage with an evangelical vigor citing the prophets of doom with all the climate prophecies never coming to fruition.

Of course, there are also charlatans offering fraudulent claims of climate disaster like Bill Gates and others who own the “environmentally friendly” companies they want the government to force you to patronize as penance for your carbon dioxide sins.

This movement has religious climate disaster martyrs like the naive Swede Greta Thunberg who believe on faith, nescience, and are willing to stake your lives on their beliefs. Thunberg had to delete her tweet of five years ago, saying the world would be destroyed in 2023 by climate cataclysm.

They believe that human oppression is the only means to render the nemesis (human beings) to repent and worship at the altar of atheistic naturalism.

Destroying society with anti-science

Experience says that anyone who screams “trust science” and promotes censoring opposing views is actually anti-science.

Drs. Francis Collins and Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are perfect examples of the anti-science disseminated to our younger generations. The chief priests of federal not-so-much-science attempted to ruin the careers of renowned scientists authoring the Great Barrington Declaration (Dr. Martin Kulldorff of Harvard University, Dr. Sunetra Gupta of Oxford University, Dr. Jay Bhattacharya of Stanford University), expressing opposing professional opinions on public health strategies around Covid-19.

To date, around 873,747 medical and public health scientists have signed the Great Barrington Declaration as well as 47,541 medical practitioners (see: https://gbdeclaration.org/).

Many grown adults still follow the anti-science decrees of the NIH and CDC.

We are also being inundated by the trans cult. This relatively small group led by charismatic arts and entertainment figures and far-left leaders wanting to forcefully redraft society through excessively controlling government and media narratives has an unwavering devotion to replace biology with emotional gender dysphoric arguments outside the norms of society and science.

The barbarism of the trans cult has led to indoctrination at the earliest stages of childhood, sometimes leading to pharmaceutical and surgical depravity on innocent children. It is almost like some form of human sacrifice, offering up harmless children. Twelve states have had to outlaw transgender-related sex surgeries and cross-hormone therapies for minors and other states have pending legislation.

The anchor is no longer set

A survey has shown that 65 percent of our children from the ages of 7 to 17 have never been inside a religious place of worship. Is it any wonder that our nation suffers from a fading sense of morality?

Where are our churches? As a Christian, I recognize that Christ came to set us, the captives, free. Many denominations would rather redefine the mission. An ever-growing government has begun enslaving the population with handouts and forceful mandates.

The Rev. C.L. Bryant claims, “The slave will trade this freedom for more food in his bowl and for a roof that doesn’t leak over his head. The slave will trade his freedom for a paycheck that comes without work.”

A Wall Street Journal-sponsored survey makes clear that only 38 percent of Americans believe patriotism, love of and devotion to one’s country, is important. Only 59 percent said having children was important. The importance of religious practice is down to 39 percent.

Do you have the courage to save your community?

Start with helping the children not live under a burden of irrational fear. Here are three excellent books on climate alarmism deception that you can read and discuss with your children.

1. “Apocalypse Never, Why environmental alarmism hurts us all” by Michael Shellenberger, a Time magazine “hero of the environment” and an invited expert reviewer of the next Assessment Report for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

2. “Unsettled, What climate science tells us, what it doesn’t, and why it matters” by Steven E. Koonin, former Obama Undersecretary for Science in the U.S. Department of Energy, more than 200 peer-reviewed papers in the field of physics and astrophysics, scientific computation, energy technology and policy, and climate science.

3. “False Alarm, How climate change panic costs us trillions, hurts the poor, and fails to fix the planet” by Bjorn Lomborg, named one of the “100 most influential people of the world” by Time magazine, a “Top 100 Global Thinker” Foreign Policy, and “one of the 50 people who could save the planet” by The Guardian.

Encourage your children and establish their worth to their families and the community. Gender non-conforming teens need our love, not mastectomies and chemical puberty-blocking treatments. Reiterate to your state and federal elected officials that we must protect our vulnerable children. Understand how the Human Rights Campaign Foundation and the major corporations that fund it are trying to subvert our culture and our morality (see: https://www.thehrcfoundation.org/). The future of our nation depends on it.

[Brown is a former mayor of Peachtree City and served two terms on the Fayette County Board of Commissioners. You can read all his columns by clicking on his photo below.]


  1. I guess I failed in basic internet commenting I will try again. Steve is usually irritating to people that can’t justify what they want past the fact that they want it. Just because you say you for the people or the environment doesn’t mean you are. If you can’t explain how what you will do will benefit the city or the county. Then the best likely answer is that it won’t. I’ve seen Steve writing and telling people about subjects that he has thought through. So to you folks who want to turn Fayette county into Atlanta that is your opinion. I am for honest open and limited government. Fayetteville will densify it’s housing and then they’ll say wait our roads water and infrastructure maintenance isn’t enough and then they will raise you takes to the max allowed.

  2. Oh my… You know, I’ve known Steve was a mentally unstable right-wing firebreather for some time now, but this, even for Steve seems like it could be a new low. I imagine his vitriol drives a lot of the readership here, and I understand that. It is quite captivating to look deep into the mind of a once normal (or at least normal-seeming) and now deranged individual who must devour “news” from the likes of Tucker Carlson, Alex Jones, and god knows who else like he needs it in order to live.

    The man so regularly prognosticates the imminent doom and terrifying threat posed by “the communists” aka democrats, that you wonder how he goes to the grocery store without thinking the republic is in grave jeopardy when he sees a government employee or a person who might be gay purchasing an organic vegetable.

    What a rant though. I mean really. He goes from Californians to public schools to science and then Christianity, all in a stream-of-consciousness style that puts the reader on a roller coaster ride through the bowels of right-wing paranoia. Seemingly the only common thread is our imminent danger from communism. You wonder how somebody gets to be so deluded. It really is fascinating, and that’s why these articles do so well. If I was Cal Beverly I’d try to find a way to put more ads into Steve’s weekly rants. I’m sure creatine supplements and survival kits would love to get in on this action.

    • How about actually debating Steve’s positions instead of taking the lazy way out of just attacking the messenger? When you don’t offer up an opposing opinion on which to consider, you just look like a useless scoffer that doesn’t have any solutions and only likes to complain.

      • Wing – you are right. Apparently our public schools haven’t taught the ability to think critically, use facts and debate.

        Instead, all we get is a consistent emotional reaction by the lefties: call Steve names, say he exaggerates problems, and accuse him of bringing no solutions to the issues. Yada yada yada.

        As far as the latter, they missed that the entire last section holds Steve’s recommendations (even books to read!), so I guess reading comprehension is also in need of improvement.

  3. I never bother to read anything but the first line or two of Steve Brown’s babbling. The sky is always falling and we need always be in fear of the “non-conformists” ( anyone other than white, straight, upper income, deeply religious zealots… and the old men of government who care more about their pocketbooks, celebrity and jobs than the citizens who elected them to office.) As for “fleeing” California? Many folks are here due to job transfers. Particularly with Delta. That is why we are here. We had no interest in relocating, but one does need to have employment. But, all was not lost. We bought a waterfront “holiday house” on San Francisco Bay. We don’t care if Southerners buy the place next door and we love our California brethren we have met here in Georgia.

  4. Hi Spy – I don’t give a fig about the orange prevaricator. However, I will NEVER give a pass to these hypocritical evangelicals who sold out millennial-old ethics and morality for raw power and hatred. They tarnished a brand so spectacularly that it will take decades to recover, if it ever recovers in the United States (Christianity is actually growing around the world). Their domestic faith market-share is sinking from this monumental misstep, yet I never hear an apology. They merely double down on their losing strategy.

    Truth is stranger than fiction.

  5. Mr. Brown is our local “Nattering Nabob of Negativity.” He is quick with criticism, but he never has a solution, so he wallows in his victimization by those nefarious “others” always out to sink society.

    Perhaps he should read his colleague’s useful suggestions: “It’s always easier to criticize than to create” by Joe Domaleski.

    • Christians come in all shapes and sizes. Some strong and some weak all on their way to sanctification and eventually glory at the sound of the trumpets.

      And some are Christian in name only and don’t know their savior nor he them yet invite judgement on the title.

      I think the most useful post here makes the point that engaging the topic would be far more profitable than attacking the person.

      It might appear that those attacking the person don’t have the ability to engage the issues or don’t have the confidence their contrary opinion would be persuasive.