Jim Caviezel Quoting ‘Braveheart’ at a QAnon Conference Is a Metaphor for American Christianity If There Ever Was One

The Passion of the Christ star Jim Caviezel quoted Mel Gibson’s famous battle cry from Braveheart during his speech at a QAnon convention in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Caviezel referenced the 1995 film during a speech at the “For God and Country: Patriot Double Down” convention, which included numerous QAnon talking points, according to Newsweek.

The four-day convention featured “a guest lineup of QAnon sympathizers and extremist-right figureheads,” with tickets starting at $650. While over 40 far-right speakers, the Person of Interest star gave the most viral speech.

Caviezel repeated William Wallace’s famous battle cry given to Scottish soldiers ahead of their “do-or-die” battle against the English. “Fight, and you may die. Run, and you’ll live — at least a while,” Caviezel quoted. “And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you have been willing to trade all the days, from this day to that, for one chance, just one chance to come back here and tell our enemies that you can take our lives, but you can never take our freedom!”

Caviezel then added his own spin to the speech, saying, “We must fight for that authentic freedom and live my friends. By God, we must live and with the Holy Spirit as your shield and Christ as your sword may you join Saint Michael and all the other angels in defending God and sending Lucifer and his henchmen straight back to hell where they belong.”

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The viral moment is just one part of his nearly 20-minute-long speech. The rest of his talk focuses on child trafficking, particularly the QAnon belief in a Satanic cannibalistic cabal made up of celebrities, Democrat politicians and government officials who are all involved in a global child sex trafficking ring. He ended his speech by discussing the “impending storm,” a term used widely in QAnon conversations.

“We are headed into the storm of all storms. Yes, the storm is upon us,” Caviezel said. QAnon believers theorize that former President Donal Trump would on day order a mass arrest of members of the cabal in a day called the “Storm.”

This is not the first time Caviezel has spoken for his support in QAnon circles. He has previously stated he believes a chemical compound called adrenochrome is being harvested from trafficked children. He shared this theory in April when he spoke at the “Health and Freedom Conference,” which ended with a “COVID-19 mask burning ceremony.”

It can be easy to dismiss QAnon conspiracies as ramblings from people who have gone off the deep end. But QAnon is a widespread issue that reaches more people than we may realize. A study from May showed that around 14 percent of Americans believe in the tenants of QAnon, roughly 30 million people, and one in four white evangelicals are estimated to believe in the three core beliefs of QAnon. When individuals with large followings like Caviezel get up and speak, they are able to spread conspiracies and misinformation to a wider range of people. It is important that the Church in particular speaks against these falsehoods and spreads the true meaning and purpose of freedom, not Caviezel or Mel Gibson’s version of freedom.

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