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By Michael Brown, The Stream, May 16, 2019

Michael BrownA civil war is coming to America. Only this time it will be abortion, rather than slavery, that divides the nation. And while I hope with all my heart that it will not be a physically violent war, the ideological conflict will certainly be intense.

‘Hell Hath No Fury’

We witnessed some of this during the hearings for Brett Kavanaugh, when the opposition to his confirmation was fierce to the point of screaming and pounding at the Senate’s doors.

This brought to my mind the famous line, “Hell hath no fury like that of a woman scorned,” based on which I wrote an article titled, “Prepare for the Wrath of the Pro-Abortion Militants.” The article ended by saying “that hell hath no fury like that of the militant pro-abortionists.”

The very same day my article was posted here on The Stream, Jennifer Hartline posted an article titled, “It’s Not Kavanaugh. It’s Roe.” Her article ended by saying, “They hate Kavanaugh because they love abortion and he does not. Hell hath no fury like ‘women’s rights’ scorned.”

We were hearing the same message!

The Only Way to Describe This is War.

This is part of what I refer to as Jezebel’s War with America (the title of my forthcoming book), where the forces of radical feminism come together with the extreme pro-abortion movement (among other spiritual and cultural forces) in an attempt to destroy America.

The only way to describe this is war.

Confirmation for this comes from the response to Alabama’s pro-life bill, just passed by the Senate. As expected, the reactionfrom the left has been fierce and intense.

‘Fight Like Hell’

Note the italicized words in these tweets and comments.

“Alabama just passed a near-total ban on abortion. No exceptions for rape or incest. Doctors could face 99 years in prison for providing abortions. This is a war on women, and it is time to fight like hell.” (Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand).

“This ban is dangerous and exceptionally cruel — and the bill’s authors want to use it to overturn Roe v. Wade. I’ve lived in that America and let me tell you: We are not going back — not now, not ever. We will fight this. And we will win.” (Sen. Elizabeth Warren)

“Women’s rights are under attack. This relentless and cruel Republican assault on women’s health is designed to force a court battle to destroy Roe v. Wade. Democrats will be ready to defend health care and women’s reproductive freedom.” (Rep. Nancy Pelosi)

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The reaction from Hollywood echoed the sentiments of Washington.

According to John Legend, “These statehouses are waging all-out war on women and their right to control their reproductive decisions. This is awful.”

Alyssa Milano tweeted, “There have been nearly 30 bans on abortion introduced, passed, or signed into law in statehouses around the country this year alone. This is Trump’s anti-choice agenda and part of the GOP’s war on women.”

On Instagram, Tracie Lee Ross, with 6.5 million followers, wrote, “WE MUST FIGHT ~ this is terrifying.” And John Cusack tweeted, “This only ends with impeachment – and people in the streets.” As summed up by author Amber Tamblyn, “Good morning, women. Make no mistake. This is war.”

Do we need this spelled out any more clearly? We are being told that those who stand for Roe v. Wade will fight like hell, that there will be people in the streets — that this is a battle, a war. We dare not miss the meaning.

Replying With Calmness

Again, I fervently hope that this is not a physically violent war. I sincerely hope there will not be violent attacks by pro-abortion extremists leading to retaliation by those being attacked. (By definition, if you are pro-life, you will not seek to take the life of an innocent person.)

All the more reason, then, that we keep working to change hearts and minds, that we pray for divine intervention, and that we reply with calmness and measured speech rather than angry rhetoric of our own.

But if Trump’s election could stir massive women marches with Madonna expressing her desire to blow up the White House, what will the overturning of Roe v. Wade bring about? (This is part of the reason I refer to all this as “Jezebel’s war with America.”)

We must also be reminded by how heartless the pro-abortion movement can be, as represented by this tweet from “comedian” Michelle Wolf: “Do what the Alabama government refuses to do: help women by donating to [website]. Donating is as easy as flicking an embryo out of a uterus should be” (my emphasis).

Yes, a tiny baby is just something to be “flicked”! If this is how the left views a helpless baby in the womb, how will it view those who seek to overturn Roe v. Wade?

Recently, there has been an uptick of physical attacks on peaceful pro-lifers. (See here and here and here for examples.) And it is likely that such attacks will only increase in the days ahead. All the more reason, then, that we keep working to change hearts and minds, that we pray for divine intervention, and that we reply with calmness and measured speech rather than angry rhetoric of our own.

A civil war is certain. The only thing to be determined is how bloody it will be. Much of that depends on us. Let us pursue the cause of life.


Dr. Michael Brown ( is a Senior Contributor to The Stream, and the host of the nationally syndicated Line of Fire radio program. His latest book is Not Afraid of the Antichrist: Why We Don’t Believe in a Pretribulation Rapture (with Craig Keener). Connect with him on FacebookTwitter, or YouTube.

He became a believer in Jesus 1971 as a sixteen year-old, heroin-shooting, LSD-using Jewish rock drummer. Since then, he has preached throughout America and around the world, bringing a message of repentance, revival, reformation and cultural revolution. He holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from New York University and has served as a visiting or adjunct professor at Southern Evangelical Seminary, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary (Charlotte), Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Fuller Theological Seminary, Denver Theological Seminary, the King’s Seminary and Regent University School of Divinity, and he has contributed numerous articles to scholarly publications, including the Oxford Dictionary of Jewish Religion and the Theological Dictionary of the Old Testament.

Dr. Brown is the author of more than 30 books, including Our Hands Are Stained with Blood: The Tragic Story of the “Church” and the Jewish People, which has been translated into more than twelve languages, the highly acclaimed five-volume series, Answering Jewish Objections to Jesus, a commentary on Jeremiah (part of the revised edition of the Expositor’s Bible Commentary), and several books on revival and the Jesus revolution. His newest books are The Power of Music: God’s Call to Change the World One Song at a Time (2019), Donald Trump Is Not My Savior: An Evangelical Leader Speaks His Mind About the Man He Supports As President (2018), Playing with Holy Fire: A Wake-up Call to the Pentecostal and Charismatic Church (2018),and Saving a Sick America: A Prescription for Moral and Cultural Transformation (2017).

Dr. Brown is a national and international speaker on themes of spiritual renewal and cultural reformation, and he has debated Jewish rabbis, agnostic professors, and gay activists on radio, TV and college campuses. He is widely considered to be the world’s foremost Messianic Jewish apologist. He and his wife Nancy, who is also a Jewish believer in Jesus, have been married since 1976. They have two daughters and four grandchildren.