In advertising, everyone knows the most important group to reach is the 18-34 demographic. These days, 18- to 34-year-olds even have their own evangelist, a pop culture-savvy Christian hardliner with the word “zealot” tattooed on his forearm and wrath emblazoned in his heart. His name is Jason “Molotov” Mitchell, he’s 33 years old, and he’s a self-declared “Christian Supremacist” who wants his co-religionists to shove aside “effeminized American Christianity” and start “advancing the Kingdom on earth.”
That means abolishing homosexuality, subjugating women, and “crafting the body … into a weapon for God and the Movement, ready and able to serve at any time” — in other words, unquestioning acceptance of draconian Old Testament law, and a willingness to impose it on others.
Mitchell looks like a hipster, but he reads the Bible like a Christian Reconstructionist, or one who seeks to impose biblical law on secular society. In a 2009 video blog for WorldNetDaily (WND), a far-right online publication (see also Joseph Farah profile above), he endorsed a Ugandan bill that would make homosexuality in many cases a capital offense. In 2011, he chided Christians who condemn Islamic Shariah law because it permits polygamy and the stoning of adulterers, noting that both are permitted in Christian Scripture.
“If the Bible doesn’t condemn something but you do, that’s not a biblical position, that’s man-made religion,” he lectured.
Mitchell, a former wedding videographer who says he came to Christianity after studying Buddhism, Islam and Hare Krishna, does not limit his commentary to religion. He’s described U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor as an “anti-American racist,” called the progressive Latino advocacy group La Raza “the tan Klan,” and spread “birther” lies about President Obama.
It was a 2008 video about Obama that put Mitchell in the national spotlight. In his “Video Portrait of Barack Hussein Obama,” he accused then-candidate Obama of being a racist, Marxist anti-Semite “discipled” in “quasi-Christianity.” The same year, an evangelical TV channel that had been hosting Mitchell’s edgy “comedy” stopped working with him after he made and ate a cookie decorated with the face of Mohammad, violating the channel’s promise not to denigrate other religions. But WND reportedly liked what it saw and has been working with him ever since.
Mitchell’s wife also posts on WND, under the name “DJ Dolce.” In 2010, she endorsed the thoroughly disproven theory that gay men were responsible for the Holocaust.
In early 2012, Mitchell released his first feature-length film, a pseudo-documentary set in a dystopian near future in which a group of “black power extremists” terrorize and murder abortion providers. “Gates of Hell,” as the film is called, has been praised by leaders of the anti-gay Liberty Counsel and the anti-abortion group Operation Rescue.
With friends like those, Mitchell, who once lamented the “lost value of extremism,” is doing his best to bring it back in vogue.