Throwback Thursday -Congressional Investigation of Reds in Hollywood

By Kristen Johnson

On this day in history, October 20, 1947, a Congressional Committee began investigating suspected Communists in Hollywood. The House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) began questioning people about their possible involvement with the Communist Party, in a Salem-witch-trial hysteria. A small group of those grilled by Congress complained that their First Amendment rights were being infringed upon, and they were all convicted of obstruction of justice and subsequently served jail terms. (

We have a history of hysteria due to fear in this country, from before we were even a country (Salem Witch Trials) through the anti-Irish laws, Japanese Interment Camps during WWII, the “Red” scare in Hollywood, and the modern-day Patriot Act, among others. If Donald Trump has his way, we will move on towards refusing to allow anyone to enter the country who ascribes to a particular faith, Islam.

What do we really get when we spy on, discriminate against, and subjugate our neighbors? Are we entitled to a feeling of security in the name of infringing on the rights of people who are different from ourselves? Or, are we really only getting more hurt, suffering, and ultimately, hatred and even radicalism?

It’s clearly time to get back to the root of it all – loving each other, in spite of our differences. The Bible doesn’t say to love people who look, act and feel like you do. It says to love everyone and to treat them the way we want to be treated!

Luke 6:31 (NRSV): Do to others as you would have them do to you.

Serve all with love.

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