You’ve heard of “FOMO” – fear of missing out? It’s the driver of much social media traffic as the perennially insecure seek constant connection and validation.

Well, look out for a new acronym applied to hard leftists: “FOCC.”

Fear of candy canes.

Yes, the principal of a Nebraska school dug deep to unearth an emerging year-end phobia – the anxiety caused by red and white “J” shaped candy. And it’s not just children. School grown-ups (or so they call themselves) are terrified, too. The “J” may be an actual cane or it may stand for Jesus, a really frightening prospect for those who are far from Him – or who want children to remain so.

From truthful pronouns to wise men, from Christ-centered Christmas songs to nativity scenes, the left’s list of least favorite things is growing longer by the day.

And the tactics to shut them all down are becoming more arbitrary and fascist.

The weather outside is frightful indeed. Witches have started casting spells publicly, their terror is so intense. From hexing Donald Trump, to curses on Brett Kavanaugh, to pentagrams tossed toward pro-life demonstrators at abortion clinics, pagan women seek to place spiritual binders on the people and ideas that make them tremble.

Babies are particularly terrifying to abortion-loving progressives.

Hard feminists are panicking about rape during the Christmas season. So it’s time to ban the 1940s favorite “Baby It’s Cold Outside” since it obviously reflects the predatory instincts of virtually all men and causes otherwise perfectly stable women to freak out.

Do truthful male and female pronouns strike fear into your heart? Then you should become Twitter followers of the entire school board of West Point (Virginia) High School.

They just fired a teacher who slipped up and called a girl student by her biologically authentic pronoun. How scary!

Ten Commandments displays are a year-round trigger for the atheists at the Freedom from Religion Foundation, which can’t seem to gain freedom from their obsession with Christianity and our God who they claim doesn’t exist.

The town of Dover, Ohio, is the latest target of the FFRF. After this group’s harassment and threatened lawsuit, the town moved its nativity scene as well as a Ten Commandments display from the town square to a nearby church property.

Watch out if your school has a 70-year-old display of wise men and the star, as in Newaygo, Michigan, where the school district is being sued by a “civil liberties” group. Liberty for me but not for thee, apparently.

If you have a picture of Santa kneeling before baby Jesus in the manger, be sure to hide it. The Facebook police may be on a search-and-destroy mission to assure it remains appropriately labeled as possible “violent or graphic content” so it is widely unviewed, never liked and unshared.

Conservatives and Christians are now routinely censored on Facebook if they express the notion that male and female anatomical reality is natural and normal, as opposed to gender rebellion – and that perhaps drag queens cuddling little children in libraries is an open expression of perversion.

Can we say on social media that homosexuality is an abomination, and that anyone can leave this non-biological, chosen affinity behind, especially through God’s help? Not very easily.

Talk to Peter LaBarbera, president of Americans for Truth, whose Facebook page has been unpublished in its entirety. New Testament scholar and long-time professor Dr. Robert Gagnon has been banned by Facebook for days at a time on numerous occasions. Elizabeth Johnston, the Activist Mommy, has also been a victim of arbitrary, anti-Christian, anti-truth Facebook bans this past year.

What terrifies these self-declared social justice warriors? Here’s the top of the list: Jesus Christ, His Gospel, His declaration of salvation from sin, His design of male and female, and His creation of new life.

And so they go insane over baby Jesus, adult savior Jesus, or any expression of the law, mercy or teachings of Almighty God.

Atheists are driven to ban nativity scenes, for instance. Their hatred of the God they claim they don’t believe in spurs them to spend countless hours and legal dollars to achieve this ungodly goal.

Yet it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God (Hebrews 10:31), which is the probable destiny (unless they repent) of these proud unbelievers; or the Christ-avoiding, spell-casting witches; or the intentionally hateful and defamatory Southern Poverty Law Center.

The SPLC staff feeds on fear – their own and whatever they can engender among impressionable Americans. They fret needlessly about Christian conservatives who object to public policy affirming homosexuality or gender-bending, and they continue to invent sins supposedly committed by these traditionalists who they claim threaten peace in America.

There are extremists in this country we should monitor carefully. But SPLC demonizes those who critique radical Islam, and the defamatory SPLC “hate map” was consulted by wannabe mass murderer Floyd Corkins to locate and target a Christian family group in 2012.

But SPLC’s name-calling is not “hate” – it’s free speech. Oh, now we understand.

Young liberals are easily triggered and justifiably fragile. Still, many find the strength to hurl insults and rocks at conservative speakers on campus. Except for actual (and few) racists, conservative worldviews are falsely labeled “hate,” and then banned – by those who truly believe they exemplify inclusivity.

Satan remains the father of lies, as Jesus told us (John 8:44), but the truth would set these people free.

Will they accept Jesus’ no-strings gift of truth, mercy and new life, free from fear?

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