Jim Caviezel, the actor who famously portrayed Jesus in Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ,” spoke at “The Patriot Voice” conference over the weekend. The conference has ties to the QAnon conspiracy-theory community, a group of far-right followers of an anonymous poster to the imageboard website 4chan known only as “Q.”
The theme of the conference was “For God and Country: Patriot Double Down” and took place in Las Vegas, NV from October 22 to 25. Featured speakers included Ron and Jim Watkins. Jim is the owner of 8chan, a successor to the site 4chan, and his son Ron is the site’s administrator. Many suspect that Ron is Q, though those reports have never been confirmed.
Other featured speakers included Sheriff David A. Clark Jr., David Harris Jr., George Papadopolous, and Wendy Rogers.
QAnon has been responsible for perpetuating conspiracy theories such as the belief that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from President Donald Trump. Many of the January 6 Capitol rioters had strong QAnon ties.
In a clip obtained from the Twitter page @PatriotTakes, Caviezel can be seen on a red, white, and blue-clad stage, behind a podium adorned with an American flag.
In his speech, Caviezel said, “Will you fight? This man says, ‘No, we’ll run and we’ll live.’ Yep, fight and you may die. Run and you’ll live, for at least a while. And dying in your beds many years from now, would you have been willing to trade all the years 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’s words were a quotation from a famous speech in the movie “Braveheart,” which starred Mel Gibson.
“Every man dies. Not every man truly lives,” Caviezel said.
Then, pointing to individuals in the crowd, Caviezel continued, “You, you, you, you, 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 angels in defending God and sending Lucifer and his henchmen straight right back to hell where they belong.”