A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from July 15, 2022
“First we overlook evil. Then we permit evil. Then we legalize evil. Then we promote evil…”

Fr. Dwight Longenecker posted on Twitter on October 31, 2019:

“First we overlook evil. Then we permit evil. Then we legalize evil. Then we promote evil. Then we celebrate evil. Then we persecute those who still call it evil.”

The saying has been printed on many images.

“The six stages of evil” (followed by a retweet) was posted on Twitter by V. W. M. Falcon on November 1, 2019. “The sermon takes as its framework a blog post by an American convert to Catholicism, Fr. Dwight Longenecker, on what he calls The Six Stages of Evil” was printed in Alive! (Ireland) on October 28, 2020.


Dwight Longnecker
About Fr. Longenecker
I was brought up in an Evangelical home in Pennsylvania. After graduating from the fundamentalist Bob Jones University with a degree in Speech and English, I went to study theology at Oxford University. Eventually I was ordained as an Anglican priest and served as a curate, a school chaplain in Cambridge and a country parson on the Isle of Wight.

Realizing that the Anglican Church and I were on divergent paths, in 1995 I and my family were received into the Catholic Church. For ten years we continued to live in England where I worked as a freelance writer and charity worker. Then in 2006 the door opened to return to the USA and be ordained as a Catholic priest.

I now serve as Pastor of Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Greenville, South Carolina.

Twitter
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
@dlongenecker1
First we overlook evil. Then we permit evil. Then we legalize evil. Then we promote evil. Then we celebrate evil. Then we persecute those who still call it evil.
9:18 PM 路 Oct 31, 2019路Twitter Web App

Twitter
Paul Williams
@freemonotheist
This totally sums up our culture:
First we overlook evil. Then we permit evil. Then we legalize evil. Then we promote evil. Then we celebrate evil. Then we persecute those who still call it evil.
6:26 AM 路 Nov 1, 2019路Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
V. W. M. Falcon 馃嚭馃嚫
@vwmfalcon21
The six stages of evil.
Quote Tweet
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
@dlongenecker1
路 Oct 31, 2019
First we overlook evil. Then we permit evil. Then we legalize evil. Then we promote evil. Then we celebrate evil. Then we persecute those who still call it evil.
1:15 PM 路 Nov 1, 2019路Twitter for iPad

Google Groups: tribulaton-times
November 4, http://www.tribtimes.com
William Zambrano MD
Nov 3, 2019, 2:29:15 PM
Tribulation Times
November 4, 2019
(...)
FR. DWIGHT LONGENECKER:  First we overlook evil. Then we permit evil. Then we legalize evil. Then we promote evil. Then we celebrate evil. Then we persecute those who still call it evil.

Twitter
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@Irishprolifer
First we overlook evil.
Then we permit evil.
Then we legalise it.
Then we promote evil.
Then we celebrate evil.
Then we persecute those who still call it evil.

Fr Dwight Longenecker
(This is also shown on an image.—ed.)
4:11 PM 路 Nov 30, 2019路Twitter for Android

Alive! (Ireland)
Recognising the Six Stages of Evil
By Alive Editor -October 28, 2020
(...)
The sermon takes as its framework a blog post by an American convert to Catholicism, Fr. Dwight Longenecker, on what he calls The Six Stages of Evil.

These stages are: 1. First, we overlook evil. 2. Then we permit evil. 3. Then we legalise evil. 4. Then we promote evil. 5. Then we celebrate evil. 6. Then we persecute those who still call it evil.
This is a kind of forensic examination of what Scripture calls 鈥渉ardness of heart鈥, of our growing resistance to God鈥檚 will in our souls and in our community.

Twitter
馃嚭馃嚫Democracy First
@snitstwits
Replying to
@Logically_JC
First, we overlook evil.
Then we permit evil.
Then we legalize evil.
Then we [elect] evil.
Then we celebrate evil.
Then we persecute those
who still call it evil.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker,
The Six Stages of Evil.
1:26 PM 路 Mar 28, 2022路Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
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@MrsLisaBaird
First, they overlook evil鈥
then they permit evil,
then they legalize evil,
then they promote evil,
then they celebrate evil,
Then they persecute those
who still call it evil.

鈥淭he fear of the Lord is to hate evil:
pride, & arrogancy, and the evil way...鈥
Proverbs 8:13
5:47 PM 路 Jul 13, 2022路Twitter for iPhone

The Patriot Post
JULY 16, 2022
The Progession of Evil
(The following text is shown on an image.—ed.)
First we overlook evil.
Then we permit evil.
Then we legalize evil.
Then we promote evil.
Then we persecute those who still call it evil.

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