Coulrophobia – the fear of clowns – might seem like an old-joke from the 1990’s – but in 2016 not many people seem to be laughing.
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV)
As the darkness of the end times continues its rise, we are seeing stranger and stranger manifestations of evil not just here in America but across the globe. Oddly, people dressed as clowns, once a symbol of childhood fun and innocence, have been spotted doing all sorts of scary, freaky things. One thing is for sure, nobody’s laughing at the clowns anymore.
In recent years, clown masks have become a new favourite to intimidate and scare people. Recently, a 14-year-old teen reported a knife-wielding clown in Columbus, Ohio, who chased him down the street.
The boy told police that a man in dark clothing and a clown mask followed him as he walked to a bus stop in the morning.
According to the police report, he got rid of the clown by throwing a rock at him and fleeing to the bus stop.
In South Carolina, meanwhile, there are reports suggesting a clown or a group of clowns are “trying to lure children in the woods”. A property manager wrote to all the residents of a building suggesting extra precautions to ensure children’s safety.
Numerous children have come up to their parents claiming they have seen clowns in the area.
As fake clowns cause fear and panic in France, police now have been placed on high alert as reported by the Guardian.
The local newspaper, Daupiné Liberé, wrote, “These clowns aren’t funny anymore.” There is no humor in acts of violence. The evil clowns are committing crimes causing an increase in vigilante responses. This makes for a bad combination.
MSN reports that on Saturday “fourteen teenagers dressed as clowns and carrying pistols, knives and baseball bats were arrested outside a school in Agde, southern France.” Numerous other complaints flooded the authorities with reports of armed clowns throughout the weekend.
That very same night in Montpellier, a man dressed as a clown tried to rob a 35-year-old pedestrian, and along with two other accomplices, the three fake clowns beat the man with a metal rod. All three clowns were caught and arrested within 24 hours. At least three other motorists, all in different towns, reported they had been threatened by clowns, according to the New Zealand Herald.