Archive for April 17th, 2009

“Christians are the Terrorists Now” by Jennifer Rast

Friday, April 17th, 2009

Message to the Federal Government – Don’t Tread on Me (Click Here to Learn More)

If you elect a Muslim Marxist, suddenly Islamists become America’s friends and Christians are the new terrorists. From page 5 of the Homeland Security Report detailing the “Right Wing Extremist threat”:

Historically, domestic rightwing extremists have feared, predicted, and anticipated a cataclysmic economic collapse in the United States. Prominent antigovernment conspiracy theorists have incorporated aspects of an impending economic collapse to intensify fear and paranoia among like-minded individuals and to attract recruits during times of economic uncertainty. Conspiracy theories involving declarations of martial law, impending civil strife or racial conflict, suspension of the U.S. Constitution, and the creation of citizen detention camps often incorporate aspects of a failed economy. Antigovernment conspiracy theories and “end times” prophecies could motivate extremist individuals and groups to stockpile food, ammunition, and weapons. These teachings also have been linked with the radicalization of domestic extremist individuals and groups in the past, such as violent Christian Identity organizations and extremist members of the militia movement.

I don’t think an apology is gonna cut it.

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“My Life as a Right-Wing Extremist” by Michael G. Mickey

Friday, April 17th, 2009

Message to the Federal Government – Don’t Tread on Me (Click Here to Learn More)

Extremism. I know a lot about it. More than I’d like to, quite frankly.

Two years ago this very day, near the precise time I’m typing these words, Seung Hi-Cho was making final preparations to begin the Virginia Tech massacre which I, a police officer on duty in Blacksburg that day, would soon respond to.

Cho, using a .22 caliber Walther P22 and a 9mm Glock 19, would shoot 60 people that morning, 32 of whom would end up dying in the worst mass shooting in United States history – a day I will never forget as long as I live. It wasn’t the first time I’d been on duty and seen someone kill innocent people. Only a few months earlier, William Morva, an extremist of some variety, had gunned down a colleague of mine not two blocks from where I was sitting in roll call at the police department, prompting all of us to bolt to our cars before our briefing ended and rush to the scene, assault rifles in hand. Having done everything any of us could, we couldn’t get there fast enough to save Deputy Eric Sutphin. Eric was Morva’s second law enforcement officer killed, someone I felt a bond with as each of us had been shot in the line of duty before and survived.

Less than 24 hours before Eric was killed, we had stood not 100 yards from where Morva killed him and told one another to be careful. I’d told him how glad I was he was in the area with me at the time because we both understood how bad things could end up going – and they did.

Having read all this, imagine, if you can, just how upset I am today as I consider that my own government, particularly the Department of Homeland Security, views me as a potential right-wing extremist worthy of being kept an eye on. It makes me feel ill, quite frankly, especially in light of the role violent extremist types have played in my life. At 3:05 a.m. this morning, I was wide awake even though I was tired, just one of many pieces of luggage I carry around with me thanks to the kind of people the Department of Homeland Security thinks I may be.

The following is an excerpt from an Associated Press article that highlights this disturbing fact:

Department of Homeland Security officials have issued a report which links people with pro-life, anti-illegal immigration views, teachers of end-time prophecies, and veterans of war with “right-wing extremist” groups.

I seem to meet all the D.H.S. qualifications to be a right-wing extremist:

  1. I’m definitely pro-life as a Christian. It’s hard for me not to be in light of the fact the Bible tells me the Lord hates hands that shed innocent blood. (Proverbs 6:17)
  2. I hold anti-illegal immigration views, primarily because, both as a good citizen and a retired law enforcement officer, I tend to frown on illegal things being condoned as acceptable. Shouldn’t all of us who live in a society bound by the rule of law be against illegal things? Apparently not, based on the report. I meet the criteria again.
  3. I am a teacher of end times Bible prophecy who runs a website read by thousands of people daily. I meet the criteria again and this category? I feel I’m probably pretty high on the list of potential right-wing extremists, along with all the desperados whose websites can be found on my site’s LINKS page.
  4. While I’m not a veteran of military warfare, I am a veteran of the United States Air Force with bullet scars upon my body who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder I got while performing the duties I obligated myself to the second time in my life I swore an oath to defend the United States, its citizens and the Constitution against all enemies, both foreign and domestic. The P.T.S.D. probably elevates me a notch or two on Janet Napolitano’s list of dangerous types, not to mention the fact I have weaponry in my home similar to that I was armed with during my military and law enforcement careers, those weapons playing such an important role in my life today that I haven’t fired either of them (or any other firearm) since retiring from law enforcement in 2007. Some extremist I am, huh?

This is probably the worst day for me to be thinking about this, on the second anniversary of the Virginia Tech massacre, so I’m going to walk away from my keyboard for the rest of the day where addressing this issue is concerned, but before I go: It’s moments like these when I, as a Christian who believes that the return of Jesus Christ is near, can’t wait for that day to arrive so, in part, I can give poor Janet Napolitano and the Obama administration one less extremist threat to worry about, assuming the Lord should come for His Church before the president’s term in office ends, which may or may not occur.

I don’t know how many times per week I think of the Scriptures where we read that righteous Lot found himself “vexed” by what he saw going on around him prior to his deliverance from Sodom and Gomorrah, but it’s more than a few to be sure. (2nd Peter 2:7-8) It gives me hope when I can find very little otherwise, quite frankly.

Luke 17:28-30: Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.

If we are blessed, the Department of Homeland Security may be able to move on to more pressing matters of concern in the not-too-distant future – REAL issues worthy of being concerned about.

RELATED, SORT OF: The Department of Homeland Security isn’t alone in their inability to perceive Bible prophecy-believing Christians as we actually are.

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“Rediscovering the 10th Amendment – Too Little, Too Late” by Larry Elder

Friday, April 17th, 2009

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The New Deal, launched almost 80 years ago, represented a giant leap toward collectivism. But only in the last few weeks, as a result of President Barack Obama’s New Deal Reloaded, have some 20 states rediscovered the Constitution and the 10th Amendment.

Article I, Section 8 of the United States Constitution sets forth the limited duties and obligations of the federal government. The Founding Fathers designed a federal government that focuses primarily on national security, the rules of naturalization and a handful of other matters. And the Ninth and 10th amendments to the Constitution leave all other rights and powers to the people and to the states, respectively.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, standing with members of his state Legislature, said: “The 10th Amendment was enacted by folks who remembered what it was like to have a very oppressive government — to be under the thumb of tyrants in an all-powerful government. Unfortunately, the protections it guarantees have melted away over the course of the years.”

During the early days of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal, the Supreme Court actually ruled that the Constitution meant what it said and said what it meant. The court, for example, unanimously struck down the National Industrial Recovery Act as the result of a lawsuit by a chicken slaughterhouse, which resented federal control of its business because it operated exclusively within New York state. So the Supreme Court pointed to Article I, Section 8, which reads, “Congress shall have Power … (t)o regulate Commerce … among the several States,” and said the Constitution limited Congress to legislation involving interstate commerce, not intrastate commerce. The court was also concerned about the delegated, enumerated balance of power among the three branches of government — legislative, executive and judicial — especially the president’s use of legislative power, because FDR issued the executive order authorizing the code imposed on intrastate commerce. Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes wrote: “The President, in approving a code, may impose his own conditions, adding to or taking from what is proposed. … (T)he discretion of the President in approving or prescribing codes, and thus enacting laws for the government of trade and industry throughout the country, is virtually unfettered.”

Gov. Perry likened the intrusion of the federal government to boiling a frog: Heat the water slowly and gradually so the frog doesn’t react until it’s too late and it perishes. Thus, Perry opposes constitutional-law-professor-turned-President Obama’s massive federal intrusion into the states via the “bailout” plans.

But the resistance represents too little, too late.

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Governor Says Texans May Want to Secede From Union But Probably Won’t

Friday, April 17th, 2009

Message to the Federal Government – Don’t Tread on Me (Click Here to Learn More)

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry fired up an anti-tax “tea party” Wednesday with his stance against the federal government and for states’ rights as some in his U.S. flag-waving audience shouted, “Secede!”

An animated Perry told the crowd at Austin City Hall — one of three tea parties he was attending across the state — that officials in Washington have abandoned the country’s founding principles of limited government. He said the federal government is strangling Americans with taxation, spending and debt.

Perry repeated his running theme that Texas’ economy is in relatively good shape compared with other states and with the “federal budget mess.” Many in the crowd held signs deriding President Barack Obama and the $786 billion federal economic stimulus package.

Later, answering news reporters’ questions, Perry suggested Texans might at some point get so fed up they would want to secede from the union, though he said he sees no reason why Texas should do that.

“There’s a lot of different scenarios,” Perry said. “We’ve got a great union. There’s absolutely no reason to dissolve it. But if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people, you know, who knows what might come out of that. But Texas is a very unique place, and we’re a pretty independent lot to boot.”

Perry is running for re-election against U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, a fellow Republican. His anti-Washington remarks have become more strident the past few weeks as that 2010 race gets going and since Perry rejected $550 million in federal economic stimulus money slated to help Texas’ unemployment trust fund.

Perry said the stimulus money would come with strings attached that would leave Texas paying the bill once the federal money ran out.

He said he believes he could be at the center of a national movement that is coordinated and focused in its opposition to the actions of the federal government.

“It’s a very organic thing,” he said. “It is a very powerful moment, I think, in American history.”

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“For the Media, it’s Un-Holy Week”

Friday, April 17th, 2009

Most regular church-goers have heard their less scrupulously observant fellows called “Christmas and Easter Christians.” Well, they also have their counterparts in the mainstream media: “Christmas and Easter Anti-Christians.” How else to explain the spate of skeptical, negative stories that inevitably accompany the two most important Christian holy days?

This Holy Week has been typical. Newsweek proclaimed “The Decline and Fall of Christian America” on its cover. The Washington Post/Newsweek “On Faith” blog featured a post that belittled the significance of Jesus’ death and resurrection. The Discovery Channel aired a documentary that painted Jesus as little more than an opportunistic politician who caught a bad break in a trial.

But because Easter is so central to understanding Jesus and His purpose, and to Christians’ own understanding of the world, the secular attack escalates during Holy Week. It takes on more existential dimensions, questioning Christianity’s relevance in the modern world, the meaning of Christ’s lessons and ultimately, His divinity.

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