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Thursday, August 16, 2007

Homeland Security enlisting clergy to quell dissent

I'm going to start this post with a reference to one of my all-time favorite movies. In The Patriot, right after Gabriel goes to the church to recruit members for the militia, Reverend Oliver (Rene Auberjonois) lays down his clergyman's wig and takes up the rifle. And this is what he tells his congregation...

"A shepherd must tend his flock.
And at times... fight off the wolves."

I know: The Patriot is a work of fiction (even though some of its characters were real historical figures). But Reverend Oliver's sentiment is a real one for a follower of Christ. Especially for a true patriot in every sense of the word. Real Christian patriots are loyal to a law higher than man's. They will defend it. They will fight for it. If need be, they know that they may even be called upon to die for it. And they can accept that because they understand that there are worse things that can happen to us than deprivation of comfort or a painful death.

See that quote at the top of this page by C.S. Lewis? That's what that's all about. That's what most Christians - and especially Christians in America - used to know and appreciate.

Let me put it this way: a real Christian minister in modern America would not be blindly doing or believing whatever this government tells them to. A real Christian would dare to question, and to stand up and defy this government if it comes to that.

Well folks, it looks like sooner than later the wheat is going to be separated from the chaff so far as spiritual leadership in America goes. We are about to see who will stand for God and who will stand for man. From KSLA in Shreveport comes this report...

Homeland Security Enlists Clergy to Quell Public Unrest if Martial Law Ever Declared

Aug 15, 2007 07:07 PM

Could martial law ever become a reality in America? Some fear any nuclear, biological or chemical attack on U.S. soil might trigger just that. KSLA News 12 has discovered that the clergy would help the government with potentially their biggest problem: Us.

Charleton Heston's now-famous speech before the National Rifle Association at a convention back in 2000 will forever be remembered as a stirring moment for all 2nd Amendment advocates. At the end of his remarks, Heston held up his antique rifle and told the crowd in his Moses-like voice, "over my cold, dead hands."

While Heston, then serving as the NRA President, made those remarks in response to calls for more gun control laws at the time, those words live on. Heston's declaration captured a truly American value: An over-arching desire to protect our freedoms.

But gun confiscation is exactly what happened during the state of emergency following Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, along with forced relocation. U.S. Troops also arrived, something far easier to do now, thanks to last year's elimination of the 1878 Posse Comitatus act, which had forbid regular U.S. Army troops from policing on American soil.

If martial law were enacted here at home, like depicted in the movie "The Siege", easing public fears and quelling dissent would be critical. And that's exactly what the 'Clergy Response Team' helped accomplish in the wake of Katrina.

Dr. Durell Tuberville serves as chaplain for the Shreveport Fire Department and the Caddo Sheriff's Office. Tuberville said of the clergy team's mission, "the primary thing that we say to anybody is, 'let's cooperate and get this thing over with and then we'll settle the differences once the crisis is over.'"

Such clergy response teams would walk a tight-rope during martial law between the demands of the government on the one side, versus the wishes of the public on the other. "In a lot of cases, these clergy would already be known in the neighborhoods in which they're helping to diffuse that situation," assured Sandy Davis. He serves as the director of the Caddo-Bossier Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.

For the clergy team, one of the biggest tools that they will have in helping calm the public down or to obey the law is the bible itself, specifically Romans 13. Dr. Tuberville elaborated, "because the government's established by the Lord, you know. And, that's what we believe in the Christian faith. That's what's stated in the scripture."

Civil rights advocates believe the amount of public cooperation during such a time of unrest may ultimately depend on how long they expect a suspension of rights might last.

This Dr. Durell Tuberville is a bad shepherd for his flock. He doesn't believe in "fighting against the wolves". He's going to let the wolves come in and devour those that he believes he has been called to care for.

Heck I'll put it this way: if I were a minister in an area that the federal government was using armed force to suspend Constitutional rights in, I would have but one instruction to my congregation: "Aim small, miss small."

Ministers who go along with Homeland Security like this are traitors. To their countrymen and to their calling. They may not have acted upon it yet but they've thrown their lot in with the powers of man in opposition to the power of God.

And so far as Romans 13 goes, I'll attempt to put it in plain-enough English for these so-called "minsters" to understand...

Here in America, the government is not in authority over us! We the people have the authority! This government only has whatever authority it derives from us!

It is my belief that we rebel against this authority - which God Himself has entrusted to us - when we do not use it responsibly. And we do not use it responsibly when we tolerate these weak people who abuse it in the name of government. 1st Peter 2:13 tells us to "Submit yourselves for the Lord's sake to every authority instituted among men".

Well, the Constitution and what it stands for is what we have instituted in America. If we are not loyal to the Constitution against all enemies, then we are in dire violation of scripture. And I'll be damned if I let this government tell me not to be loyal to a Constitution that more people than we'll ever know fought and died for.

The wolves are coming. They want to devour everything that we have and everything that this country is supposed to stand for.

Where are the shepherds this time who will fight them off?


Anonymous said...

For a great online reference pertaining to Romans 13:

For those who wish to protest the 'teachings' of Dr. Durell Tuberville, he will be making appearances at Faith Based First Responders Training Conferences with: http://www.thephoenixprojectusa.org/id27.html