Breitbart News site published the following commentary by Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) on Tuesday, Oct.21st. It’s a call to action – or at least, resolution.
Like so many of us, the senator believes America has reached a critical crossroads. And unfortunately, we seem to be taking the highway to hell – by way of fascism.
When the despotic mayor of one of the largest cities in the country thinks she has the authority to usurp the Bill of Rights to suit her personal political agenda, well – Houston, we have a problem!
On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther posted his Ninety-Five theses on the door of the Castle Church of Wittenberg. Christianity was for all time changed by one man’s confrontation with authority.
For his audacity, for alleging that one’s path to heaven could not be purchased, Luther was excommunicated. It took great bravery to challenge what was then considered to be the ultimate arbiter of God’s will. Luther was told, effectively, that his pathway to heaven was foreclosed.
When the Mayor of Houston, sent her legal attack dogs to demand the sermons of ministers who opposed an ordinance that might prevent churches from hiring people who adhered to a traditional faith, my first thought was of Martin Luther and my hope was that someone would, in elaborate calligraphy, stencil the First Amendment upon parchment and nail it to the doors of city hall.
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
The Amendment was clear, and its intent was not to keep religious people out of government, but rather to keep government out of religion.
There has been, and will be, an ongoing debate about the role of government in marriage—what our laws should be, and where they are made.
But make no mistake—that’s not what this is about.
Some will make this debate about freedom of choice, but the only way this is about choice is if we are talking about the choice with regards to expression. No one, no law is advocating any restriction on the choices of consenting adults, but for goodness sakes are we so politically correct that we will stifle dissent? Will there be no room for people who have traditional beliefs?
In the same way the law should not restrict consenting adults, likewise the law should have nothing to do with restricting or restraining the free exercise of a religious people who object.
Consenting adults of a religious persuasion should not have their ideas monitored. Religious beliefs cannot and should not be trumped by political correctness.
No law should prevent religious people from coming together and discussing what they believe to be right and wrong.
Dissent may well be the foremost of freedoms necessary to restrain despotism.
Foremost among these freedoms—mentioned specifically in the amendment, and even before speech—is the free exercise of religion.
Nothing chills dissent, speech, or the free exercise of religion like the heavy hand of government, which is why the Mayor of Houston attacking the pulpit is so extreme, and needs to be spoken out against, now, loudly.
When sermons are censored or demanded to be produced, then we are in danger. I don’t care if the sermons castigate the immorality of instant replay, freedom absolutely requires dissent. Anything short of full dissent is not freedom and should be fought with vigor, no matter your opinion on the subject at hand.
The First Amendment cannot be allowed to wither and die on the altar of political correctness.
Maybe it’s time to nail it to the door of every city hall, state capital and entrance to Congress every day, so they have a daily reminder of what they’re not allowed to do.
~ Sen. Rand Paul
I happened to catch a few minutes of Laura Ingraham’s Show yesterday while she was speaking with the mayor of Escondido, CA, Sam Abed. Wow! This guy, himself an immigrant from Lebanon, is more patriotic than 99% of his fellow Americans – particularly those of us who were born here.
Like millions before him, Abed was drawn to the United States by the potential for a better life and the promise of freedom. He saw America as a place where the color of skin, who your parents were, what social class you were born into, didn’t matter. As a place where equal outcome wasn’t guaranteed – but everyone was equal under the law. He found a nation where achievement was only limited by the size of your dreams, and by the amount of hard work you were willing to do. (Bear in mind that was decades ago – before we were fundamentally transformed by hope & change.)
Ingraham was discussing the mayor’s recent stand-off with the ACLU against a proposed shelter for illegal immigrant children in his town ~
“Escondido has [a] 150,000 population, with a diverse community, half of our population [is] Hispanics, and half of that 75,000 are believed to be illegals” he stated. Abed also railed against the federal government for its failure to secure the border, declaring “here’s the president coming to our local, little government and saying ‘we’re going to dump this problem on your city with no solution.’ There is no solution unless we secure our border. This is really a disappointment to our country.”
Here’s the full interview from yesterday’s show (you’ll have to put up with a couple ads, etc., but it’s definitely worth it!) ~
My favorite line ~
“You cannot waiver on the principles that made this country great.” ~ Sam Abed, Mayor of Escondido
Back when America had borders, and the rule of law was respected, Mayor Abed was exactly the kind of immigrant we welcomed to our shores. He didn’t sneak in the back door looking for free stuff. He came in the front door, ready to work hard to achieve his American dream. And he did!
Sam Abed – proudly “Anti-Illegal immigration!”
Economic success story in Escondido ~ Mayor Abed backs up his positions with solid results (an interview with Roger Hedgecock). His personal success as an immigrant has been a huge boon to his adopted community.
Immigrant Mayor Defends His City Against Illegal Flood ~ refreshingly objective account from a website called “The Daily Democrat.”
Maybe if we just shake off reality… everything will be OK… yeah baby.
“Reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled.”
This statement was made on October 14th by Michael Osterholm, University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (Via: Shepherd of the Gurneys). The director was specifically referring to Ebloa and the lamentable mishandling of the current outbreak by various medical governmental agencies – but his words have universal application.
For instance, no matter how well-intentioned our Green friends may be, nature isn’t going to cooperate with their unrealistic expectations. Some anti-coal demonstrators in Wisconsin may have just accidentally taught themselves this lesson last week. The MacIver Institute described their protest (and published the video below) in Madison ~
Demonstrators gathered outside the Public Service Commission to protest against a requested rate structure change by the local utility company, Madison Gas and Electric (MG&E). During the protest, they decried the use of “dirty coal” and called for more renewable energy. To make their point, they had a blow-up coal power plant that was running on a fan powered by wind and solar charged batteries. Before the protest was over, however, the batteries died and their solar panel could not produce enough energy to keep the power plant standing upright.
Sorry guys, reality just hasn’t caught up with your utopian dreams of a world powered by unicorn farts (and Al Gore’s hot air). Right now, we’ll just have to make do with existing energy sources ~
EPA’s war on American productivity
Solutions for America: Meeting America’s Energy and Environmental Needs
Random links of interest, concern or curiosity from the past week or so, that deserve at least a SHORT mention:
First up, all things Ebola ~
Progressive Dark Money Group Blames GOP for Ebola Deaths ~ Because a lie told loud enough and long enough…
Democracy Alliance cofounder Erica Payne’s group says GOP is ‘directly’ responsible for thousands of deaths in attack ads.
We’ll tell you how dangerous Ebola is after the election ~ from Ann Coulter. Since the ruling class politicizes everything, we shouldn’t be surprised at their callous approach to a critical live and death issue.
If Ebola was concentrated in Finland and Norway — certainly Israel! — we’d have had a travel ban on Day One.
President Obama Already Has An Ebola Czar. Where Is She? ~ Our beneficent federal government specifically created a new office in the Health and Human Services Department ten years ago so that they would be prepared to effectively respond to national public health threats like… Ebola. How’s that working out?
In a world where a $12.5 billion slush fund at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is used to fight the privatization of liquor stores, perhaps we should complain more about mission creep and Progressive faith in the habitually unrealized magic of increased government funding.
Same story, on an International level, only goes to show that in any given crisis we can pretty much count on Central Planning to make things worse ~
World Health Organization Busy Tackling Smoking as Ebola Spreads ~
The World Health Organization is taking on the most pressing health issue facing the world today: smoking. Instead of focusing its efforts on the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, the WHO is pushing to tax cigarettes at a higher rate, according to Dan Mitchell.
Six Reasons to Panic ~ Well, maybe not “panic,” but a serious analysis of the facts about Ebola at least warrants a high degree of wariness.
Apparently Drudge agrees ~ Matt Drudge Tweets Dire Warning: “Self-Quarantine”
And in other news ~
CDC: 7th U.S. Death Linked to Polio-Like Respiratory Virus ~
… at least 796 people in 46 states have been sickened with the respiratory illness that can cause paralysis from mid-August through October 16. The outbreak is likely more widespread than reported since some states are not lab testing all respiratory illnesses to confirm.
Why isn’t this story headline news?! Maybe because it would undermine Obama’s amnesty push for thousands of illegal Central American children?
Americans Sick of Government Regulation ~ Over-taxed, over-regulated, overwhelmed; according to a recent poll, we’ve had it big brother bossing us around.
Little House on the Subsidized Prairie ~ Recent immigrant to Michigan, Melissa Gilbert, is using her celebrity status to extort votes for Dem gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer ~
Gilbert wants the state to increase the subsidies it delivers to film producers from the current $50 million annual level. She also told The Daily Press & Argus that her theater company plans are dependent on her choice for governor…
While Gilbert lives in Michigan, she and her husband, actor Timothy Busfield, are also collecting subsidies from North Carolina to shoot an ABC-TV series in that state.
Poor little rich girl.
President tells people to ‘stick it to climate change deniers’ (and other gems) ~ We always knew he was a real class act.
Franklin Graham: ‘Prince of Darkness is Grimly and Powerfully at Work in World Affairs’ ~ Not one for hyperbole, Graham certainly isn’t alone in discerning the times.
“The single biggest threat to man’s continued dominance on the planet is a virus.”
~ Nobel Laureate microbiologist Joshua Lederberg
The second-biggest threat: a federal culture that rewards
the delay of medical progress.
~ New York Post
If – or more probably, when – Ebola spirals out of control, remember this story: How the feds block Ebola cures ~
We have technology to potentially control Ebola and other viral outbreaks today. But the federal bureaucracy refuses to catch up with 21st-century science.
Huh?! Exactly. Seems the FDA is so bogged down in red tape and big government ineptitude that none of the available drugs or other products can get approved for public use. There are actually several companies which ~
… could start producing Ebola vaccine/treatments tomorrow — except that the Food and Drug Administration’s insistence on randomized studies and endless demands for more data means firms have to spend millions on paperwork instead of producing medicines.
Furthermore, the profligate spending by federal agencies is practically criminal. On top of which, the Left has been playing politics with the Ebola scare, accusing Republicans of being stingy with CDC funding, which turns out to be an easily refuted lie.
We’d like to think that maybe the Centers for Disease Contol would prudently focus on medical facility preparedness for emergency situations like, oh – viral outbreaks. Or maybe they could lobby the FDA to speed up the approval of promising new drugs and technologies…
Instead, our tax dollars are being wasted on sophomoric crap like this -> Beyond bizarre! CDC has a Zombie Apocalypse training manual ~
For a rational assessment of the Ebola situation, along with a huge dose of sarcasm for some levity, check out this great blog by an ER nurse: Shepherd Of The Gurneys
Relax for a few minutes and enjoy God’s own light show ~
The first video is from Ken Scott Photography ~
Glimpses of the Northern Lights over my favorite county in Michigan (that would be Leelanau; NE lower penninsula) from the ‘storm’ on the night of October 1-2, 2013
This one is a time lapse sequence of photographs taken from the International Space Station (August to October, 2011). Cool stuff! ~
Great to see Senator Cruz taking the lead in this: Ted Cruz: City of Houston’s Subpoenas of Pastors ‘Shocking & Shameful’ ~
AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Senator Ted Cruz has weighed in regarding the controversial subpoenas that the City of Houston sent to several Houston area pastors, demanding copies of their sermons and speeches, as well as communications with church members [...]
“I’m proud to stand with the pastors,” said Cruz. “Religious liberty is the very first protection in the Bill of Rights, the foundation of all our liberties. The City of Houston’s subpoenas demanding that pastors provide the government with copies of their sermons is both shocking and shameful. For far too long, the federal government has led an assault against religious liberty, and now, sadly, my hometown of Houston is joining the fight. This is wrong. It’s unbefitting of Texans, and it’s un-American.”
Did you catch the latest on the religious persecution front from Texas? ~ City of Houston demands pastors turn over sermons ~
The city of Houston has issued subpoenas demanding a group of pastors turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or Annise Parker, the city’s first openly lesbian mayor. And those ministers who fail to comply could be held in contempt of court.
Will the American church wake up NOW???This is vile, despicable, & unAmerican. The only sane response is: "Drop Dead."http://t.co/jxa4tD5xP4
— Eric Metaxas (@ericmetaxas) October 15, 2014
‘The city’s subpoena of sermons and other pastoral communications is both needless and unprecedented,” Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Christina Holcomb said in a statement. “The city council and its attorneys are engaging in an inquisition designed to stifle any critique of its actions.’
ADF, a nationally-known law firm specializing in religious liberty cases, is representing five Houston pastors. They filed a motion in Harris County court to stop the subpoenas arguing they are “overbroad, unduly burdensome, harassing, and vexatious.”
“Political and social commentary is not a crime,” Holcomb said. “It is protected by the First Amendment.”
Are you *#?%#! kidding me?! Is this country turning into Nazi Germany?! And no, that’s not hyperbole. Hitler’s National Socialist Party sought to hijack as many of the German churches as possible, using the iron fist of the law to preach their twisted ideology ~
In other words, the National Reich Church serves the state and focuses on blood and race over all else. The Bible is replaced with Mein Kampf. The Christianity imported to Germany around 800ad is to be abolished, presumably in favor of the pagan religions that existed in what is now Germany at that time. Baptism and communion are eliminated as well as the Christian doctrine of forgiveness of sin. Gone is the cross, in is the swastika. Does this sound like a Christian church in any way? It is quite clear the National Socialists sought to keep the title of church as little more than a name.
Tony Perkins (head of the Family Research Council) called on pastors around the nation to rally around the Houston ministers ~
“The state is breaching the wall of separation between church and state,” Perkins told me. ‘Pastors need to step forward and challenge this across the country. I’d like to see literally thousands of pastors after they read this story begin to challenge government authorities – to dare them to come into their churches and demand their sermons.”
Perkins called the actions by Houston’s mayor “obscene” and said they “should not be tolerated.”
“This is a shot across the bow of the church,” he said.
This is the moment I wrote about in my book, “God Less America.” I predicted that the government would one day try to silence American pastors. I warned that under the guise of “tolerance and diversity” elected officials would attempt to deconstruct religious liberty.
Pray that these neo-fascists don’t become as ruthless as the Nazis were (There are no “allies” left to save US.) ~
Those Germans who were truly Christians and did not wish to participate in this new religion were banned from participating in truly Christian Churches. Those believers did leave the National Reich Church, creating the Confessing Church. The National Socialists murdered thousands of pastors and believers from the Confessing Church. There was to be no protestant church in National Socialist Germany but the Reich Church.
Don’t let the Leftists destroy our freedom of religion
• Barbaric ISIS forces seem intent on eliminating all traces of civilization in the middle east…
• Thanks to a federal government that is almost criminally negligent, the Ebola virus now has a foothold in the U.S. with the potential for widespread outbreak …
• (Not to mention the other diseases that the illegal children from Central America are sharing with the rest of us…)
• The Catholic church seems unable or unwilling to recognize true evil in our day and stand in opposition to it…
• In the video below, conservative entrepreneur Monty Morton discusses two other pending disasters still looming in the background…
Video via The Glazov Gang
… and now the Pentagon – the United States military leadership, tasked with defending the country from all enemies foreign and domestic has (along with our feckless Secretary of State) severed all ties with reality: Pentagon Signals Security Risks of Climate Change ~
WASHINGTON — The Pentagon on Monday released a report asserting decisively that climate change poses an immediate threat to national security, with increased risks from terrorism, infectious disease, global poverty and food shortages. It also predicted rising demand for military disaster responses as extreme weather creates more global humanitarian crises.
The report lays out a road map to show how the military will adapt to rising sea levels, more violent storms and widespread droughts. The Defense Department will begin by integrating plans for climate change risks across all of its operations, from war games and strategic military planning situations to a rethinking of the movement of supplies.
God save us from these dishonest tyrants!