The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same

The more things change, the more they remain the same…or so it is said.

Executive and judicial branches of government are not the only ones capable of lawlessness under color of authority. The Jim Crow laws prevailing in many states until the 1960s were all duly adopted by state and local legislative bodies. The Supreme Court ultimately overturned them, but we need to remember it was the Supreme Court that handed down the infamous Dred Scott decision – extending slaveholding authority even to free states – and that failed to overturn Obamacare even after a majority agreed it was unconstitutional. (The Court literally re-wrote the law in order to uphold it.) The equally infamous Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798 fatally compromised both the First Amendment and the political process as laid down in the Constitution, and no court intervened. The people intervened with the election of a new government after massive protests, and that is the point: A government of the people, by the people, and for the people must be restrained by those very people; waiting passively on government to restrain itself is waiting for a train that does not come.

It is no different in any culture populated by people of God, by the way. If the prophetic tradition in Old and New Testaments sheds any light, it is that the people of God are rightly expected to hear Him for themselves and speak His Word for themselves. The prophets were first and foremost people outside the established-by-God government who confronted that government when it forgot its servant status.

Yet in California alone at this time, we find measures like SB 775 winging their way through the legislative process. Should 775 become law – and the odds favor it in this legislative climate – it will trample the free speech and association rights of every pregnancy care center in California by seeking to force them to make referrals for abortion services. These issues have been settled law for decades, with the US Supreme Court weighing in multiple times over the past five years. Where are the massive demonstrations and civil disobedience that won basic civil rights over decades for black people and other minorities? Is the freedom to practice our faith and preserve life without harming others less fundamental than the right to vote and support our families with decent housing and jobs? Or does the one depend upon and backstop the other?

California’s Department of Managed Healthcare has already pre-empted the Legislature and the US Supreme Court – which has ruled repeatedly against such administrative assaults on freedom – by requiring all California businesses and ministries to provide abortion and contraceptive services to employees whatever their religious convictions. Assemblyman Jim Gallagher has introduced a bill – AS 1254 – to overturn these regulations, but it is unlikely to pass in this legislature. Where are the crowds of Christians picketing the CDMH offices daily and blocking access to entrances with our bodies? How did Dr. King get to Montgomery from Selma, much less to Washington?

SB 128 is also fast-tracking through the legislative process. It enshrines in law the “right” to die as its foremost supporter, a group called Compassion and Choices, re-brands it. This group is simply the re-named Hemlock Society, and their cause is simply the “right” to commit murder armed with a piece of paper saying the victim wants to die. The LA Times cites the hypocrisy of the group when they say they only wish to give a dignified way out to people suffering intractable pain. Their editorial is written by a palliative care doc who has not needed to hasten death due to untreatable pain in thirty-five years of practice. The San Diego Union Tribune notices the connection between assisted suicide and the profit-driven managed care industry. I notice the reality that the poster child for 128 – the late Brittany Maynard – took her own life to avoid a disease only weeks before the announcement it is being successfully treated; she had yet months to live in untreated comfort at her death. But my question is this: Where is the uprising in the Church and society at the government’s effort to speed death for our vulnerable loved ones? Where is the overwhelming resistance to a state-sanctioned plan for death with no safeguards – despite what proponents prattle – against misguidance, manipulation, or even a changed mind that somehow nobody hears in time to prevent needless death?

Restoring religious freedom to campus is the aim of yet another bill – the California Freedom of Association Act authored by Asm Shannon Grove. This one addresses the action by regents of the University of California and Trustees of the State University system banning Christian groups from campus if they do not permit non-believers to lead their ministries. Like the Gallagher bill, it is unlikely to pass in this climate. Where are the campus demonstrations by hordes of students – believers or not – who recognize seizing freedom from one group threatens the freedom of all? Where are the marchers and demonstrators who fought to successfully end a war policymakers never intended to win, bringing freedom and reconciliation to the races by placing their bodies in the path of the oppressors? It was the Church spearheading these efforts in the fifties and sixties and seventies. Where is the Church this week?

On a more mundane but just as fundamental front, California’s governor has announced he plans to place meters on water wells found on private property. Advanced as a necessary measure to address the drought, it seems reasonable enough until we recall these wells are not property of the state–nor is the water they draw. Taxing the water is confiscation of private property without compensation, whatever the rainfall totals. Adding insult to injury, the State Resource Control Board is deciding whether to impose the $10,000 per business or household fine the governor wants for anyone exceeding new regulations to cut water usage by 4% to 36% depending on the region of the state where one lives.  California’s own drought court has already ruled such regs – with varying percentages – unconstitutional, but this agency is unfazed. One might ask why the governor does not call on the Israelis – who licked the problem of drought in Israel decades ago – for a little creative help instead of trying to hold his own thirsty people hostage to draconian conservation measures for water we don’t have. Better yet, one might ask – as I do – where are the hordes of Californians – beginning with the Church – surrounding the governor’s mansion and offices, sitting in if necessary, demanding the governor start using his much ballyhooed visionary thinking to solve the drought instead of punishing the innocent and trashing the Constitution with one act of political violence after another.

And no – I won’t be organizing the demonstrations. I am a writer and pastor, not an organizer. But you can bet your sweet bippy – with apologies to Rowan and Martin – this Baby Boomer will show up for them. Any other takers amongst the clergy? Laity?

Some Christians may think it unseemly to do or propose what I propose, but they need to read the Book of Acts.  When Peter and John are hailed before the Sanhedrin for unauthorized preaching of the Name of Jesus, that august body orders them to remain silent. “But Peter and John replied, ‘Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God’s sight to obey you or God. For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.” Christians are likewise exhorted in 1 Peter 3:15 to be always ready to account for our faith and for our hope. We are to do this without repaying evil with evil; in other words, we are to resist tyranny without resorting to anarchy or even some other form of oppression. But make no mistake – we defy our Lord if we permit injustice to be unaddressed. Speaking out and walking out come under the Great Commission rubric of teaching one another to observe all things commanded by Our God and King.

So let the powers that be beware. I have no clue for how many I may speak, but I am going out on a limb and prophesying that if SB 775 or 128 are adopted, you will reap a firestorm of non-violent but authoritative opposition and resistance. Ditto if these regulations stand. Christians brought down the segregationist establishment in the US. We brought down the Marcos dictatorship in the Philippines and the Iron Curtain throughout Eastern Europe by putting flowers in the rifle barrels of the guards. (You thought only American hippies did that?) More important, we brought new freedom for ourselves and new glory to God. Does it get any better?

The more things remain the same, the more it is our privilege to walk with our God as He changes them into His likeness – beginning with us.

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The Moral Depravity And Nazification Of America Just Got A Lot Worse…

A new day of insanity has dawned in America: new methods to normalize murder now unashamedly mirror Nazi practices.

Toddlers are taught the virtue of killing babies for convenience, legislators advocate non-doctors can inject full-term babies’ hearts with poison, and gay men can enjoy “Spa Abortions.”

Walling Blackburn’s recently published e-book, Sister Apple, Sister Pig, reads like Nazi curriculum for children–“The Jewish Question in Classroom Instruction” that taught children “Jews are our misfortune,” and are cheaters and untrustworthy. Similarly, Blackburn compares an unborn child to an “apple, a pig, or ghost hiding somewhere in a tree.”

Blackburn’s main character, a three year old child, Lee, refers to his killed unborn sibling as a girl who “lived before me, but Mama couldn’t keep her. Mama says she is a ghost.”  And how does he feel about not having an older sister? He says:

I’m not sad that my sister is a ghost! If you kept my sister, you would be tired, and sad, and mad! We would be wild and loud and sometimes we would fight. Mama might be scared that she could not buy enough food for us. Mama might not have enough time to read to me, to paint with me, to play with me, to talk with me…

According to Blackburn, children should only exist if they are affordable, quiet, well-behaved, cultured, and educated. Just like target practice at Birkenau, children are dispensable.

Propaganda like the “Abortion. Yeah, we do that.” ads posted in Washington D.C. metro stations seek to shame those who oppose abortion. Nazis used the same approach in 1942 Austria. The Nazi “complainer” poster campaigns sought to shame “complainers and those who failed to realize the greatness of life in Nazi Germany.”

Putting a human face on abortion through door-to-door and YouTube campaigns closely replicate the League of German Girls’s efforts. Their members walked the streets to “enroll” women and taught schoolgirls Nazi values about being a “woman,” “German,” and a “mother.”

However, perhaps one of the greatest examples of moral depravity in America is a woman’s clinic catering to gay men who want to have abortions.

Gay men who biologically can’t have children but want to pretend they can—and want to kill them—can experience a simulated abortion.

Gays can now schedule “mock abortion procedures”, promoted as a way to “grow closer with their partners.” The Daily Caller reported:

Dr. Kristel Caulfield, an abortionist at the Williamsburg Women’s Center in Brooklyn, said the center initially offered a mock abortion procedure as a one-off gesture for a young tech millionaire and his husband who had made a generous donation to the clinic. Word spread, however, and soon several other gay couples were asking to try the procedure themselves, so the clinic made it an official offering.

The only difference between “Spa Abortion” simulation and Nazi doctor procedures is that today, gay men’s genitals are not radiated or castrated.

Before walking under the sign “Work Will Set You Free,” last fall, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee told a group of Americans, “We are entering a place where innocent, unarmed people were systematically murdered by the most educated, scientifically advanced, theologically trained, sophisticated, modernized and knowledgeable people in the world.

“The very people who created the death industry and ‘scientifically’ and medically experimented on prisoners went home every day, ate dinner with their families, played with their children, went to concerts, and lived normal lives, knowing all the while those under their authority were living in horror.”

Similarly, nearly 100 New York State Assemblymen lead normal lives while advocating that injecting poison into a full-term baby’s heart should be legal.

Too many Americans now “call evil good and good evil;” replace “darkness for light and light for darkness, bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter;” “turn justice into bitterness and cast righteousness to the ground,” and “acquit the guilty and condemn the innocent,” paralyzing the law and perverting justice (Isa. 5:20; Amos 5:7; Prov. 17:15; Hab. 1:4). Such moral depravity is no different than Nazi-era evil.

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Baltimore, Ferguson, And The Devil’s Playground

Protestors tell us police brutality driven by racism is a huge, ongoing problem, existent for years. They say violence and looting are the result of pent-up rage resident in black men who have suffered this brutality.

It is difficult to understand how such a serious problem could exist for so long without the slightest mention being made, in Ferguson, or in Baltimore. Democrats have ruled in these areas for decades. Certainly public officials knew about this problem, correct? Obviously, they would have done something about it, correct? Citizen complaints and lawsuits and public hearing testimonies would have substantially addressed solutions, right? Has the voice of protest ever been silenced in this country in the last 50 years? Haven’t we heard primarily about the success of community policing, diversity in these departments, and declining crime rates?

Prior to the events in Ferguson almost a year ago, did you hear about horrendous incidents of police brutality directed almost exclusively toward Black men? Do we really believe such terrible, epidemic events were ignored by Democrats in power, public officials sanctioned and supported by the vast majority of media outlets? Isn’t it reasonable to expect such problems would attract the attention of politicians and the press? Police kill more unarmed whites than blacks. How does that factor into deliberations? And if police brutality encouraged by racism is overstated, then what explains these multiple instances of death videotaped by bystanders–and the resulting riots? In other words, what is the driving force behind the riots if indeed the supposed cause is not really the central cause at all?

A couple of years ago, I had a telling conversation with a black pastor. I asked him how it can be that, after all we’ve been through these last 50 years, race relations are worse than ever. His answer was telling. He acknowledged certain black leaders are in the business of stirring strife, to gain prominence and to profit, noting that many have a political agenda involving the actual destruction of the country. He also pointed to dependency created by government, and the resulting environment characterized by indolence, hopelessness, and resentment. He referenced the drug problem and the destruction of the black family thanks to the effects of demoralization and the welfare state. And he said the current regime at the federal level really does not really care about blacks in the inner city, their plight worsening these last 10 years. But the most telling thing he said was to say whites do not understand or appreciate the lingering anger, even rage, real or conjured, in the hearts of millions of blacks in America.

“You cannot imagine the conversations I heard around the dinner table as a little kid,” he explained. “The old people and our parents told stories about how they were treated. In 1950, it was still possible to hear first-hand accounts about slavery, lynching and all. Some people were just sad, even defeated. Others were filled with hate and rage, and they transferred that to young ones. Stories have been handed down through the generations. White people don’t understand what happens to you when you are told for 400 years you are not human, when you are beaten and insulted and worked to death, when they rape your wife, and sell your children away. We need healing. We need to forgive, but we also need white people to understand. White people also need to understand more violence has been done the black community through abortion than all other violence combined. Abortion in the Black community is actually systematic genocide.”

That pastor is a wise man, telling the whole truth and offering the only real solution to this problem.  Shall we continue to root out racism and address brutality in the police department, and in the larger society? Of  course. Can we do that without condemning all white people and all law enforcement officers and without burning down our cities and starting a race war? Let’s hope so. Shall we reject the voices of agitation calling for unending strife? Most certainly! Is the problem much bigger than accusations on the streets where police are making legitimate arrests, and where they are often damned if they do and damned if they don’t? Obviously.

Real, intelligent, compassionate, and courageous leadership is required. Solid families are crucial. Serious crackdowns on violence merchants are necessary. But beyond all that, healing and forgiveness will be absolutely mandatory if we are ever going to turn the corner in this country. Trillions of dollars spent through government programs for 50 years have led us right back to 1968, when we saw nothing but fear, rage, resentment, and riots—the devil’s playground.

The pastor offers up the ultimate solution. He says unity, forgiveness, and healing are found in one place: at the foot of the Cross. The outstanding question then becomes: are we really interested in real solutions, or will we prefer the devil’s playground?

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Catholic Leader Diagnoses Hillary’s God Complex

As Western Journalism reported, Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton recently suggested religious Americans must adapt their deeply held beliefs in order to ensure women have greater access to abortion.

The scandal-plagued White House hopeful has been weathering social media backlash since making the controversial remarks; and faith leaders, including Nigerian bishop Emmanuel Badejo, have criticized her opinion. In a wide-ranging interview with Aleteia, Badejo reacted to Clinton’s comments.

To begin with, he dismisses her rhetoric to a certain extent as simply the measured musings of someone who “will say just about anything to pander to the thoughts of whatever audience she is speaking to.”

The fact that she made the pro-abortion comments in front of a crowd of women lends some credibility to that assessment. Badejo added, however, that there is an underlying message in her ability to openly call for a change in Americans’ fundamental religious convictions.

“I believe there are three groups of people in this world,” he said. “those who believe in God, those who do not believe in God, and those who think they are gods. HIllary Clinton, I think, is one of those who thinks she is a god.”

He went on to share his opinion that she has “gotten too wrapped up in technology and has stopped realized that there are values — there are things that are innate to people — that are not just codes that can be taken up and thrown out.”

Badejo concluded with some sound advice for all 2016 voters.

“It is my desire,” he said, “that the American people open their ears and their eyes and know exactly what kind of people are running to be the next president of the United States.”

h/t: Breitbart

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House Votes To Block DC’s New Anti-Discrimination Abortion Law

The House of Representatives voted Thursday night to block a new law passed by the Washington, D.C., city council which many fear will be used to deny Americans their First Amendment rights.

The Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act (RHNDA) makes it illegal for employers to discriminate against employees or their spouses or dependents for obtaining contraception or family planning services, or take action against those who have an abortion.

The House vote against RHNDA, 228-192, fell mostly on party lines, with three Democrats joining Republicans in opposition to the new law, and 13 Republicans joining the Democrats in support of keeping RHNDA in place.

Congresswoman Diane Black, R-Tenn., who introduced the House measure opposing RHNDA, said, “At its core, the Reproductive Health Nondiscrimination Act is perhaps the most discriminatory ‘nondiscrimination’ law we have seen to date. I am proud that the House took a stand for religious freedom and acted to protect the First Amendment rights of pro-life Washingtonians by passing my resolution to overturn RHNDA.”

Those opposed to RHNDA fear it will be used to force religious organizations and other advocacy groups, such as the National Right to Life Committee and the Susan B. Anthony List, to hire employees who do not share their beliefs regarding the sanctity of human life.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who has introduced the companion legislation in the Senate opposing RHNDA, said in a release, “Both the House and Senate have a constitutional duty to protect citizens’ religious liberty, as enshrined in the First Amendment.”

Article I of the Constitution provides that Congress has ultimate legislative authority over the District of Columbia “in all cases whatsoever.” The last time Congress exercised its authority to block a measure passed by the D.C. city government was in 1991, when the council sought to amend a law restricting the height of buildings in the district.

The prospects for RHNDA to ultimately be blocked by congressional action do not look promising. Under the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, Congress has 30 days to weigh in on any laws passed by the D.C. city council, and that deadline is Saturday.

The Senate is notoriously slow to act on new legislation, and the resolution still requires President Obama’s signature to become law. The White House has signaled it supports RHNDA and the president would veto legislation to block it.

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