You can read the text of the story here. This mainstream news report describes how FEMA is recruiting pastors all across the nation to join "Clergy Response Teams" to assist in quelling any resistance to the government during an emergency, such as a declaration of martial law, and to preach obedience when the government seeks to confiscate firearms from the people, as was done during Katrina.
FEMA has tasked these pastors with convincing their flocks that they must obey the government, because the government comes from God himself. As the pastor interviewed in the video. Dr. Tuberville, puts it we MUST obey the government "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." He is referring to Romans 13, which is the principle tool of persuasion the federal government is urging these pastors to use.
Gee wiz, and I thought it was we the people who establish government. Doesn't our Declaration of Independence declare that:
".... to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.'While our rights come from nature and nature's God, we establish government amongst ourselves.
Now, I am no theologian, and I'll leave it to others to refute this draconian reading of Romans 13 as commanding that we must submit to and obey the government, but I seem to recall the Bible teaching that Satan, out in the desert, tempted Christ in part by offering him command of all the governments of the earth - so it would seem that if any supernatural force is establishing governments, it is the Devil, not God (and that would make a whole lot more sense, given the horrid history of governments, which behave rather devilishly).
But really, what clues me in that this is a perversion of scripture is that under this view it was "wrong" for the Founding Fathers to resist the King of England. Under this perversion, the entire American Revolution was somehow an affront to God, since we flat out kicked ass on a government "established by the Lord," not just dumping its tea into Boston harbor, but also shooting the holy crap out of the King's troops and his Hessian mercenaries in a bloody revolution, replacing that usurping and corrupt government with one of our own choosing.I wonder what fiery American Revolutionary Patrick Henry, a devout Christian, would have to say to this "pastor" preaching unqualified obedience to whatever government happens to be over us? I'll bet Henry would have some choice words for Pastor Tuberville, starting with "forbid it almighty God!" and getting far more colorful from there.
Under this sick, servile reading of scripture, not only should we still be part of the British Empire, but it was also wrong for anyone to resist Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, or any other tyrant and murderous dictator in human history. Or did the Lord only establish the government of the United States? I'd be curious to see if this pastor would still preach absolute obedience to government if Hillary Clinton were president.
This just goes to show that any text, whether it is the Constitution or the Bible, can be twisted and perverted into a tool of tyranny and oppression, and "useful idiots" are easy to find in a population ignorant of its own history. When the sacred fire of liberty goes out in the hearts of men, no text is immune to such bastardization. As Justice Learned Hand once said:
"Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can even do much to help it. While it lies there it needs no constitution, no law, no court to save it."Have we as a people finally come to this? Have we become so ignorant of our place in the eternal struggle for liberty that fools like these pastors are considered "leaders" in their communities? That such men actually command an audience on Sundays, who look to them for guidance?
All I have to say to men like Pastor Tuberville is what Sam Adams said to the quislings and toadies of tyrannical government of his day:
If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.Thomas Jefferson once famously remarked that:
“The tree of Liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure."
I would only add to that list the blood of useful idiots, and I fully expect that if these Clergy Response Teams actually go out after a declaration of martial law, whether by a president Bush or a future President Clinton, and attempt to assist in the disarmament of the American people, their bullshit will be added to the pile of manure refreshing the Tree of Liberty. - Stewart Rhodes
PS- If you don't "get" the Zoolander references, please see the comments, below, where I patiently explain them. It's all about brainwashing us, OK? Just like Mugatu was ordered by the secret cabal in the movie to do to Zoolander. Doesn't anybody see that? God, I feel like I'm taking crazy pills! If you have not seen Zoolander, you're missing out.