Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Clergy Response Teams: "Resistance is Not Just Futile, It Goes Against God's Word! Resistance to Tyranny, BAD! Martial Law GOOD! ... Obey My Dog!"

Apparently the influence of the insidious neocon government supremacist siths and wormtongue necromancers has not just corrupted the GOP by twisting and perverting the meaning of the Constitution, they are now, through FEMA, also corrupting the clergy in this nation, and their flocks, by twisting and perverting the text of the Bible to make it God's will that we unquestioningly obey government. If you have not yet watched this video, it is a must see:

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 the
y 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.

(Her name is Yeti, by the way, because she is a white big foot of a dog).


scott said...

I'm not sure I get it...so, Will Ferrell is God? Suddenly, it all seems so clear.....


Stewart Rhodes said...

No, Scott, Will Ferrell is not God.

Government is God!

Don't you get it? Didn't you go to Sunday School, you Godless heathen?!!! I feel like I'm taking crazy pills!

Will Ferrell, as Mugatu, is a like a member of the clergy response teams, sent to brainwash us, in the service of government, the one true God.

The clergy response team members, as loyal kool-aid drinkers, are to brainwash their flocks (How appropriate - flocks of sheep) into mindless obedience to government, just as completely as the evil Mugatu brainwashed Zoolander to Kill the Prime minister of Malaysia!!!! and to obey his dog.

Makes just as much sense, so I thought it was a fitting reference.

Get it?

ThatGirlTasha said...
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ThatGirlTasha said...

So does this make Alex Jones Zoolander (since he broke the story a year ago)?

If Alex JOnes has a magic magnum, I DO NOT want to know about it.

Stewart Rhodes said...

No! Jesus, I feel like I'm taking crazy pills again!

This makes Alex Jones the weird conspiracy theorist, ex-hand model with his hand in a glass bubble, lurking in the graveyard, played by David Duchovny, who tries to clue in the clueless Zoolander and the MAINSTREAM MEDIA CHICK on the Conspiracy. Now do you get it?

WE are Zoolander - profoundly ignorant, easily manipulated, easily brainwashed grazing sheeple, mindlessly preoccupied with our appearance, sex, eating, drinking, and regular bowel movements, while the evil Mugatu's of the world, who we trust, and their handlers plot our demise.

The girl reporter represents the mainstream media, except in real life the media chick is just as dumb as Zoolander, since it took the vapid, empty-headed, mainstream media "gate-keepers" a friggin year to finally pay attention to this.

Actually, in real life, the mainstream media is in on it too.



scott said...

Now I'm REALLY getting depressed...must place head back in sand...(covering my ears, chanting) Will Ferrell is God...Will Ferrell is God...

scott said...

In all seriousness now, when I first heard about this the other day,I wasn't suprised in the least. Our government has been using (and sometimes posing as) clergy to promote it's sick, subversive goals, usually in support of the "dictator of the week" in places like Central & South America, for quite some time now.
It seems to me to be a natural outgrowth of this tactic. I mean, if it works on the "sheeple" there, why wouldn't it work here?
I wonder how many of these so-called "men of God" are actually directly on the payroll of some good, God-fearing branch of our government, such as the C.I.A.. Just check their backgrounds. Did they run a mission in El Salvador a few years back?
The relentless march towards the American Police State (the A.P.S.) moves on. I just wish those well-meaning members of the clergy who are allowing themselves to be manipulated in this manner would open their eyes and see the "forest for the trees", if you will.
Sick stuff, Stew, sick stuff. (Whew, I made it through that with no references to Will Ferrell being God, unless you count this reference!)

Stewart Rhodes said...

Scott, you make some very good points. Yes, if, during the great struggle against Communism it was OK to use pastors to support what was "necessary," then during the great struggle against terrorism, it is also OK to use them against us, here at home - because it will be all about terrorism all the time.

I would not count on the pastors who are taking part waking up too much. I fear that six or more years of neocon brainwashing has made them into kool-aid drinkers.


Cabinboy said...
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Cabinboy said...

The fellow with the funny moustache ran this play too, see:

1. Barmen and the German Confessing Church

2. More on Barmen and the German Confessing Church

3. Barmen Declaration

You'll recognize Niemoller, methinks:

First they came for the Communists,
and I didn’t speak up,
because I wasn’t a Communist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak up,
because I wasn’t a Jew.
Then they came for the Catholics,
and I didn’t speak up,
because I was a Protestant.
Then they came for me,
and by that time there was no one
left to speak up for me.

Stewart Rhodes said...

Absolutely. That was one of the little corporal's favorite tricks.

Thanks for the tip an Barmen and the German Confessing Church Cabinboy, I'll check that out.

Yes, we may soon see what Niemoller saw.