Monday, August 20, 2007

Brummett's Bigotry

John Brummett’s Time Record column of Sunday, August 19th entitled “Religious Kooks Not True Christians” is a perfect example of a growing institutionalized anti-Christian bigotry. From his purely secular perspective, Brummett regularly castigates that of which he has no knowledge (real Christianity) and conjures from his humanistic crystal scepter what all “true Christians” can, according to The Book of Brummett 1:1, properly say or do.

Where is the outrage?

Come, let us reason together: The First Amendment guarantees a free press… imagine if the press were told that they could no longer cover or comment on certain legitimate stories…?

The primary reason columnists like Brummett and their employers can get away with publishing attacks on Christianity is the increasing cowardice of most American pastors. They have long ago put aside the Shepard’s staff, surrendering to the fear of man, and are allowing their flocks to become the disunited and wounded crippled prey of the enemy.

Despite America’s highest law of the land specifically guaranteeing the FREE EXERCISE of their faith, which definitely includes the Biblical calling to shepard, stand and preach against specific sin and evil. Pastors cower, retreat and surrender to the intimidations of the IRS, organizations like “Americans United for Separation of Church and State”, and columnists like John Brummett.

Pastors – Who are you that you fear mortal man? Why have you forgotten the Lord your maker? Why have you compromised your calling? Fear God… and nothing or no one else! While that should be enough, you also have the protection of the Constitution! Stop cowering!

You want America to again be a God-ly nation? Stand – proclaim the whole truth or resign… and get a job where your hypocrisy and dereliction will not be such an affront and offense to Almighty God.

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Labor Unions - A Necessity

My grandpa was a Republican his entire adult life. He also was a small business owner… and an outspoken advocate of unions and union membership.

He saw unions as necessary to grow a good future for the “regular guy” and to provide vocational choice protections. He was right. Businessmen look out for one another through various organizations, associations, political contacts and the prudent use of contracts. Unions, if done right, provide for the employees the same good business practices long recognized by business owners and managers as essential for business success.

Many have forgotten that the American middle class owes its very existence to unions. Who brought the employers to the bargaining table? The unions did.

FACT: Under Arkansas law, what employers give, they can take away… arbitrarily and with impunity – unless there is a contract. Individual employees have minimal rights at best and can lose all, much or most, at the whim of the employer. Employers are quick to say “Trust me”, but why then won’t they put it in a contract? Our bosses realize the business benefits of contracts… why do some employees not?

With active local control and local people in charge, unions will reflect the character and concerns of the employees represented, including the continued well-being of the business they are in. Union jobs historically have and will pay more, have better benefits and working conditions, and will be more secure.

Being nearly 3 years into a legal battle to regain my job and life investment of 28 years, lost for just contacting a union to protect myself and my fellow employees, I believe it crucial that all employees, especially middle-aged and older employees, become educated about their rights under the law and the potential real benefits and safeguards available to them through union membership.

False Patriots

Christendom is warned about false preachers, teachers, apostles, prophets and brethren. Throughout the years watchmen within the Church have sounded a clarion warning while most in the Church chose to turn a deaf ear. That shameful disregard has had tremendous consequence.

The writings of the Founders of our Country warn Americans of false patriots - those that will claim great patriotism, wrap themselves in the Flag, yet are dedicated to serving themselves, their ideologies and interests - and not the Country. Most Americans have turned a deaf ear to those warnings (or are completely oblivious to them) and our Country is suffering the consequences. The damage already done… is rapidly approaching the irreparable.

The one single standard given to identify a false patriot is remarkably simple… and greatly alarming. You are a false patriot if you do not sincerely support and defend the Constitution. And mere lip service disqualifies. By definition: You cannot be an American patriot if you are constitutionally illiterate.

The whole identity, and uniqueness of America lies within the Constitution and its framework and philosophy of and for government. Those that bend, twist and contort the Constitution, claiming it to be a “living document” are false patriots. "On every question of construction carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text or invented against it, conform to the probable one in which it was passed." - Thomas Jefferson

Using the Constitution as the sole standard, you can easily recognize false patriots by their words, resolutions, acts, and votes… and for whom they vote. If a legislator or citizen cannot give a clear constitutional basis for what they support and why – they are false patriots.

Arrested for having UNREGISTERED BIBLES...

Fayetteville, AR:

ight law enforcement agencies headed by Federal BATF Agents descended on the home of a friend of mine and placed him under arrest for having in his possession three handwritten, unregistered and untaxed Bibles and an unregistered copy of John MacArthur’s book “Reckless Faith – When the Church Loses Its Will To Discern”. It is rumored that my friend also had in his possession unregistered copies of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.

Ass. U.S. Attorney Wendy Johnson filed motions asking U.S. District judge Jimm L. Hendren to prevent my friend and his attorney from arguing that his arrest was a violation of the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment. Hendren granted the motion.

Hendren cited a 1984 federal law that made it illegal for U.S. citizens to have in their possession unregistered and untaxed Bibles, religious writings and copies of any documents that include or support the philosophies contained in the Declaration and Constitution.

Recent judicial rulings have determined that the 1984 federal law used by Ass. U.S. Attorney Wendy Johnson and U.S. District judge Jimm L. Hendren, despite actually saying so, prohibits the public from having most “religious” and/or “patriotic” books and documents in their possession unless they first purchase a license and pay the prescribed tax for that privilege.

Local religious and political leaders were contacted for comment. Most did not know of the case, and didn’t care. Those that were aware of the case refused comment, using Constitutional illiteracy as their affirmative defense.

My friend has subsequently been “tried”, in the kangaroo sense of the term, and is now serving six years in prison.

OK, OK… I substituted Bibles for guns and used the First Amendment instead of the Second Amendment for this parody. So… what’s the Constitutional difference?

Free Wayne Fincher!!!

Can you morally disqualify yourself from elective and/or appointed office?

Can you morally disqualify yourself from elective and/or appointed office? Yes. Will that moral disqualification prevent you from getting that office? In America today… probably not.

The character of John Adams in the musical “1776” eloquently asks, “Is anybody there? Does anybody care? Does anybody see, what I see?”

Open hostility to Almighty God and the Lord Jesus Christ, practicing, supporting, enabling and defending sexual promiscuity, adultery, homosexuality, lesbianism and the murder of unborn children; lying, violating solemn oaths of office, ignoring the Constitution and other established laws (lawlessness), the inability to judge right from wrong or good from evil are now all pretty much tolerated and accepted by the majority in America today.

What happened? What happened to the moral compass of the greatest country the world has ever known?

I talk all the time to professing fundamentalist Christians who, come Election Day, set aside Biblical truth and blindly vote for their political party, both Democrats and Republicans. Principle… that standard which made BOTH parties great, is compromised for pragmatism and a corrupting, deceiving party spirit.

Nineteenth Century revivalist Charles G. Finney correctly observed, "If there is a decay of conscience, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the public press lacks moral discernment, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the church is degenerate and worldly, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the world loses its interest in Christianity, the pulpit is responsible for it. If Satan rules in our halls of legislation, the pulpit is responsible for it. If our politics become so corrupt that the very foundations of our government are ready to fall away, the pulpit is responsible for it."

Fear of man, fear of conflict and especially fear of the government (IRS) has caused a winnowing of the American pulpits… finding most empty.