Our privacy has been invaded by big government and big business tracking and data-basing of our medical records, employment records, education records, driving records, travel records, library records, financial records….etc. Now they want to monitor our religion.
Breaching the “Wall of Separation” between Church and State
In the aftermath of the Jonestown massacre in 1978 came a congressional investigation of religious “sects,” resulting in the establishment of the principle that there is a legitimate federal interest in the classification of and monitoring of religious organizations.
Government clearly stated its role and interest in legislating on religious matters in hearings associated with the “Freedom From Religious Persecution Act of 1997,” and the passing into law of the “International Religious Freedom Act of 1998“. This new law suggests that religious persecution is somehow a greater evil than other forms of human rights violations and set’s the U.S. into the position of becoming the world policeman in matters of religious persecution in countries around the world.
Council for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships
President George W. Bush established the Council for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships by executive order in 2001. Barack Obama expanded its role to not only oversee distribution of grants to religious and community groups, but also to seek ways to involve the groups in addressing social issues.
One member of the Council appointed by Obama is Eboo Patel, a Muslim activist from Chicago with close ties to William Ayers who led the Weather Underground terrorist group in the 1960s. In a 2007 interview with NPR, Patel explained, “And it was a faith-based movement that come into my life that kind of directed that rage in a direction for more compassionate and far more merciful.”
Primary promoters of Religious Monitoring include Freedom House, a Washington based organization which claims its purpose is to monitor civil rights abuses and promote “the cause of liberty.” It was founded in 1943 by Wendell Willkie and Eleanor Roosevelt. Willkie is best known for his book “One World“, a call for world government promoting the concept of the United Nations. The Trustee Board of Freedom House is dominated by members of the elitist Council on Foreign Relations, including the Chairman Betty Bao Lord, Secretary Kenneth Adelman, Chairmen Emeriti Leo Cherne and Max M. Kampelman, and Trustees Zbigniew Brzezinski, former Ambassador to the United Nations Jeanne Kirkpatrick and Samuel P. Huntington. Wendell Willkie II is also a Trustee.
Surprisingly, there has been increasing support of a number of highly respected conservative Congressmen, nationally known Christian leaders and TV evangelists who would normally be expected to resist any growth of government, especially where intrusion into religious freedom is involved.
Preparing the way…
The enforcement of acceptable religious standards has arrived in the United States.
The federal government’s slaughter of the Branch Davidians near Waco, Texas should have been a “wake-up” call for Americans to see that this government is unfit for the job of monitoring and “protecting” religious minorities. Such an act of religious persecution is unprecedented in the United States this century, but the officials responsible have yet to be “sanctioned” and held accountable.
After the tragedy in Oklahoma City, Americans watched in disbelief as Democrats and liberal pundits attempted to portray the maniac bombers with conservative and religious Americans – especially those who fight for the unborn child. Writing in The Washington Post, Michael Lind made that connection between the bombers and pro-lifers. He wrote, “The story of Oklahoma City and the militias should not make us forget that the main form of political terrorism in the United States is perpetuated by right wing opponents of abortion.”
HR1685, Freedom from Religious Persecution Act
The Freedom From Religious Persecution Act of 1997, sponsored by Virginia’s Rep. Frank Wolf and Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, would have created a new Office of Religious Persecution Monitoring in the White House. The director, subordinate only to the president, would be charged with reporting on abuses against religious minorities. Serious abuses would trigger automatic economic sanctions.
Those fighting for privacy rights and religious freedom, knew that if this bill was passed we would have a massive new bureaucracy set up to monitor religions and track individuals. This bill would have created a Cabinet level agency whose mandate would be to provide surveillance over religious groups. Nothing in the language of this bill limits the new agency to foreign countries or territories.
Michael Horowitz, a senior fellow at the globalist Hudson Institute in Washington, the principle promoter of the bill and probably its author, appeared on the Alan Keyes talk show lauding the bill and pleading for support among conservative Christians because Democrats were opposing it. Mr. Horowitz knows that the internationalist Democrats could not be dragged away from voting for HR1685 because it produces a massive new bureaucracy, with enormous powers.
HR2431, International Religious Freedom Act of 1998
The International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 was signed into law [Public Law No.: 105-292] by President Clinton on Oct. 27, 1998.
A noticeable difference in this law compared to HR1685 is that it moved the Office of Religious Persecution Monitoring (ORPM) from the White House to the State Department, giving the Secretary of State new powers of overseeing religious discrimination and in reporting its findings. It exists today at the State Department as the Office of International Religious Freedom and works in close cooperation with the independent United States Commission on International Religious Freedom.
Its director is empowered with sweeping authority to monitor religious groups around the world to decide if they are suffering persecution and to apply economic sanctions against the offending nation, entity or individual. This unprecedented power has led some to refer to the ORPM Director as “the Czar of Religious Monitoring.”
The ORPM Director will have unrestricted authority to shut down all trade, air traffic, loans and financial transactions beginning with selectively targeted individuals to a complete embargo of designated countries. While these dictatorial powers appear to be directed at persecuting governments, they equally affect U.S. persons who wish to send money and food to relatives and businessmen who have investments in targeted countries. Buyers are deprived of necessary goods and sellers are deprived of their livelihood, all without the Constitutionally guaranteed due process of law.
HR2431appears to more specifically deliniate these activities to foreign countries. However, it also permits the President to waive any sanctions for governments when it serves U.S. national interests.
A logical question every Christian should ask is, “Who will be next?” What is to prevent “The Office” from deciding that “Extremist Christians” are persecuting pro-abortion pantheists, or “gay” Unitarians, or some sect of its own invention. If “The Office” has a right to classify one religion as acceptable or not, why not all religions? The bill does not define what it considers to be a “religion,” so it is apparently free to make up its own definition. This alone creates a serious concern for Christians.
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” – First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution
This is precisely what Congress has done.
This law does not increase freedom. Rather, it expands the dictatorial power of the Executive Branch. The bill provides for a Cabinet level equivalent agency whose mandate is to provide surveillance over religious groups. The President, through appointees, would instantly enjoy enormous powers to monitor and judge religious groups at his discretion, hitherto forbidden by the First Amendment to the Constitution.
The 9/11 Connection
Following the events of September 11, 2001, the United States has been waging a war on international terrorism that has brought many of the religious monitoring activities within the borders of the U.S.
With strong bipartisan support President Bush created the Department of Homeland Security dedicated to protecting America from terrorism and transforming the FBI into an agency whose primary mission is to prevent terrorist attacks.
The Terrorist Screening Center (TSC) was launched to consolidate terrorist watch lists and provide continual operational support for Federal, state, and local screeners and law enforcement. The TSC says it will not independently collect any information on U.S. citizens – it only receives information provided by the TTIC and the FBI. That information can then be presumably shared by The Department of Homeland Security Information Network that is connected to all 50 states and more than 50 major urban areas.
While many of its activities are appropriate for a government protecting our borders, there are some aspects of what the government can now do that should send chills down your spine.
The USA Patriot Act
On the surface, the USA Patriot Act may seem reasonable, however, it also gives intelligence and law enforcement officials broad new tools to track all American citizens and deny their right of privacy.
- It permits the FBI to compel production of business records, medical records, educational records, library records, and your Internet surfing habits from your ISP without a showing of “probable cause”. The law also includes provisions that prohibit, under penalty of law, to tell anybody that you have been asked for that information.
- It allows “sneak-and-peek” searches to be conducted without giving notice of the search or the issuance of a warrant. And, it’s NOT limited only to terrorist investigations. This change in the law applies to all government searches for material that “constitutes evidence of a criminal offense in violation of the laws of the United States” and is not limited to investigations of terrorist activity. The expansion of this extraordinary authority to all searches constitutes a radical departure from Fourth Amendment standards and could result in routine surreptitious entries by law enforcement agents.
- It permits the FBI to spy on religious services, internet chatrooms, political demonstrations, and other public meetings of any kind without having any evidence that a crime has been or may be committed.
- It authorizes electronic surveillance of Internet traffic under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) without establishing probable cause that the target of the action is involved in terrorism, espionage or another crime.
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And, it expands the definition of domestic terrorism in a manner that opponents believe would allow it to be used against peaceful, political protesters.
Today, one does not need to blow up buildings, take hostages in political motivation, send anthrax through the mail, or even wave a gun around in a public place to be considered a terrorist threat.
Homeland Security Target Christians
According to the document titled, “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment“, written by Department of Homeland Security, you might be a terrorist if you are a gun owner, believe in the ‘New World Order’, pro-life, a veteran, want lower taxes, against same sex marriage, a Constitutionalist, a homeschooler, believe in end times as spoken of in Bible prophecy, stockpile food or ammo, or are a Christian… then you might be labeled a terrorist.
Army Taught Christians Are Terrorist
Alex Jones breaks down the reports about a presentation given by the Defense Department to the U.S. Army Reserve, in which they classified evangelical protestants, Catholics, and more as terrorist. The Washington Times stated, “The Defense Department came under fire Thursday for a U.S. Army Reserve presentation that classified Catholics and Evangelical Protestants as “extremist” religious groups alongside al-Qaeda and the Ku Klux Klan.”
Another strategy document released by the White House promises to “closely monitor…the Internet and social networking sites” in order to “counter online violent extremist propaganda” as the federal government attempts to embed itself further in local communities under the guise of preventing domestic extremism. Despite the White House document’s claim that, “opposition to government policy is neither illegal nor unpatriotic and does not make someone a violent extremist,” the Department of Homeland Security has gone out of its way to characterize adversaries of big government as potential domestic terrorists.
FEMA Partners with Homeland Security on Psyops Campaign
A shocking 2011 Department of Homeland Security video depicted white Americans as the most likely terrorists only confirms that the federal government is now profiling middle class America as the main terror threat. The video serves a very useful purpose for the Department of Homeland Security as it fits perfectly with their obsession to frame white, politically active Americans as domestic extremists and terrorists, who by no coincidence are also the biggest roadblock when it comes to expanding the DHS-driven takeover of America through TSA-staffed checkpoints and stifling “security” measures that have nothing to do with stopping terrorists and everything to do with creating a police state.
In 2009, a secret report distributed by the Missouri Information Analysis Center (MIAC) entitled “The Modern Militia Movement” was exposed. This MIAC report specifically describes supporters of presidential candidates Ron Paul, Chuck Baldwin, and Bob Barr as “militia” influenced terrorists and instructs the Missouri police to be on the lookout for supporters displaying bumper stickers and other paraphernalia associated with the Constitutional, Campaign for Liberty, and Libertarian parties.
MIAC is part of the federal Fusion Center effort now underway around the country. As of September 2018, there were 70 fusion centers around the country.
The MIAC report does not concentrate on Muslim terrorists, but rather on the so-called “militia movement” and conflates it with supporters of Ron Paul, Chuck Baldwin, Bob Barr, the so-called patriot movement and other political activist organizations opposed to the North American Union and the New World Order. MIAC notes many of the political issues cited by the so-called patriot movement — the Ammunition Accountability Act, the impending economic collapse of the government, the possibility of a constitutional convention, the North American Union, Obama’s “Universal Service Program,” and the implementation of RFID, issues that are not limited to the patriot movement but are shared by a wide array of political activists.
The MIAC report is similar to one created by the Phoenix Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Joint Terrorism Task Force during the Clinton administration. The FBI document explicitly designates “defenders” of the Constitution as “right-wing extremists.” MIAC rolls in Christian Identity, white nationalism, “militant” anti-abortion activists, opposition to illegal immigration, and income tax resistance.
The MIAC report is particularly pernicious because it indoctrinates Missouri law enforcement in the belief that people who oppose confiscatory taxation, believe in the well-documented existence of a New World Order and world government, and are opposed to the obvious expansion of the federal government at the expense of the states as violent extremists who are gunning for the police. It specifically targets supporters of mainstream political candidates and encourages police officers to consider them dangerous terrorists.
Such training documents are manifesting real-life situations where people are being harassed, assaulted and arrested by law enforcement simply for owning material or discussing topics related to the Constitution and the bill of rights.
- In 2001, housewife Abbey Newman was assaulted and arrested by police at a checkpoint for exercising her 4th amendment rights. Cops looked through literature which included a copy of a pocket constitution and debated whether or not the material was illegal.
- In May 2008, a student of a large bible college in east Texas was accused by federal agents of committing an “act of terror and espionage” after he gave a talk to a group of Boy Scouts in which he encouraged them to educate themselves about the U.S. constitution.
- In July 2007, the Kuhns, a North Carolina couple were terrorized by sheriff’s deputy Brian Scarborough, who broke into their house, assaulted them and then arrested the couple for the crime of flying an upside down U.S. flag.
- In 2004, Kelly Rushing was charged with making “terrorist threats” after he handed out Alex Jones videos and recordings of a Congressman Ron Paul speech on C-Span to Lyon County, Kentucky officials and Kentucky State Trooper Lewis Dobbs.
- In August 2008, a Las Vegas couple were stopped by police, detained and searched as cops demanded to know if there was anything illegal inside the vehicle. When the couple asked why they had been stopped, the police officer pointed at “Infowars” and “Ron Paul” bumper stickers on their car.
Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security started an initiative ‘Red Dirt Ready’ to induct neighbors into a spy program that will serve to report on suspicious behavior. Fascist regimes have always used ‘citizen spying’ to keep tabs on its subjects. Neighbors reporting on neighbors is a highly successful tactic used to divide community and shatter the solidarity shared by patriots. Similar to Germany’s Hitler Youth, the initiative also targets children as major assets in the program and includes colorful pages designed to be engaging to youths.
The Department of Homeland Security has released numerous standardized guidelines to law enforcement offices across the country which are meant to make it “easier” for police and others to identify a possible terrorist. Besides the above examples already cited, here are some other identified potential terrorists:
- Anyone who talks frequently about the Constitution, or ill of the government
- Anyone who supports the idea of a Constitutional Militia
- Anyone who fights against anti-gun legislation, or owns many guns
- Anyone who supports state sovereignty and 10th Amendment issues
- Anyone who believes the private Federal Reserve is destroying our economy
- Anyone who talks about the “New World Order”, or global government
- Anyone who discusses economic collapse as a reality in the U.S.
- Anyone who speaks out against the IRS
- Anyone who participates in any form of activist group
- Anyone who distrusts FEMA
- Anyone who home schools their children
- Anyone who flies a Gadsden Flag
- Anyone who stores survival goods and food
- Anyone who uses shortwave radios or HAMs
- Anyone who operates private barter and trade networks
- Anyone who stores gold and silver or uses them as an alternative to the dollar
As America moves closer to financial derailment, the kind of destabilization that often follows is a police state; a governmental framework that is designed specifically to protect the longevity of the core system that created the disaster in the first place, remove civil liberties one bite at a time while demonizing any person who dares to question the necessity of the system, and institute new social dynamics meant to acclimate the public to the loss of the freedom and prosperity they once enjoyed.
Alex Jones’ 2001 documentary film 9/11: The Road to Tyranny featured footage from a FEMA symposium given to firefighters and other emergency personnel in Kansas City in which it was stated that the founding fathers, Christians and homeschoolers were terrorists and should be treated with the utmost suspicion and brutality in times of national emergency.
FEMA Plan To Use Pastors as Pacifiers in Preparation For Martial Law
A nationwide FEMA program is training Pastors and other religious representatives to become secret police enforcers for the New World Order who teach their congregations to “obey the government” in preparation for a declaration of martial law, property and firearm seizures, and forced relocation.
New American Theology of Civil Submission
The first directive was for Pastors to preach to their congregations Romans 13, the often taken out of context bible passage that was used by Hitler to hoodwink Christians into supporting him, in order to teach them to “obey the government” when martial law is declared. It was stressed that the Pastors needed to preach subservience to the authorities ahead of time in preparation for the round-ups and to make it clear to the congregation that “this is for their own good.”