Welcome to the camp/I guess you all know why we’re here…. – Peter Townshend
KSLA-TV in Shreveport, LA, reports that Homeland Security has enlisted clergy to help quell unrest in case martial law is declared. Specifically, clergy would be asked to help convince their congregations to allow themselves to be disarmed and to go quietly to “camps” (this is called internment, friends) in case of a terrorist attack or other “national emergency.”
The justification for this would be the clergy’s citation of Romans 13:
1Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you. 4For he is God’s servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God’s servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. 5Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience. 6This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. 7Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor. – New International Version, Holy Bible
Let’s be clear – when a conspiracy theorist like Alex Jones brings this kind of story to the public attention, we have to take it with a grain of salt. Jones is no more trustworthy as an analyst of the implications of the Feds enlistment of the clergy for convincing the public to comply with martial law provisions than Rush Limbaugh is on Hillary Clinton’s qualifications to be POTUS or Michael Moore is on reasonable 2nd Amendment interpretations.
And we know that KSLA in Shreveport is a CBS affiliate – and that CBS used to be known as the most liberal of the mainstream network media. (Since Dan Rather was forced out, matters seem to have taken a slight right turn). So perhaps we should be dubious of this station’s motives in reporting on this issue. Perhaps it’s just another front in the liberal media’s assault on the Bush administration….
Or maybe not. After all, there is a competing viewpoint:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. – Thomas Jefferson
And we know that President Bush has been accused of having done the following:
“…refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.”
“…affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.”
“…depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury….”
“… transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny….”
So I suppose KSLA, living and reporting as they do in the wake of Katrina and having seen the disarming and internment of their neighboring citizens in New Orleans and having seen the use of mercenary armies such as Blackwater, can be forgiven for finding the perversion of the duties of clergy from providing comfort and solace to those affected by disaster to proselytizing for martial law acceptance worth reporting. Maybe they know some things the rest of us would find useful….
(Thanks to fellow Scrogue Nick for the tip and apologies to fellow Scrogue Gavin for – well he’ll catch the reference….”)