The right to protest in peril
Protesters in NYC demonstrating for jobs
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Are you ready
to speak out against the impious alliance the church has
made with the American super-state? To do so will no doubt
mean jail and maybe worse; but as Martin Luther King said
forty years ago at Riverside Church in New York City:
[FINALLY] COMES WHEN SILENCE IS BETRAYAL."
Betrayal of whom? - BETRAYAL OF CHRIST whose holy
Name the leaders of today's church have linked to the
crimes of the American New World Order System.
THIS IS FOR REAL. Your faith is being put to
the test. Is it real or is it fake? Several years ago
"When prophecy is a dream - when it is nothing
more than a mental image, a kind of fantasy or "furtive
meditation" - it's sort of fun; it's like a secret
GAME we can play on a cold night in the safety and comfort
of our own living rooms with good friends, good food,
a warm cup of chocolate, and a crackling fire in the
fireplace - the kind of GAME that Tim LaHaye's "Left
Behind" series of books casually and vacuously
promotes. It lifts us out of the "ordinary"
and elevates us into a whimsical world where we are
no longer nameless cogs in a giant, uncaring socio-economic
machine that doesn't give a whit for us, but are instead
heroes and heroines ("Knight-Templars") of
our Lord and Savior immersed in great feats of "daring-do."
And the wonder (indeed, the pleasure) of it all is that
this GAME doesn't cost us much to play. Maybe a little,
but not much. No real sacrifices are demanded of us;
we don't have to "pay to play;" no relationships
are threatened beyond those we don't care that much
about anyway; no jobs are put at risk.
"But when prophecy transmutes itself into reality,
when it is no longer played as a game, when actual relationships
are threatened, when money is really put at risk, when
jobs are actually lost, and when lives are in fact jeopardized,
then prophecy becomes something else altogether, AND
NOT TOO MANY PEOPLE WANT TO BE A PART OF THAT."
being martyred for their faith in the Coliseum
in Rome. Are you prepared to follow in their footsteps?
Are you really? IT'S NOT WHAT YOU SAY THAT COUNTS,
YOU DO THAT COUNTS.
Now, be clear here, there is no obligation
per se on a Christian's part to protest against
the American New World Order System itself. BUT THERE
IS AN OBLIGATION ON CHRISTIANS EVERYWHERE TO PROTEST THE
EFFORT BY THE LEADERS OF THE CHURCH TO LINK THE PRECIOUS
NAME OF OUR SAVIOUR TO THIS EMPIRE OF GREED AND HATE -
even if that means going to jail.
It is not without reason that Jesus warned:
"... they shall deliver you up to councils; and
in the synagogues [i.e., meeting halls of the apostate
church] ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought
before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony
against them." (Mark 13:9)
The article that follows gives clear evidence of how
one will be treated by the super-state if one dares to
stand up against its dictates. Indeed, the groundwork
for massive arrests in Chicago is being laid to ensnare
hundreds if not thousands who might dare to protest there
this May against the elites. NEVERTHELESS, WE WILL BE
THERE CARRYING OUR SIGN:
THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT
THE BUSINESS RIGHT
THE POLITICAL RIGHT
AN ALLIANCE MADE IN HELL
THE U.S. Constitution forbids laws "abridging the freedom
of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people to assemble,
and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
But that did not stop the city government in Chicago.
At a January 18 City Council meeting, local ordinances were
twisted into tools of repression, ready to be used against any
organization or group of individuals that wants to express dissent.
It won't take much for a protester to be labeled a criminal
in Chicago--using a sound system or carrying a banner that
wasn't registered in advance, not providing an official marshal
for every 100 people attending a rally, letting a demonstration
last more than two hours.
The city council's new ordinances are supposedly in preparation
for demonstrations expected at a joint summit of the Group of
Eight industrialized nations and the NATO military alliance
that will take place in May. But the shredding of civil liberties
isn't temporary. It will be permanent.
LEFT: Leaders of the eight richest
nations in the world (the G-8) at a lavish dinner in
Paris; RIGHT: Leaders of NATO at a
recent meeting. Both groups are scheduled to meet in
Chicago this May.
In a society that truly represented the will of the people,
such proposals would be laughed off as a relic of the past,
when countries were ruled by emperors or dictators. But we now
live in a country where political and business leaders love
to preach about freedom and liberty publicly, but behind
closed doors do just about anything to undermine them--especially
when their power and privilege is being questioned.
Moreover, the assault on civil liberties underway in Chicago
isn't the exception. There are plenty more examples, and they
run straight to the top of the political system in the "world's
National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) allows for the
indefinite jailing of U.S. citizens.
On the last day of 2011, the National Defense Authorization
Act (NDAA) - one provision of which grants the military, at
the discretion of the president, the power to indefinitely
detain U.S. citizens - was signed into law.
Of course, the administration insists that the government's
policies are intended to be used against the "bad guys"
- extremists and terrorists - an effort to contain "outside
agitators" who are "bent on violence."
But it's amazing how easily peaceful
protesters can be painted as dangerous extremists.
Consider the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA), a law
quietly passed in 2006 at the behest of the agriculture and
biotech industries. AETA labels as "terrorist" anything
done "for the purpose of damaging or interfering with the
operations of an animal enterprise," as well as "economic
damage" to such an enterprise. Activists say the law is
so broad that they could be targeted just for secretly videotaping
abuses against animals at factory farms, since this could affect
companies' bottom lines.
That's how peaceful protest gets conflated with terrorism.
Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) makes
"non-violent physical obstruction," also known as civil
disobedience, a crime which subjects an activist
to 18 months in prison, plus fines. In other words, those
"who conscientiously believe that it is their duty to
peacefully protest" through civil disobedience could
be labeled terrorists.
We witnessed a similar dynamic throughout the fall, as the
Occupy Wall Street protest movement spread around the country.
When it became clear that Occupy couldn't be dismissed, local
officials, aided by the media, stirred up a slander campaign,
accusing activists of everything from tolerating violence to
causing a public health hazard. The slanders were prelude to
a crackdown--in city after city mayors ordered police to raid
the Occupy encampments and arrest anyone who got in the way.
[Please see our article, "Wall
Street Attacks the Occupy Movement with the Help of the Religious
Democracy--the bottom-up kind, based on the idea that people
have a right to stand up for jobs and better schools, for health
care and Social Security, for programs to aid the most vulnerable
in society--isn't the kind that politicians respect. To them,
"democracy" is limited to pulling a lever in a voting
booth every few years or making a financial contribution to
their reelection fund.
When dissent becomes tangible and concrete--as it has with
the upsurge of the Occupy movement in the U.S., not to mention
the example of millions of people in Egypt, Tunisia, Nigeria
and elsewhere taking to the streets to demand justice--that
our free speech rights get put on the chopping block.
The Occupy movement was the most invigorating example of grassroots
democracy in years, if not decades. But when it became a
threat because it was growing and challenging the status
quo, political leaders were ready to shut it down.
As Occupy Chicago activist Evelyn Dehais stated at a press
police in Chicago
"Whether these measures are temporary or permanent
is beside the point. The fundamental freedoms upon which this
country was founded cannot be dismissed or negotiated at any
time, for any reason, and certainly not in the name of convenience.
"This is an effort by the mayor's office to
manage dissent in a city where the mayor has given his constituents
ample cause to dissent. He has stripped the people and the
communities which he was elected to represent in the name
of austerity, while championing the 1 percent and a $65 million
dollar price tag for the NATO-G8 summit. And now, with a duplicitous
excuse of 'public safety,' he seeks to strip Chicagoans of
their voice as well."
Many people will think these latest assaults on civil liberties
are an aberration from the real traditions of democracy in the
That's not true. The elites in the U.S. have always
been willing to use violence and repression.
Just how violent and repressive becomes obvious in times of
war, when violations of the Bill of Rights go nearly unquestioned.
During the First World War, the Espionage Act of 1917 and the
Sedition Act of 1918 forbade the use of "disloyal, profane,
scurrilous or abusive language" about the U.S. government.
But similar attacks on our rights are familiar in peacetime,
too. The Palmer Raids, in which thousands were rounded up and
deported in 1919 and 1920, came after the end of the First World
War. During the 1950s and '60s, the federal government carried
out a witch-hunt against socialists and civil rights activists.
The FBI's COINTELPRO was squarely aimed at citizen protesters
in the US.
The Sedition Act, the Palmer Raids and COINTELPRO
his "Letter from a Birmingham Jail," Martin King responded
to critics who questioned whether he was wrong to defy the law:
"Sometimes a law is just on its face and unjust in its application.
For instance, I have been arrested on a charge of parading
without a permit. Now, there is nothing wrong in having an
ordinance which requires a permit for a parade. But such
an ordinance becomes unjust when it is used to maintain segregation
and to deny citizens the First Amendment privilege of peaceful
assembly and protest."
God bless you all!
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WE SENT TO YOU RECENTLY.
Then make copies and take these copies out to the campuses
where you live; pass them out; OR if that seems
too "daring" for you right now, post them on telephone
poles, the sides of buildings, on campus bulletin boards; post
them in union halls, in the neighborhoods of the poor and downtrodden,
near employment offices, wherever you can.
Once again, we URGE you to read (or re-read):
We need your help to spread the word concerning Antipas Ministries and the
eschatological viewpoint it represents; WE NEED YOUR
HELP BECAUSE WE DO NOT "LINK" WITH OTHER SO-CALLED "CHRISTIAN"
WEBSITES which are, for the most part, "in the tank"
insofar as their loyalty to the United States is concerned
- a loyalty that has made them partners in the BLOODY
trail the American military has left in its TERROR-RIDDEN
rampage throughout the world, as well as making them partners
in the abject poverty that American corporations have
imposed on the peoples and nations the American military
machine has ravaged - A BLOODY, TERROR-RIDDEN RAMPAGE
THAT HAS TO A LARGE DEGREE BEEN CARRIED OUT IN THE NAME
OF THE "PRINCE OF PEACE." [Please see our articles,
"The Third World
as a Model for the New World Order," Inside
the American New World Order System" and "The
American Empire: The Corporate / Pentagon / CIA / Missionary
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