Tuesday, July 26, 2016

On Destroying ISIS

News today of an ISIS attack on a church in France, in which ISIS terrorist slit the throat of octogenerian priest.

At the RNC convention, Donald Trump promised to "destroy ISIS."

This is not the first time he's said this, of course.

I think most people agree with this goal, and the means to the end, but quite a few are unwilling to be as blunt and transparent about it as Trump (which some voters find attractive). Obama, winner of the Nobel Prize for Peace, drops bombs on ISIS:

As a pacifist, I agree with the goal (destroying ISIS) but not Trump's (and Obama's) means to the end (dropping bombs on Syria, joining with Saudi Arabia to bomb Yemen, and strengthening NATO).

So how would a Christian pacifist "destroy ISIS."

And why are so many Democrats quiet about Obama's bombing of ISIS?

Democrats believe in "multiculturalism."

The idea of destroying an entire culture doesn't sit easy with them.

As a Christian Theocrat, I'm all for destroying all non-Christian cultures.

But as a Christian pacifist, I'm against bombs and other forms of violence to accomplish this "genocide."

Historical Precedents

ISIS is not the first group of terrorists Americans have had to deal with. President Thomas Jefferson dealt with terrorists during his administration. Those terrorists were called "Indians." Not all Americans treated all Indians in a consistently Christian manner, and not all Indians were terrorists, but many Indians attacked not only American settlers, but other Indians as well. In 1779, Jefferson explained to Sir Guy Carleton, the Governor of Canada:

"The known rule of warfare of the Indian Savages is an indiscriminate butchery of men, women and children."

Sounds like ISIS.

Jefferson's letter was an echo of the Declaration of Independence, which said King George III

has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions

Not all religions are equal. Any religion which kills innocent people is a "false religion," to use the words of James Madison, the "Father of the Constitution."

We do not live in a meaningless, random, evolving, amoral world. There really is such a thing as "evil," and it is defined by "The Laws of Nature and of Nature's God," which Blackstone said were only to be found in the Christian Bible.

Christian culture -- whether in Africa, Brazil, Byzantium, New England, or China -- is good. ISIS culture is bad. The world would be a better place if it were eradicated.

Jefferson and America's Founding Fathers knew how to deal with terrorists from false religions. Jefferson compiled a collection of his favorite teachings of Jesus Christ in order to civilize the Indians. Congress appropriated funds to various missionary agencies to Christianize the heathen. This was good foreign policy.

It was a good thing to for America to destroy "native American" culture. They lived in poverty, "darkness" and superstition. They needed the Light from a shining City upon a Hill. The chiefs of the Delaware Indians wanted their people to lose their dysfunctional culture and become like the Americans. On May 12, 1779, in a speech to the Delaware Indian Chiefs, George Washington advised them:

You do well to wish to learn our arts and ways of life, and above all, the religion of Jesus Christ. These will make you a greater and happier people than you are. Congress will do every thing they can to assist you in this wise intention.
The Writings of George Washington, JC Fitzpatrick, ed., Wash. DC: US Gov't Printing Office, 1932, Vol 15, p.55.

I oppose coercing taxpayers into funding missionary agencies, but the direction of America's Founding Fathers is a direction we must follow today.

And while it was good to destroy savage Indian culture, it was immoral and unChristian to use violence to do so. And sometimes the destroyer of culture does not represent true Christianity, and may be destroying Christian culture. The real goal is to create conditions in which savage cultures want to abolish themselves. We see this with the Delaware Indians. This is called "repentance."

Americans have a lot to repent of. A lot of American "culture" should be extermintaed.

We must destroy ISIS through evangelism. We should have used evangelism in Iraq rather than armed invasion.

This (non-violent evangelism) is the policy that will be most vocally attacked by Democrats. They will sound the alarms against "Christian Theocrats" and deploy all their "multiculturalism" weapons. They are horrified at the prospect of "destroying" an "indigenous" "culture." But they won't say anything if Hillary promises to destroy ISIS by murdering them all using weapons of mass destruction.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Hospitality and Refugees

Last month (June 14), I wrote to my Congressman, Billy Long, inquiring about Syrian refugees. I asked how I could get in line to open my home to one or more of them. I received what appears to be a form letter, rather than the specific steps I must take to emulate others who have shown hospitality to strangers:

June 28, 2016

Mr. Kevin Craig
PO Box 179
Powersite, MO 65731-0179

Dear Mr. Craig,

Thank you for contacting me regarding the Syrian refugee crisis. As you may know, the civil war in Syria has resulted in horrific violence and instability when Arab Spring protests escalated into violent conflict.  This intense struggle between President Bashar al-Assad’s forces and rebel groups has resulted in massive civilian casualties and widespread human rights abuses.  The United Nations estimates that as many as 200,000 people have died since the violence began.  The violence has also spilled into neighboring countries, including Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey, which is a NATO member. As many as 7 million Syrians have been displaced from their homes and more than 3 million are now considered refugees. The vast majority of these refugees have resettled in neighboring countries such as Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon, and Iraq. This influx of refugees has placed significant strains on these countries food and water supply, housing, hospitals, and schools. In response, the United Nations Refugee Agency plans to refer 30,000 refugees to countries outside of the region. The United States participates in this program, but it will accept only a small portion of this number. Additionally, the number of total refugees is capped for each year at a maximum of 70,000, and there is a further cap every 3 months to minimize the strain placed on the law enforcement and intelligence communities in order to screen and verify each refugee entering the United States. In September 2015, President Obama announced that the United States would accept 10,000 more Syrian refugees over the next year.  America has a long history of accepting refugees from all over the world fleeing hardship, oppression, and conflict.  However, the security of the United States remains paramount—especially after the terrorist attacks in Paris—and we cannot allow extremists or terrorists into our country.   That’s why I signed letters to Governor Nixon and President Obama asking them to halt the process of incoming refugees and to refuse them from entering Missouri and the United States.  In addition, I voted in support of H.R. 4038, a bill that would effectively pause President Obama’s refugee program by requiring additional vetting and background checks prior to Iraqi and Syrian refugees ever being admitted the United States.  Specifically, it would prohibit any refugees from Iraq and Syria being admitted to the United States unless the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) certifies to the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Director of National Intelligence that the individual has received sufficient investigation to determine that they are not a threat to the United States.  H.R. 4038 passed the House of Representatives on November 19 by a vote of 289-137.

But aside from these measures, processes like our country’s visa waiver program (VWP) are critically flawed.  The VWP allows citizens of other participating countries –mostly European countries—to come to the United States and stay for up to 90 days without a visa.  In fact, it would be easier for a terrorist to come through the VWP than as a refugee.  As a result, I voted in favor of H.R. 158, the Visa Waiver Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act.  This bill addresses the vulnerabilities of the VWP and requires the participating countries to share counterterrorism and intelligence information.  

This will continue to be an ongoing issue for the United States and I appreciate having the benefit of your views.  I remain committed to defending the safety of American citizens above all else, and I will continue to monitor this issue very closely.  

Again, thank you for contacting me on this important issue.  Hearing the views of all Missourians gives me the opportunity to better understand how important issues could impact the people of the Seventh District and the future interests of the nation.

For additional information regarding current legislation, my representation of the Seventh District, and to sign up to receive my monthly newsletter, I invite you to visit my website at http://long.house.gov


  Sincerely, Billy Long
Member of Congress



Please read this article from The New York Times, "Refugees Encounter a Foreign Word: Welcome." These people who show hospitality to refugees are ordinary people, not professionally-trained, certified and accredited, elite refugee professionals and bureaucrats. They are "Canadian hockey moms, poker buddies and neighbors."

Then read the final parable in Matthew 25.

Sure, if I open my home to a refugee, I run a very small risk that I might be opening my home to a Jihadi terrorist. My life could be cut short by 20 years.

On the other hand, if I refuse to show hospitality to a terrorist, and hope that my grace might lead to his/her redemption, I live for an additional 20 years on this planet, and then spend eternity as a goat. ("Goat" is a reference to the Words of Jesus in Matthew 25.)

What does it profit a man if he gains 20 years of fleeting life and loses his soul? (Mark 8:36)

This weekend America is purportedly celebrating the signing of "The Declaration of Independence." A document which the Federal Government has declared must not be taught in public schools as objective truth. We might ask that document, Why are there terrorists? That document would tell us to ask "The Supreme Judge of the World."

And what would the Judge tell us?

Look, this was the iniquity of your sister Sodom: She and her daughter had pride, fullness of food, and abundance of idleness; neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.
Ezekiel 16:49
God sends the terrorists.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

City on a Hill

On this day in 1630, John Winthrop began compiling a journal that would be contain a history of New England. Winthrop was a Puritan who saw Europe slipping away from pure Christianity. He joined the Massachusetts Bay Company to establish a "City Upon a Hill" in the New World; a beacon of light to a world of darkness.

What would Winthrop think about the New World today? Today's churches are surely less pure than the Church of England was in the 1600's.

Where would Winthrop go today to establish a City without the impurities of America's atheistic, hedonistic culture?