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Christians Against the United States Empire
Non-violent, Scriptural Resistance to "Pax Americana."
Are we really? Maybe I want to start a movement because I don't feel anyone really wants to change.
Yes, everybody complains that taxes are too high, crime too high, unemployment too high, hypocrisy in Washington too high, etc., etc. But people have always thought that things were "not perfect," and things keep getting more and more imperfect. Our Founding Fathers risked their lives to fight a tax rate of less than 5%. Today our taxes exceed 10 times the amount the Founders pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor to fight. If they could visit our century, the Founding Fathers would realize that for the last 200 years we really haven't been trying to make things change for the better. The Founding Fathers would be appalled at today's complacent, uneducated, undisciplined, materialistic, amoral (at best) Americans.
What have we been doing? "Looking out for number one." "Grabbing for the gusto." We justify our materialism by telling ourselves, "You deserve a break." "I'm worth it." And yet the goods we strive for are all "disposable." Craftsmanship is a lost concept. And the Empire which supports our idolatry is far larger and more intrusive than the Empire from which we declared "Independence" on July 4, 1776. We work for the government almost half a year before we begin working for ourselves.
And what has the government done with all that tax money? Is crime down? Do we feel more secure against terrorists? Are school children more knowledgeable about the world? And by "knowledgeable about the world," I do not mean "knows how to put on a condom," or "knows how to put a new clip in an automatic weapon," or "knows how to light a pipe full of crack cocaine." Nor do I mean something "high-tech" like, "knows how to find porno chat-rooms on the Internet." I mean -- at the very least -- "is able to locate on a map all nations with more than 1 billion people in population." I mean, "knows how to respond gracefully to an insult." How about, "knows how to overcome frustrations without resorting to violence"?
Things will only improve when our whole perspective changes. We need what philosophers call a paradigm shift. The Founding Fathers broke through the old way of seeing ("divine right of kings") into a new age: "representative democracy." But even at the time the Constitution was signed, there were dissenting voices challenging us to view society through a new paradigm. Democracy, they said, was "legalized plunder." One part of society used the coercive power of the government to redistribute the wealth, taking from the rich and giving to themselves by majority vote.
Then there were Christians who were asking why the nation's founding charters never mentioned the name of Jesus Christ.
America's past, her present, and her future all give good reasons for self-consciously opposing the Government and Constitution of the United States of America:
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"But doesn't the Constitution require a "separation of church and state?" some will ask. Millions of people have taken an oath to "support the Constitution," without ever having read that document. The U.S. Supreme Court has held that this oath includes an "affirmation of the organic law" of the U.S. Needless to say, most people who have taken that oath do not know what the "organic law" is.
The "organic law" is the fundamental law of the State, its constitutive principles. It is the legal foundation upon which all statutes and decisions are to be grounded. In West's edition of the U.S. Code, the section on "The Organic Laws of the United States of America" contains such documents as the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Northwest Ordinance of 1787. Article III of that Ordinance requires:
Religion, morality, and knowledge being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged. The utmost good faith shall always be observed towards the Indians; their lands a property shall never be taken from them without their consent . . . ."Religion, morality, and knowledge" have all been removed from our classrooms. Those who took an oath to uphold the Constitution have violated their oaths and repudiated the vision of our "organic law." And what do you suppose society will be like without "religion, morality, and knowledge?"
It used to be the case that only those who affirmed the Christian vision of the organic law were allowed to become politicians or attorneys. Atheists were not allowed to testify in court. Those who signed the Constitution recognized the importance of Christianity to our system of government. But in this century, the Christian vision of America has been flushed down the Orwellian Memory Hole. The Supreme Court has held that Christians who hold the non-conforming views of CAUSE cannot become an attorney, or even an American citizen. CAUSE is challenging this policy in Federal Court. Our concern is not so much that we can become American citizens, but rather that we not meet an untimely demise, like those in Waco and Ruby Ridge, merely because of our nonconforming views.
The Christian Coalition (on the right) and the Call to Renewal (on the left) both put faith in the political process. The Black Panthers (in the 60's) and the militia groups (in the 90's) both believe they need guns to fight the State. Neither Washington nor weapons will save us. We need a paradigm shift.
Americanism has triumphed; we are the most powerful nation on earth, and this is our century.
And this century has been the most violent in human history. And when the secrets of men are made known in the Day of God's Judgment, it will be America that capitalized the communist and socialist nations we consider to be worse than we are, just as Israel abandoned God and made covenants with the most barbaric heathen nations around her.
There is absolutely no evidence that the killing and mass destruction is going to stop in the 21st century. The legitimacy of the institution which engages is mass murder is not being questioned. Apathetic complacency in the face of dwindling human rights and centralization of power shows no signs of being transformed into robust Godliness.
This is why CAUSE is being formed.
Nearly half a billion people have been murdered by Empires in the 20th century. Unless things change, in the 21st century we can expect statist population planners armed with weapons of mass destruction to eliminate more than one billion people from the face of the earth. If you live to see your grandchildren, they will find themselves looking down the barrel of a government gun. They will ask what you were doing when you saw the signs. What will you tell them?
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2. Northwest Ordinance, Sec. 14, Art. III, 1 U.S.C.A 21. (West, 1988). Schools were required by the federal government to teach religion in those states admitted into the Union under the Northwest Ordinance. The constitutions of states admitted as late as 1875 (Nebraska) contained almost identical language, requiring the teaching of Christianity in the public schools. Commended by the U.S. Supreme Court in Church of the Holy Trinity v. U.S., 143 U.S. 457, 469. See discussion in Barton, Original Intent, p. 40-42. [Return to text]
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The opinion that human reason left without the constant control of Divine laws and commands will . . . give duration to a popular government is as chimerical as the most extravagant ideas that enter the head of a maniac . . . . Where will you find any code of laws among civilized men in which the commands and prohibitions are not founded on Christian principles?[Back to text]
-- Noah Webster
The law given from Sinai was a civil and municipal as well as a moral and religious code. . . laws essential to the existence of men in society and most of which have been enacted by every nation whch ever professed any code of laws. Vain indeed would be the search among the writings of profane antiquity . . . to find so broad, so complete, and so solid a basis for morality as this decalogue lays down.
-- John Qunicy Adams
Let divines and philosophers, statesmen and patriots, unite their endeavors to renovate the age, by impressing the minds of men with the importance of educating their little boys and girls, of inculcating in the minds of youth the fear and love of the Deity. . . and, in subordination to these great principles, the love of their country. . . . In short, of leading them in the study and practice of the exalted virtues of the Christian system.
-- Sam Adams 1790 [To John Adams, who wrote back: "You and I agree."]