STAYING SAFE IN AN UNSAFE WORLD
America the Beautiful! A special place in the development of today’s world – beauty, opportunity, and freedom with a history of optimism unlike any other.
Consider the chance to shoot the white water rapids on one of America’s incredible crystal clear, pristine rivers. Knowing there are risks involved, you hire a seasoned guide who will maneuver you securely through the boulders and waterfalls to the calm pool below. Not every American will choose to experience the excitement of this kind of adventure. But if you do, your journey is thrilling because of the near misses of jagged rocks and boulders, the crashing of waves over your head, the heart-in-your-mouth moments, and the rush of adrenaline when your guide yells pull hard-right on the oar. You have chosen these moments because you are motivated to do and succeed.
YOU have chosen the thrill of freedom!
Now it is time to choose a different thrill of freedom – the freedom to stay safe in an unsafe world.
Again, not all will choose this, but those that do will ensure future rapids to shoot and a future place to live where freedom prevails. They and YOU WILL BE the ones the future textbooks will call the keepers of freedom. Are you up for the ride? Want to shoot the rapids and experience the thrill of being able to tell your grandchildren you WERE there?
In 2016, America is facing big boulders, and if they are NOT navigated with skill, intelligence, faith and courage, it will spell the end of a free America the Beautiful.
We are already in the river and moving fast. We must identify the boulders and then determine how to triumph over them. Navigating these obstacles requires developing our ability to be responsible and competent. We must gain the skills necessary to work together with our fellow participants in the raft. We MUST survive the boulders in order to get to the calm pool ahead.
BOULDER ONE: IGNORANCE and TRUTH
Concern about ignorance extends from the Bible – Hosea 4:6 “… my people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge.” to the Founding Fathers. Thomas Jefferson said, “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.”1
Reflecting on the consequences of ignorance, our twentieth president, James Garfield, noted:
“Now more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature…”2 (Emphasis added.)
Ignorance is not being informed about how national policies impact our lives, sloughing off truth as irrelevant and unnecessary, or ignorance about the eternal questions of who we are, what our purpose in life is, and whether or not there is a God of love, heaven, and hell.
In the past, truth was primary in teaching, both at home and in education. Now, truth is no longer a priority in life. There is too much information. We are frustrated and overwhelmed because with 24/7 news cycles, it becomes easier to just ignore it all, filter out the bad news, and focus on the pleasures of life. “What you do not know cannot hurt you” becomes the motto. Searching for truth, for the facts, becomes too difficult and unpleasant, making it easier to discard absolute truth and becoming your own judge of all things relevant. Recent revelations about Facebook, Twitter and Google disclose deliberate bias structured to prevent access to all information – mimicking the media and the entertainment world. This becomes dangerous by allowing people to believe that if they see it with their own eyes or hear it with their own ears, then everything said on ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX and in movies, television and radio is believed to be the gospel truth. Finding truth becomes even more difficult as open discussion is increasingly shut down by speech codes and thought control. Even faux news websites like the Onion, PrivateEye or NewsBiscuit become believable to the uninformed.
The New York Times has displayed its ignorance of Scripture by writing a story three days after the Orlando massacre “implying that conservative Christians were partly responsible for the atrocity carried out by a radical Islamist. … [because] Apostle Paul ordered Christians to execute homosexuals…”3 According to Breibart, “As anyone who has ever read the New Testament knows, Saint Paul never permits that Christians should commit any violence whatsoever against homosexuals, but the Times editors apparently thought that fact-checking with the original text was superfluous or that readers were too ignorant to check for themselves. … The biblical passage in question actually speaks of God’s anger toward sinners who reject God despite the abundance of evidence for his existence in creation. It says that those who failed to honor God ‘became futile in their thinking, and their senseless minds were darkened’ Saint Paul continues: ‘Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the degrading of their bodies among themselves’.”4
The left’s reporting of news events often displays an intentional ignorance about Islam, which is “how the left gets away with whitewashing terrorism…”5
The bottom line of ignorance is that you can lose your life.
BOULDER TWO: SPEECH AND THOUGHT CONTROL
Real danger is not only what is said, but also what is NOT said or conveyed on social media and traditional media. Abraham Lincoln stated, “To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.” It is easier to remain silent than to confront someone about the facts. What Google and Facebook are now being charged with (silencing certain viewpoints) is forced silence. When it becomes impossible to find opposing views and politically incorrect information on the Internet and in the media, the public is denied hearing all sides of an issue or even knowing that there is another side. The media gatekeeper’s worldviews ensure that what does get through to the American public fits their agenda.
Americans were astounded at the “ignorance” of the media claiming it could not know the motive of self-proclaimed Jihadists like Mateen in the Orlando shootings, yet “the same media outlets … quickly identified the Planned Parenthood shooter as a right wing religious terrorist because his incoherent ramblings included the phrase ‘baby parts’.”6
Omission has become the norm and succeeds unless there is a public outcry. An example is the recent refusal of the Department of Justice’s Loretta Lynch to release the 9-1-1 call made by the Orlando Jihadist, which contained his Islamic reasons for the massacre. As the prosecutor of “The Blind Sheik,” Andrew C. McCarthy put it, “the Obama Justice Department undertook to bleach the Islam out of Orlando terrorist Omar Mateen’s statements about his Islamist mass-murder attack, specifically, his pledge of allegiance to the Islamic State terror network and its leader, Abu Bakr-al-Badhdadi.”7
There are few Americans that know of UN Resolution 16/18 “which reports to mandate the suppression of speech that could cast Islam in a bad light … this provision calls on Western governments to outlaw any speech that ‘constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence’ toward religion, on the rational that such speech could provoke ‘religious hatred’. … The joint Obama/OIC Resolution 16/18 effectively imposes sharia blasphemy standards on American law … [it] forbids any speech or expression, by anyone, that constitutes an unflattering portrayal or belittling of Islam. … The point of the resolution is not to promote the search for truth. Precisely the opposite: the point is to impose an incontestable, official government- approved version of Islam, and to discourage dissent by the apparent force of law.”8 Threads of UN Resolution 16/18 were reflected in the Bengazi scandal where “hate speech” was originally blamed for the loss of life; and also in Orlando where any unflattering speech of Islam was originally censored. Islam is always referred to as a “religion of peace” even though “the phrase cannot be found in the Qur’an nor the teachings of Muhammed. Islam was first called ‘the religion of peace’ as late as 1930 in the title of a book published in India by Ishtiaq Husain Qureshi…”9
In Orlando, opinion gatekeepers have tried to refocus the shooting as a “gun issue,” yet ironically, the shooter was an “authorized” gun owner and the shooting occurred in a “safe gun-free zone.”
An incomprehensible attempt to control thought has been by “the U.S. Department of Justice considering whether people should be prosecuted for the offense of climate change denial. ‘This matter has been discussed. We have received information about it and have referred it to the FBI to consider whether or not it meets the criteria for which we could take action on,’ said Attorney General Loretta Lynch, responding to a question from green activist Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse at a Senate Judiciary Hearing.”10 Following this effort to criminalize thought,
“[A] coalition of 17 attorneys general representing 15 states as well as the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands. … announced at a press conference on March 29 that they will be targeting any companies that challenge the ‘accepted’ wisdom of catastrophic climate change.
Author Hans von Spakovsky then pointed out,
“This push by government officials to investigate and prosecute climate change ‘deniers’ is not only an abuse of their authority — it’s a fundamental violation of the First Amendment. And it should terrify scientists, researchers, engineers and anyone else who engage in the vigorous debate over scientific issues that is the hallmark of an advanced technological society. …”11
“Calling man-caused climate change an unproven scientific theory is giving it too much credit. A scientific theory is an explanation for a phenomena or an occurrence in the natural world that has been substantiated and repeatedly confirmed through experimentation and observation. The claim that the global climate is slowly warming has not been proved – and neither has the claim that man is causing it even if it is happening.”12
Congressman Lamar Smith of Texas observed that NOAA’s climate change report left out satellite measures of earth temperatures. “Atmospheric satellite data, considered by many to be the most objective, has clearly shown no warming for the past two decades.”13
Yet, the push for thought control on the issue of climate change continues:
“Oregon-based professor of ‘sociology and environmental studies’ Kari Norgaard has declared climate skepticism a mental illness.”14
Then to add to the gravity of that charge,
“[T]he Portland Public Schools board voted to eliminate the use of any textbooks or other materials that are ‘found to express doubt about the severity of the climate crisis or its root in human activities.’” 15
Recently, Americans began hearing about Safe Space. Safe Space cropped up on college campuses where generally progressive students demanded actual physical blocks of space on campus where they would not be threatened with opposing viewpoints. This was made famous when professor Melissa Click from University of Missouri’s main campus called for “muscle” to protect against a student taking pictures of a protest on the university’s common grounds in the fall of 2015.
Today, Safe Space refers to anyplace where those in control of the property do not want open discussion that might offend someone. This is occurring in schools, churches, and political events and has even reached into family’s gatherings when one member becomes offended with another’s viewpoints.
PURVEYORS OF HATE
Whereas, America honed its constitutional form of government with spirited debates from taverns to town squares, today debating differences of opinion is not only taboo, but is considered “hate speech.”
Masters of turning “honest citizens and organizations try[ing] to stand up for this country” into haters, the Southern Poverty Law Center used “hate” as a fundraiser and “raked in $54.4 million dollars in FY 2014.”16 Harper’s Magazine called SPLC founder Morris Dee’s fundraising “flagrantly misleading.”17 The SPLC’s Hate Watch List includes the Center for Security Policy, which is a widely respected organization in defense circles. What does SPLC consider hate? Is it warning about the Muslim Brotherhood and documenting Sharia and Muslim terrorists? The truth is that the Koran 60:4 says in part, “ ‘we disown you and the idols which you worship besides Allah. We renounce you: enmity and hate shall reign between us until you believe in Allah alone’.”18 (Emphasis added.)
BOULDER THREE: CRIME AND DISEASE
Known as the “Ferguson effect” some cities are tying a spike in the murder rate to Ferguson’s chilling effect on police. St. Louis Chief of Police, Sam Dodson, noted that this occurred after police in Ferguson, Missouri, were raked through the media for killing a black teen with a troublesome past, which included robbing a convenience store and attacking the white policeman that shot him. In the media, the teen was portrayed as the victim and the policeman as the oppressor. Chief Dodson noted that this inhibits police officers from taking quick and immediate action, resulting in further violence and murder.
Over 100 police forces in America have been taken over by the policies of the U.S. Department of Justice with mandates for sensitivity training that promote political agendas and for nationalizing the police. Taxes must be raised to pay for the increased bureaucracy, police become social workers, and the cherished value of locally-controlled and accountable police disappears.
MUSLIM IMMIGRANTS AND CRIME
Connecting crime, terrorism and immigration, Gary Bauer points out:
“So here are some facts from an analysis conducted by the Senate Judiciary’s Subcommittee on Immigration: Between September 11, 2001 and December 31, 2014, 580 individuals were convicted in the United States on terrorism charges.
- Of those 580 people, 380 (66%) were foreign
- Of those 380, 33 were here illegally on expired visas.
- And of those 380 foreign born terrorists, 24 were allowed into the United States as refugees.
“In addition, the committee identified ‘at least 131 additional individuals who have been implicated in terrorism [not convicted or still awaiting trial] since early 2014. At least 54 of these individuals are foreign-born and 16 of them were initially admitted to the United States as refugees.’”19
Congressman Brian Babin of Texas told the Free Beacon that information is being suppressed “about the release of some 86,000 criminal illegal immigrants who have committed 231,000 crimes in just the past two years and a half years.”20 “In April, ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] revealed that it released an additional 19,723 criminal aliens – who had a total of 64,197 convictions among them including 101 homicide convictions, 216 kidnapping convictions, 320 sexual assault convictions, 1728 assault convictions, and 12,307 driving while intoxicated convictions – from custody in FY 2015.”21
On May 19, 2016, in testimony before the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, Mark Krikorian, Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies showed charts and graphs on the “Declining Deportations and Increasing Criminal Alien Releases … [that documented how the] removal of criminals has declined by more than half from about 250,000 in 2010 and 2011 to about 63,000 last year…”22 The establishment of sanctuary cities, where criminal illegals are not turned over to the federal government to be deported, has magnified the risks of being a victim of these criminals.
In recent incidents in both Europe and the U.S., Muslim immigrants have been identified as rapists. In addition, Germany and a number of other countries (from Tahrir Square to Malmo to Rotherham) that have recent Middle Eastern male immigrants encountered numerous group rapes and sexual attacks by these male immigrants on New Year’s Eve 2015. “The savage exploitation of girls and young women is, unfortunately, a cross-cultural phenomenon, but only in Islamic law does it carry divine sanction.” … Qur’an 4:3.4:24, 33:50.23
The recent unfolding story of the sexual attack of a young 5-year old girl in Twin Falls, Idaho, by three recently- immigrated boys (two Syrian and one Iranian) has brought this phenomenon to the U.S.
“TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) – KMVT has confirmed that a reported sexual assault that possibly occurred near the Fawnbrook Apartments is being investigated by the Twin Falls Police Department. The incident allegedly occurred on June 2. … (A neighbor reported that) ‘the little girl was at the FAWNBROOK apartment buildings where both her parents and grandmother reside. She was playing in between those two apartment units when three boys (from two Syrian refugee families, ages 8, 10, 13) pulled a knife on her, held it to her throat, forced her into the laundry unit, stripped her naked, raped, and urinated on her. The 13-year-old ‘coached’ the younger boys as he videoed. Due to age restraint the boys could not ejaculate but did urinate on her’.”24
In 2010, the U.S. National Institute of Heath released a 43-page summary of a workshop titled “Institute of Medicine (U.S.) Forum on Microbial Threats. Infectious Disease Movement in a Borderless World.” It is a fascinating read of the history of populations migrating through the centuries. What stands out is the comprehensive history of migration-associated disease and disease policies. “The relationships between migration and introduced diseases of epidemic proportions are a recurrent story in human history. Epidemic events and other scourges of mankind have always traveled along lines of human population mobility.” (page 9) Bottom line? Nations have always worried about the spread of disease from migrants coming to their nation. Until the airplane replaced the ships, Ellis Island in New York was where huge populations of migrants had to be screened and declared physically well and fit to enter the U.S. – or they faced being quarantined or returned to their homeland.
Today a very different system exists – immigrants enter through New York’s JFK airport or through over 100 other international-designated airports. Health assessments are mostly completed on paper, since prior to entering the U.S., the migrants are supposed to have been cleared by their nation of origin. Speed of travel today has also complicated the process in view of the fact that often diseases do not show up until after a person has successfully entered another country.
One of the most remarkable accomplishments of America has been the near eradication of measles, tuberculosis, whooping cough, mumps, scarlet fever, and bubonic plague with polio being declared eradicated in the United States in 1979. However, “countries that have never been free of the [polio] disease are said to have endemic polio, and three remain: Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria. … In northwest Pakistan, the Taliban have imposed a ban on polio vaccinations, which could affect about 280,000 children who live in tribal areas in the region, according to the World Health Organization. The local Taliban militants prohibited the vaccines to protest American drone strikes in the area…”25
Yet, with the number of foreign-born residents increasing by 31 million (11 million in 1986 to 42 million in 2015) (3 million being refugees and 11 million illegal immigrants), health professionals are concerned.
- Tuberculosis has increased after steadily declining for 23 years, with 66 percent of those in the foreign-born category. A percentage of these cases involve drug resistant tuberculosis.
- Although in the U.S., measles has been documented as having been eliminated in 2000, by 2015 189 cases were reported by the CDC, including one death in the state of Washington.
- In 2016, “The first reported case of a person with measles in the recent Memphis outbreak, which now numbers seven confirmed cases, was at a local mosque on April 15, according the Shelby County Health Department.”26
- In 2014, 7,000 cases of measles swept through Syria.
- Whooping cough grew from 1,010 cases in 1976 to 32,971 in 2014. Since 1967 when the mumps vaccine was introduced, cases in the U.S. have dropped by 99%. Yet in 2015, there were 688 cases reported.
- This last year, bubonic plague infected 16 people with four deaths.
- The strangest disease is a flesh-eating disease that is spreading across the Middle East and North Africa. On November 14, 2014, the scientific journal, Public Library of Science (PLOS) looked at the impact of war on infectious diseases.
“Regarding the flesh-eating disease, leishmaniasis, PLOS warned in its latest report, ‘We may be witnessing an epidemic of historic and unprecedented proportions, but it has largely been hidden due to lack of specific information. The PLOS journal reported leishmaniasis is now affecting hundreds of thousands of refugees and has spread to Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, Libya and Yemen. In Yemen alone, 10,000 new cases have been reported annually, the journal reported.”27
When refugees enter the U.S., the physical exam they must undergo does not look for leishmaniasis, nor are they required to have the MMR vaccine that prevents measles and mumps. According to a “UC San Diego study, a large number of recently resettled refugees are carrying non-communicable ‘latent’ TB that often gradually turns into communicable TB.”28
Tragically, some nations do little or no pre-screening of those leaving their country.
BOULDER FOUR: NATIONHOOD, IMMIGRATION AND JIHADISTS
One of the biggest threats to national sovereignty or nationhood, as it is now being called after Great Britain exited the European Common Market, is a large influx of Sharia compliant immigrants who are unwilling to assimilate and who are intent on establishing Islamic enclaves and then pressuring the host countries to concede to the enclaves right to govern themselves according to Sharia. In the U.S., this influx disregards the United States Constitution and the worldview behind the Constitution: the Declaration of Independence. Sharia runs counter to the historic Judeo-Christian worldview as reflected in each of the 50 state constitutions that acknowledge God.
The Preamble to the Missouri State Constitution is:
“We, the people of Missouri, with profound reverence for the Supreme Ruler of the Universe, and grateful for His goodness … establish this Constitution…”
Virginia’s 1776, Bill of Rights, XVI includes these words:
“… Religion, or the Duty which we owe our Creator can be directed only by Reason … and that it is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian Forbearance, Love and Charity towards each other.” (Emphasis added.)
America’s values – life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness as well as love, compassion and charity for others – are well known and have pulled others to us from throughout the world and history. This stands in opposition to the values prominent in Sharia, where life is ended with beheadings, crucifixions, stonings, and being thrown off a building for such things as leaving or speaking against Islam, being raped, women appearing uncovered in public, and being a homosexual. Bringing Sharia to the U.S. and replacing liberty and freedom with its mandates ultimately means that Sharia would become dominant and the freedoms of the Constitution would disappear. America’s first amendment has welcomed all religions; Sharia kills or subjugates all those not pledged to Islam.
Lack of assimilation is also a concern for the spreading of infectious diseases. In the early years of migration to America, the migrants usually did not return to their native land, either because of the economics or the difficulty of the journey. “While social and cultural differences present on arrival reflected the migrants’ origin, it was often assumed or anticipated that the new arrivals would integrate into their new home …”29 Today that is very different. Ease and frequency of movement between Third World countries now exacerbates the probability of spread of infectious diseases. “Individually assessing the health status of international arrivals without significantly compromising transportation, given the volumes and scope of modern international travel, are functionally and logistically huge challenges.”30 There are just too many people flying to monitor them all.
BOULDER FIVE: NATIONAL SURVIVAL
Most Americans by now are aware of the drastic cuts in the strength of our military, both in supplies and manpower. Recently, Bret Baier did a special on FOX News regarding the military which showed some airplanes being robbed of parts to keep other planes flying. The situation is being equated to 1940 America when we had essentially disarmed. Whereas, the national defense policy was to be able to fight war on two fronts, that is virtually impossible today with antiquated materials, spotty training due to equipment failures, and not enough men and women in the services. Additionally, with the social engineering of forcing gender equality on all the services, morale is low and training standards have been lowered. Allowing transgenders to serve along with the ban on Christian discussion has led to seasoned service members leaving.
The most pressing concern for former CIA Director James Woolsey and nuclear weapons specialist Peter Pry is underestimating the nuclear missile threats from North Korea and Iran. In a February National Review online article, they document North Korea’s nuclear-missile threats listing weapon systems already functioning, noting that Iran has been working on nuclear weapons for over 13 years and that “at a time of its choosing, Iran could launch a surprise EMP attack against the United States by satellite, as they have apparently practiced with the help from North Korea.” They “warned years ago that the North Korea’s Unha-3 space launch vehicle could carry a small nuclear warhead and detonate it a hundred miles or so over the United States to create an EMP leading to a protracted nationwide blackout. The resulting societal chaos could kill millions.”31 (Emphasis added.)
BOULDER SIX: REMOVING THE CHRISTIAN MORAL CODE
DENIAL OF THE ETERNAL
Former President Herbert Hoover wrote, “The world is in the grip of a death struggle between the philosophy of Christ and that of Hegel and Marx.”32
Michael Walsh’s introduction to his book, The Devil’s Pleasure Palace, The Cult of Critical Theory and the Subversion of the West, describes how a Christian America became a hedonistic, narcissistic pagan country.
“For Satan, as for Marx, religion was an impediment to the grand design of transforming humanity from a collection of free-willed, autonomous individuals into a mass of self- corralling slaves who mistake security for liberty and try to keep the cognitive dissonance to a minimum in order to function.”33
Tracing the Frankfort School, Marx, Hegel, Gramsci, and others who targeted America and used the cultural tools of literature and music, Walsh opened eyes to the war against Christ, and in particular, the Christian church in America. A look at the statistics of out-of-wedlock births, abortion, pornography, gambling, divorce, and crime reflects the decline of Christian influence in the culture. Starting with the Johnson amendment that unconstitutionally told churches to stay out of politics, churches have rolled over, silenced speech about political issues and candidates, and are claiming their own Safe Spaces of not offending anyone who might walk in their doors.
Tragically, this often includes not emphasizing biblical instructions necessary to understand these very same public policy issues as well as all of life. According to George Barna and other pollsters, often less than 10 percent of those who call themselves Christians are biblically literate. This is in contrast to an America at the time of its founding, when most people knew and understood the Bible, convened schools for teaching it, and as reflected in the massive written works of George Washington, wove biblical verses and understandings into their writings.34
Because of space considerations, a continuation of this article will be published in the Fall 2016 edition of FRONT LINE. We will discuss additional boulders (threats) such as:
- BASICS OF LIFE: Water, Energy, Housing, and Food
- ECONOMY: Out-of-control Federal Spending, Obamacare, Dodd-Frank, Price of Refugee Resettlement
- BAD EDUCATION: Seductive Sexual Education, Dangerous Assessments
- OUR PLEASURE PALACES: America’s Worldview (now
- and then); Spiritual Leadership
BEYOND THE BOULDERS
Although there are many, we will address two aspects of how to stay and remain safe. The first will touch on changes in public policy needed to confront the boulders covered in Section One. The second will be individual responses that with care and thought will give you and your family the tools and hope for the future.
ASSIMILATING MIDDLE EASTERN SHARIA COMPLIANT IMMIGRANTS
“As Andrew McCarthy has explained, ‘jihadism thrives when it has a support system of Sharia-adherent Muslims. In Europe this means – as it would mean here – enclaves of assimilation-resistant Muslims … It is patently obvious that our security challenge is not just jihadists; it is the combination of jihadists and their support network of assimilation-resistant Muslims. Indeed, even if we could vet for all the currently active jihadists, it is from the assimilation- resistance Islamic communities that future homegrown jihadists will emerge – and that is apart from the material and moral support jihadists get from like- minded Islamists in these communities’.”35
Americans themselves must understand who, what and why they are a free nation of faith and opportunity. Ramping up the understanding of the foundations of freedom in the general population of the United States, as well as developing a vigorous program to teach these foundations in schools from grade school through the universities is a start.
Once Americans understand the fragility of freedom and the need for their engagement in keeping it, the next step is to carry the positive stories of freedom to all those who are immigrants. The progressives have targeted these immigrants with how to learn the wiles and ways of becoming dependent upon the welfare systems of state and federal programs. The St. Louis Post Dispatch carried a front-page story on June 19, 2016, describing all that is involved in bringing a Syrian family with five children to St. Louis. The federal plantation for foreigners is well and alive. As traditional, freedom-minded Americans, we need to step up and teach these immigrants how to become free Americas. Coming from countries where a person can lose their life if they talk about how to become a Christian means this may be the first chance these families will hear biblical truths. The spiritual teachings undergirding the founding of America need to be told. We need to proclaim the miracles of George Washington as he fought the British, make known the proclamations of presidents for appeal to the Judeo-Christian heaven in times of peril, and declare the real reasons for the First Amendment to the Constitution.
Until we as a nation are successful in assimilating those currently here, we must cease immigration from Muslim war zones. We must encourage those that are here to embrace American values. We must also commit to recognizing who and what the enemy is and have a proper vetting process in place, including surveillance of mosque and other centers of jihadist recruiting by local police and the FBI. “Former FBI counter- terrorism Special Agent John Guandolo argued in December of 2015 that the ‘vast majority’ of the 2,200 Islamic organization, centers, and mosques in the United States are part of a broader ‘jihadi network’ intent on imposing Sharia Law in America.”36
Author Ralph Sidway coined the phrase “sandboxing” which he defines as “isolating malicious jihadi forces ‘in such a way that whatever they do, they will not spread havoc elsewhere’. What would “sandboxing” look like when it comes to Muslims in America? In practice, it could include the following policies:
- A moratorium — a complete freeze — on Muslim immigration. Senator and presidential candidate Rand Paul expressed a similar policy concept following the Chattanooga jihad murders of five U.S. servicemen, proposing a halt to immigration from Muslim countries with known jihad activity. Going one step further, Franklin Graham wrote at the same time “We should stop all immigration of Muslims to the U.S. until this threat with Islam has been settled.”
- All mosques must be classified and treated as ‘agents of foreign power,’ in accordance with the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), a U.S. law (22 U.S.C. § 611et seq.) passed in 1938.37
FARA can be used on the basis that many of the U.S. mosques are foreign-funded and are preaching and teaching Sharia.
Canadian Tarek Fatah, columnist at the Toronto Sun says Islam is “a doctrine of hatred toward the West and what is stands for, including LGBTQ rights. … It is a supremacist death cult that has the end times as its ultimate goal.”38 Each of us should at the least study the history of Islam, read the Koran and the Hadith and be familiar with the Muslim Brotherhood here in the U.S.39
And, we must restore U.S. military power.
PREVENTING THE SPREAD OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES
With attention on the Zika virus being spread by mosquitoes, the Brazilian Olympics and the increase in drug resistant tuberculosis, new policies have to be considered. Besides monitoring regular travelers, of paramount concern is the illegal immigration that has no medical evaluations and where third- world conditions often mean disease. Parasites, mosquito-borne illnesses including malaria, West Nile virus, elephantiasis, dengue fever, and yellow fever have not been common in America, but are now occurring.
The National Institute of Health’s recommendations include a vigorous new approach requiring focusing on “medical examinations of foreign nationals … to include more flexible, risk-based approaches based on epidemiological and other factors.”40 That means flagging those who could be carrying diseases. Disappearing borders require that better healthcare be established globally, and that there is established a better coordination among all nations and even a recommitment to enhancing the U.S. borders.
FALSE NARRATIVES: GLOBAL WARMING, SAFE SPACES, AND TRUTH
Much of the unscrupulousness in the propaganda of global warming, Safe Spaces and truth is centered in the schools and media. These are all local institutions where citizens can push back. However, individuals alone will not succeed – push back needs to come from community groups initiated by those educated in America’s founding documents and confident in a Judeo-Christian worldview. As President Reagan noted, freedom is not inherited – it is passed on by one generation to another.
Citizens interested in truth must MAKE the time to not only educate themselves, but their neighbors and friends. Then form monthly group meetings to discuss local issues in light of the rule of law and a civil society.
The federal government has recommended to all Americans: Be prepared for disasters. Whether it is a hurricane, tornado, flood, terror attack or an EMP, there are basics that everyone can start with. Many communities conduct CERT (Community Emergency Response Teams) classes to teach and involve their citizens should disaster strike their community. Check with your local city hall.
Preparation for disasters can start with a little homework and several family meetings. Hundreds of self-help books are available on the Internet or at your local library. Get several and start planning by creating your own food and water supply, clothing and housing, and evacuation plans, if needed. Kathy Harrison’s Just In Case, How to be Self-Sufficient When the Unexpected Happens is a good introduction. Another, written in response to the 9/11 disaster is The Unthinkable, Who Survives When Disaster Strikes – and Why by Amanda Ripley. This is more creative, from teaching you how to avoid a terrorist in your neighborhood to the mental state you must embrace to live through a regional/national disaster. (Available from The Constitutional Coalition.)
A number of police and state troopers are working with citizens to teach disaster basics. Maryland State Trooper Stephen Hallman teaches a course titled, The Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE), which provides strategies, guidance, and a proven plan for surviving an active shooter event. Topics include the history and prevalence of active shooter events, the role of professional guardians, civilian response options, medical issues, and drills. In January 2016, TFC Hallman explained this program at the Educational Policy Conference 27, sponsored by The Constitutional Coalition. A DVD of TFC Hallman’s address, along with the other speakers who presented at EPC 27, may be obtained through Vault Media at 314-261-4300.
An excellent resource that will inspire, inform and prepare your family, friends and neighbors is 10 Steps FOR Freedom. (Available at www.10stepsforfreedom.com.) 10 Steps is a 5-week study on the fundamentals of freedom, the founding of our nation, the basics of money and economics, entrepreneurism, the threat of radical Islam, national security, the rule of law, and the purpose of government. An Introductory DVD and five program DVDs include strategic steps that are designed to inform, engage, collaborate, and influence citizens to reclaim America. 10 Steps provides the tools needed to become engaged in your community with confidence.
In times of trouble, vibrant, relevant churches can make a great difference in the community. How do churches engaged? Individuals must take the responsibility of gathering like-minded congregants and presenting plans of action to the church leadership. This includes encouraging the churches to prepare their congregants with the life-saving Biblical knowledge, understanding and wisdom as well as to confront the churches goals. If they have become a Safe Space church, they should recognize that the greatest offense to non-Christians is the Gospel of Christ, not political expression by their faithful. Each of us must encourage strong, biblical, politically astute, and courageous leadership from our churches. When Paul was told not to preach the word, the next thing he did was do exactly that. America’s Founders who risked their lives, fortunes and sacred honor for our freedom knew the Bible backwards and forward,
and intertwined those understandings with the founding’s of freedom. Need we do less than encourage our church leadership to become the George Washingtons, James Madisons, and even Benjamin Franklins who implored the God of Heaven to intervene at a tough time in the creation of the Declaration? we get Madisons, and even Benjamin Franklins who implored the God of Heaven to intervene at a tough time in the creation of the Declaration?
The year 2016 is an election year. We need to study the above issues and then make contact with those candidates on our ballot and see where they stand. Should they be found informed and ethical, we should lend a hand to help them get elected; become their friends, and then if they are successfully elected, stay in close contact to counter the voices of special interests, big labor, big business and big government.
Many believe America is going over the cliff. It is our choice to let it happen or try and change the course. Let’s change that scenario to one where we join with likeminded people, shoot the rapids, avoiding the boulders, and work together with our fellow passengers to enter the calm pool below.
On July 23, 1813, during the War of 1812 against the British, James Madison proclaimed a National Day of Public Humiliation and Prayer:
In times of public calamity such as that of the war … it is especially becoming that the hearts of all should be … turned to that Almighty Power in whose hands are the welfare and the destiny of nations … for … He has blessed the United States with a political Constitution founded on the will and authority of the whole people and guaranteeing to each individual security, not only of his person and his property, but of those sacred rights of conscience so essential to his present happiness and so dear to his future hopes … [and] that He would pardon our manifold transgressions and awaken and strengthen in all the wholesome purposes of repentance …41
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3 Bauer, Gary L., Campaign for Working Families End of Day Report, June 20, 2016
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5 Bauer, Gary L., Ibid.
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23 Spencer, Robert, “Idaho: Muslim migrants hold knife to throat
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31 Woolsey, R. James, William R. Graham, Henry F. Cooper, Fritz Ermarth & Peter Vincent Pry, “Underestimating Nuclear Missile Threats from North Korea and Iran, National Review, February 12, 2016, http://www.nationalreview.com. Accessed 6-26-16
32 As quoted by Michael Walsh in “The Devils Pleasure Palace,” Encounter Books, New York 2015, p. 34
33 Ibid, p. 48
34 See Lillback, Dr. Peter, “George Washington’s Sacred Fire.”
35 Hahn, Julia, “CNN’s Tom Foreman Caught Lying in Trump-Refugees ‘Fact Check’,” Brietbart, June 23, 2016, http://www.breitbart.com. Accessed 6-24-16
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37 Sidway, Ralph, “ ‘Sandboxing’ Islam Revisited: How to Protect America from Jihad Terrorism,” Jihad Watch, December 9, 2015, www.jihadwatch.org. Accessed 12-10-15
38 Fatah, Tarek, “West Bowing to radical Islam,” Toronto Sun, June 21, 2016, http://www.torontosun.com.
39 Suggested sources include Jeff Myer’s Understanding the Times, Alvin Schmidt’s The Great Divide and books on Islam by Nonie Darwish, Daniel Pipes, and the Center for Strategic Studies.
40 Ibid., “Infectious Disease Movement …” http://www.ncbi.nim.gov. Accessed 6-16-16
41 Federer, Bill, American Minute, June 18, 2016.