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April 24, 2015

Battlefield America: The USA Is At War With The American People

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John W. Whitehead, Constitutional Attorney and founder of The Rutherford Institute.

“The president can now direct the military to detain, arrest and secretly execute American citizens. These are the powers of an imperial dictator, not an elected official bound by the rule of law. For the time being, Barack Obama wears the executioner’s robe, but you can rest assured that this mantle will be worn by whomever occupies the Oval Office in the future.”

About John Whitehead – John W. Whitehead is an attorney and author who has written, debated and practiced widely in the area of constitutional law and human rights. Whitehead’s concern for the persecuted and oppressed led him, in 1982, to establish The Rutherford Institute, a nonprofit civil liberties and human rights organization whose international headquarters are located in Charlottesville, Virginia. Whitehead serves as the Institute’s president and spokesperson, in addition to writing a weekly commentary that is posted on The Rutherford Institute’s website (www.rutherford.org), as well being distributed to several hundred newspapers, and hosting a national public service radio campaign. Whitehead’s aggressive, pioneering approach to civil liberties issues has earned him numerous accolades, including the Hungarian Medal of Freedom.

Whitehead has been the subject of numerous newspaper, magazine and television profiles, ranging from Gentleman’s Quarterly to CBS’ 60 Minutes. Articles by Whitehead have been printed in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post and USA Today, among others.

Battlefield America: The War on the American People, the follow-up to his award-winning book A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, constitutional attorney John W. Whitehead paints a terrifying portrait of a nation at war with itself and which is on the verge of undermining the basic freedoms guaranteed to the citizenry in the Constitution. Indeed, police have been transformed into extensions of the military, towns and cities have become battlefields, and the American people have been turned into enemy combatants, to be spied on, tracked, scanned, frisked, searched, subjected to all manner of intrusions, intimidated, invaded, raided, manhandled, censored, silenced, shot at, locked up, and denied due process.

Yet this police state did not come about overnight. As Whitehead notes, this shift into totalitarianism cannot be traced back to a single individual or event. Rather, the evolution has been so subtle that most American citizens were hardly even aware of it taking place. Yet little by little, police authority expanded, one weapon after another was added to the police arsenal, and one exception after another was made to the standards that have historically restrained police authority. Add to this mix the merger of Internet megacorporations with government intelligence agencies, and you have the making of an electronic concentration camp that not only sees the citizenry as databits but will attempt to control every aspect of their lives. And if someone dares to step out of line, they will most likely find an armed SWAT team at their door.

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April 21, 2015

Savannah S/V Midpoint Runs Aground

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Beached Sailboat Towed From 21st Street in Ocean City

Beached sailboat in Ocean City, NJ

The Midpoint out of Savannah, Ga., sits high and dry on the tide line on the beach at 21st Street in Ocean City, NJ, Tuesday morning as it waits for a tow at high tide.

A sailboat bound for Florida ran aground in Ocean City overnight and sat high and dry on the beach at 21st Street for most of Tuesday as it waited for high tide and a tow.

A TowBoat U.S. Shamrock Marine Towing crew successfully pulled the boat off the beach at about 4:35 p.m.

The “Midpoint” out of Savannah, Ga., made its unplanned stop in relatively calm seas last night.

TowBoat U.S. Capt. John C. Bodin said the boat beached twice in 12 hours. His crew towed the boat off the beach at 19th Street at midnight. The Midpoint captain reportedly was trying to fix a faulty steering cable, but an anchor equipment failure led him to drift back onto the beach.
A TowBoat U.S. crew member delivered the tow line by paddling a sailboard out from the beach to his company's tow boats.

A TowBoat U.S. crew member delivered the tow line by paddling a sailboard out from the beach to his company’s tow boats.

The two-person crew hunkered down inside the boat as they awaited the tow on Tuesday.

Neither the Ocean City Police Department nor the Ocean City Fire Department were called to respond to the incident. There was no distress call, and the State Police Marine Division had been unaware of the beaching until our call.

As the tide approached high late Tuesday afternoon a TowBoat U.S. crew member paddled a sailboard out to one of his company’s boats and returned with a line to attach to the stranded sailboat.

The tow boat was quickly able to spin the sailboat, but it pulled lightly for more than an hour before the rising tide and waves floated the craft.

The Midpoint reportedly is headed for Seaview Harbor to dry out and make repairs before continuing its journey.
Beached sailboat in Ocean City, NJ

A faulty steering cable reportedly caused the Midpoint to run aground in relatively calm seas overnight Monday into Tuesday.

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April 02, 2015

Could This Pastor's Strategy Shut Down Attacks on Christian Businesses?

Last week, Arlene's Flowers in Washington was fined $1,000 for declining a request to provide floral arrangements for the religious wedding service of gay men that she had served secularly for years. Citing her Christian convictions against participating in pagan rituals, grandma Barronelle Stutzman failed to prevail in her religious freedom case.

Faithful American Christians are increasingly under attack across the country by the gay lobby. Religious freedom is being radically and swiftly eroded. Remember the Houston 5, whose sermons and emails were subpoenaed as a repercussion of their opposition to the radical gay lobby in Houston, Texas.

It is a mark of national shame that the Religious Freedom Bill in Indiana—a Bill that mirrors President Clinton's Federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act—is being exploited by the gay lobby during Holy Week. The country has been forced into a national conversation on deviant sexuality during the holiest time of year for Christians.

"Even radicalized jihadis have put war on hold during Ramadan," said Rev. CJ Conner, Author of Jesus and the Culture Wars: Reclaiming the Lord's Prayer.

"I'm encouraging Christian pastors, churches, florists, bakers and boutique merchants to join together in concrete and deliberate steps to take a stand and protect the principle of American Christian Liberty," said Conner.

Here's how:

Florists, Bakers, and Other Wedding-Related Businesses

Christian merchants who serve weddings can protect their religious liberty by only offering their services to Christian Churches in exclusive, binding contracts. Merchants can continue to provide all other services as usual, but protect the free practice of their faith by contracting exclusively and specifically with Bible believing congregations to provide wedding services for their members.

Merchants would not be limited to only one faith community, but would be free from offering wedding services to the general public.

Faithful Christian Congregations

Congregations who rent space out for wedding related events or services as an outreach ministry should modify their organizational by-laws so that their facilities are only available for use to confirmed members of the congregation. This is a good general rule of thumb for every congregation. As the gay lobby expands its agenda to target Christians and houses of worship directly, congregations that rent their space to any couple are at risk for costly legal action if they do not also rent to gay couples.

Congregations should also begin to identify Christian florists, bakers, caterers and wedding boutiques that share their values and enter into exclusive, binding contracts for the service of Christian weddings. This will help ensure the success of Christian-owned businesses while also protecting the religious liberty of Christian wedding merchants and congregations.

"The burgeoning agenda of the gay lobby will soon turn to other targets on the horizon, including the 'fair use' of sacred worship spaces. In fact, the Alliance Defending Freedom/Faith has warned that the next battle-front for Christian liberty could well be where churches charter Boy Scout Troops. Congregations that allow the Boy Scouts to use their facilities either for rent or for free are at risk of legal liability should they refuse to perform a gay marriage on the basis of religious liberty. The Boy Scouts have embraced the gay lobby and their agenda."

"It is telling that during this penitential season the nation has been embroiled in a discussion over sin. I urge Christians to pray for the leaders of the gay lobby, that the Resurrected Lord may lead them out of their darkness and into His light, that they might repent, and God might forgive them for their persecution of Christians," said Rev. Conner.

"For faithful Christians, we are called to the same long-suffering as our Lord Jesus who gave His all for us on the cross on Good Friday. To the extent that we can peacefully side-step and not engage the gay lobby at all, we will be free for gospel mission—to be a holy blessing to our communities and the world."

By Rev. CJ Conner, Author of Jesus and the Culture Wars: Reclaiming the Lord's Prayer.

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