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Chapter Fourteen

As mentioned, I’m spending some time reviewing  It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America by Georgia Congressman Jody Hice. Go back to the initial post to get my overview of the book and the lowdown on the front matter. I’m reviewing the book a chapter at a time. These reviews involve taking quotations from the book and providing appropriate comment. This is Chapter Foourteen, titled “Combating a Secular Worldview.” Here’s how it starts:

America is standing at a cultural crossroad and the path she chooses will impact millions of people for generations to come. In fact, the entire world will be unavoidably altered by the choice America makes. Her decision will be finalized in the very near future. This is no small matter; the greatness of our heritage is literally hanging by a thread. At the heart of the decision is a determination of “who are we?” and “where are we going?”

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 213). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

What, then, is the chapter going to be about? It’s going to be about an assault on American values, supposedly by the secular left. Congressman Hice gives the example of Senator Lautenberg:

Senator Lautenberg, a strong supporter of the abortion industry proclaimed, “Planned Parenthood is under attack by Tea Party Republicans who have put their extremist ideology above women’s health.” He continued by saying, “These people [referring to the pro-life supporters] don’t deserve the freedoms in the Constitution.”

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 214). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

This would have been a great opportunity for the congressman to pounce and score big. He whiffed it.

His words are far beyond being ‘inappropriate.’ Such comments are anti-American and outright, treasonous.

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 214). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

Calling the senator’s talk treasonous speaks to a deep misunderstanding of American law. Hopefully the congressman was only being his hyperbolic self.

He asks “Is secularism neutral?” Hopefully he will answer the question:

Why have there been so many court decisions kicking God out of the public square in recent decades? Prayer is no longer permitted in schools, football games or City Council meetings, especially if the name ‘Jesus’ is invoked. Pastors are not allowed to engage in political issues from the pulpit without fear of losing the church’s tax-exempt status. Moral issues are equated as being ‘religious’ and therefore virtually banned from public discussions. Christian businesses are often sued for operating in accordance with their convictions. The legal attitude has shifted from benevolent neutrality to aggressive ‘cleansing’ and protecting the public from religion. Why? The simple answer is because we have been brainwashed into thinking that only secularism is culturally neutral and therefore, it is safe for everyone.

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 215). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

A lot of what the congressman is laying on secularism (prohibition of prayer in schools) is better known as civil order. People are now obeying the law. Also, business can’t operate in accordance with religious convictions? Translation: “People can’t use religious conviction to excuse operating their businesses in violation of the law.”

Since this does not involve secularism, we still need to answer whether secularism is culturally neutral. The answer is secularism is not culturally neutral. Secularism is inherently pragmatic. In a truly secular society decisions will be based on fact rather on the current color of angels. Is further explanation needed?

Congressman Hice continues to hammer the matter of secular neutrality, and since I have already surrendered that point I’m not going to recap a load of it here. Three of his points are worth noting:

We have gone from being strongly Christian to heavily leaning upon secular ideology, which eventually leads to socialism or worse.

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 217). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

When people stop believing in God they will begin believing in most anything.

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 217). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

This is why secularism cannot be neutral; it is a system that replaces God with man.

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 217). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

These three expose serious issues with Congressman Hice’s mental process:

  • A secular ideology leads to socialism? It’s a point the congressman will need to labor at to make.
  • If people quit believing in God they will believe almost anything? This is one of those Really moments. Not believing in God will translate into believing odd things, for example a teapot orbiting the planet Xerxes. Again the congressman is going to need to explain this.
  • Secularism replaces God with man. The congressman doesn’t notice this is a big plus for secularism.

Many choice statements by Congressman Hice enlighten the remainder of this chapter, but I’m going to shut it down with a remarkable quote:

“Liberty” as used in the Constitution, must be defined from the perspective of God’s law, from the perspective of a biblical worldview. That is precisely what the Founders did. They never foresaw the Constitution granting people the right to do what God forbade.[266]

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 220). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

He’s quoting activist Ken Fletcher discussing“Libertarianism and Christianity” on the Jody Hice Radio Show. These words originally belonged to Ken Fletcher, but the congressman has quoted them, and now he owns them. To thinking people the idea that the Constitution should conform to the thoughts of an imaginary person is repulsive. It should be for all Americans.

Coming up next is Jody Hice’s remarkably short Chapter Fifteen. I have already printed the entire chapter in the first of this series. I will use Chapter Fifteen to recap the book.

Keep reading. And may Jesus have mercy on your soul.

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Chapter Thirteen

As mentioned, I’m spending some time reviewing  It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America by Georgia Congressman Jody Hice. Go back to the initial post to get my overview of the book and comments on the front matter. I’m reviewing the book a chapter at a time. These reviews involve taking quotations from the book and providing appropriate comments. This is Chapter Thirteen, titled “State Sovereignty: The Fed’s Greatest Fear.” Let’s get started:

How can the federal government be kept under control? It has grown into a political monster with the diplomacy and concern of a tornado. Where once America planted a refreshing breeze of liberty; now robbers of liberty have created a vicious storm! With reckless abandonment the government continues growing, spending, taxing and taking more control of every facet of our lives. Can it be subdued? Many think not.

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 202). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

The congressman quotes Steve Palmer:

The Ninth Amendment proclaims, “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.” (Emphasis added). As we have already seen, a similar expression is used in the Tenth Amendment declaring that powers not granted to the federal government and not resting with the states, are “retained by the people.” (Emphasis added). Palmer provides clear explanation regarding “the people” in these Amendments. The term actually imparts upon America citizens, the constitutional right of civil disobedience if laws or government, either state or federal, becomes too intrusive or unjust.[250]

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 204). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

The congressman relates how tension between the northern and southern states drew out the issue of states rights:

Unfortunately, the Civil War drastically altered the constitutional view of state rights. Although the technical reasons for the War are still being debated, there is no doubt that tensions between the North and South started shortly after the Revolution. Among other issues, there were disputes regarding unfair taxes the South was forced to pay for goods that were being brought from foreign countries. And of course, there was the horrendous debate over slavery, which was considered the nucleus of Southern economy. If slavery were abolished, the entire financial system of the South would potentially collapse. As problems and ideologies continued to surface, it soon became evident that a shift was occurring between federal and state powers. The South finally decided that they must resist centralized federal authority and fight on behalf of state rights.[253]

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (pp. 204-205). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

Yes, the North threatened the abolition of slavery, obviously a violation of states rights.

Congressman Hice illustrates with the case involving Arizona Sheriff Richard Mack and the newly-enacted Brady Bill:

Out of approximately 3,100 sheriffs in American, only seven had the nerve to take a stand, and Sheriff Mack was leading the pack.

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 206). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

Ironically the congressman brings up a point that was the focus of states rights 50 years ago:

Corruption abounds within every department, injustice is common in courtrooms, and morality and ethics are a bygone memory.

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 209). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

In some states black people were being denied the right to vote. These rights were being denied by the state governments. My take at the time, and a view I still hold, is some states made themselves into extended fiefdoms and ran amuck with people’s civil liberties. When citizens protested the government responded with dogs and fire hoses. When black children attempted to attend a public school intended for whites only, the governor of the state blocked the door. When civil rights activists worked to register black voters they were murdered. The local constabulary was involved in the murders. If there has been a problem with states losing authority within their boundaries, they have themselves to blame.

Jody Hice wants people to get involved in politics at the local level. It’s important they do this to ensure protection of states rights. He provides a chilling example, which will conclude my discussion of this chapter:

Take New York for example. With just a little more effort, four representatives likely would not have voted in favor of same-sex marriage. Because they did, the entire nation now will suffer the consequences.

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 212). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

Imagine that. The entire nation is going to suffer the consequences of same-sex marriage because four representatives voted the wrong way. Same-sex marriage has had legal approval for several months, and I thinking I’m beginning to notice the effects. God is sending us a message. Or maybe it’s just the noise of a truck going by on the highway a few feet from where I’m writing this.

Coming up next: Chapter Fourteen, “Combating a Secular Worldview.” It’s going to be interesting.

Keep reading. And may Jesus have mercy on your soul.

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Chapter Twelve

As mentioned, I’m spending some time reviewing  It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America by Georgia Congressman Jody Hice. Go back to the initial post to get my overview of the book and the lowdown on the front matter. I’m reviewing the book a chapter at a time. These reviews involve taking quotations from the book and providing appropriate comment. This is Chapter Twelve, titled “Getting Pastors And Church Leaders Involved. ” Here’s how it starts:

One of the most frequently asked questions that I receive when speaking at an event is, “What is it going to take for pastors to get involved in reclaiming our country?”

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 189). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

This is good. Getting a bunch of people involved in politics who make it their life’s work to spout superstitious nonsense. Wait! That describes politicians. Never mind.

Congressman Hice leans on world-renowned scholar of American history David Barton:

Probably no one has brought to life the importance that these Christian leaders had in our nation’s founding like historian David Barton and his organization, Wall Builders.[230]

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 190). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

When he goes to the well, Jody Hice goes to the deepest. With respect to fact-averse polemic, there is none deeper than Texas’ own David Barton:

Classical (some would say too classical to be taken seriously) is our own David Barton:

Sad to say, there are consequences to poor scholarship. Barton’s publisher has withdrawn  his book The Jefferson Lies: Exposing the Myths You’ve Always Believed About Thomas Jefferson from the market. And that’s too bad, because I was planning on picking up a copy for myself. Donations accepted. It’s not that sales of the book were weak, it was a New York Times Best Seller in 2012. The publisher decided it was just too wrong.

Am I allowed to quit reviewing this chapter now?

Unfortunately I can’t quit. I have to give you more. Congressman Hice recounts how American clergymen were in the forefront of agitation for the American Revolution. He also mentions American clergy on the leading edge of the civil rights movement of the 20th century. They are to be praised. Congressman Hice thinks there should be more of that. Today’s clergy need to get more involved. He neglects some aspects of this involvement:

  • Defense of Jim Crow laws in the South
  • Promotion of this century’s movement toward marriage equality

I’m thinking Congressman Hice would like clergy involved, but mainly clergy in the manner of David Barton. And himself.

If today’s clergy are to weigh in on the modern conflict, then who is the enemy?

These days, another Revolution is being fought in America. The British are not the adversaries this time. The ‘Red Coats’ of the existing battle are comprised of an enemy from within. Today, the opponent is attempting to eradicate the liberties that were gained in the first American Revolution and replace them with secularism and civil bondage.

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 192). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

“Secularism and civil bondage?” What a combination! I think I know what secularism is—I’m not too sure about civil bondage. I am going to assume civil bondage involves denial of basic rights. Secularism is, of course, the absence of religion. Not the absence of God, but the absence of any religious affiliation, God or no God. And that’s the enemy of the people? Would that the people slept so well in their beds.

Congressman Hice makes a number of interesting comments:

Freedom of religious expression is essential to all other national freedoms, and certainly at the ‘core’ of religious expression are the pulpits of America.

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 193). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

If the congressman will allow me to translate that, “Freedom to act like a fool in public is essential to all other national freedoms.” In this matter Congressman Hice and I are in complete agreement. If you are not allowed to act the fool, the remainder of your rights stand in peril.

Today it seems like the ACLU and their allies have successfully twisted our understanding of the First Amendment and unfortunately many pastors and Christians have believed the lies, sitting silently on the sidelines while enormous harm has been inflicted to our society. In 1962 prayer was outlawed in U.S. schools; in 1963 the Bible was outlawed; in 1987 the ‘Creator’ was outlawed in science classes; in 1991 the name of God was outlawed from graduation ceremonies; and in 2002 the phrase “under God” was outlawed from the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools.[237]

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 193). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

This needs some clarification:

  • It’s not the ACLU and their allies. It’s the people objecting to misuse of public funds and misuse of the power of the law. Judges are interpreting existing law in a manner that protects individuals, much as Congressman Hice so often praised.
  • Prayer was not outlawed in schools. Prayer has always remained legal. Using public funds and government authority to coerce prayer has been outlawed. Again a triumph for protection of the individual, which the congressman so much celebrates.
  • The Bible has been removed to the extent it was previously employed in the actions mentioned above. Whenever the Bible is used in public schools the setting needs to be religion-neutral. Pastor Hice’s personal religion is not to be given favor over all others.
  • The “Creator,” a mythical figure in the first place, never did have a place in the study of nature. Including a creator had the sole purpose of proselytizing for religion. It was a clear violation of existing law.
  • Regarding graduation speeches, schools are no longer allowed to use public funds and public facilities to proselytize to a captive audience.
  • “Under God” was added to the pledge in 1954 for purely political reasons. It has since taken on the odor of using a public institution to proselytize. Subsequent court decisions have allowed this section of text to remain. Nobody is required by law to recite it, even when expressing their allegiance to our flag and to our country. Something to remember is that excess of 400,000 American troops gave their lives in the struggle to eradicate military oppression during World War Two. All of them pledged allegiance without the offending passage.

I will conclude this chapter with a curious quote from the book:

Although the First Amendment applies to all citizens, it very directly affects ‘religious’ people, and everyone recognizes that the core of religious expression takes place within a church building. Taking it even further, the ‘heart’ of the ‘core’ is the pulpit! A pastor has the moral obligation to speak biblical truths from the pulpit and make current application of those truths without fear of being punished.

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 199). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

Particularly note the “obligation to speak biblical truths.” With 40,000 different Christian denominations in the world, a good many of those being in the United States, there is bound to be a boat load of contradicting “biblical truth.” How are we to know when a pastor is speaking the biblical truth and when not?

UPDATE

I obtained the number 40,000 from a blog by Eric Hatfield. He has posted a comment (see below) correcting my statement that there are 40,000 denominations. There are, according to him, 40,000 church organizations. How many different interpretations congregations receive from the pulpit remains unknown to me.

Coming up next: Chapter Thirteen, “State Sovereignty :  The Fed’s Greatest Fear.” Don’t miss it.

Keep reading. And may Jesus have mercy on your soul.

Not Now, Jody

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Chapter Eleven

As mentioned, I’m spending some time reviewing  It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America by Georgia Congressman Jody Hice. Go back to the initial post to get my overview of the book and also the lowdown on the front matter. I’m reviewing the book a chapter at a time. These reviews involve taking quotations from the book and providing appropriate comment. This is Chapter Eleven, titled “Essential deterrents To Socialism.” Here’s how it starts:

The system of government within the United States is technically known as a ‘representative republic,’ not a ‘democracy.’ The difference between these two concepts is enormous. In a pure democracy, the ‘majority rules’ and people within the minority class, concerning whatever issue is at hand, have no protection against the majority. A democracy can be threatening and dangerous because it is simply based upon ‘mob rule.’ On the other hand, a republic respects all people whether they are part of the majority class or not. Perhaps the most important role of a republic is to control the majority (and government as a whole) in the sense of respecting and defending the God-given, inalienable rights of everyone. By so doing, a republic creates an environment of mutual respect among those with differing viewpoints, be it cultural, religious or political. In this way debate, dialogue and disagreement is possible, without fear of punishment. Within a republic, even the rights of the minority are respected and defended.

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 170). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

“Even the rights of the minority are respected and defended.” The congressman may come to regret those words. He moves forward, reminding us of the dangers of socialism:

As many citizens are aware, the last several decades have witnessed a powerful political undercurrent that has pulled numerous governmental representatives away from the American Constitution and into the direction of socialistic control. Unfortunately, history has shown that tyranny is never far behind socialism. These facts bring into focus the chilling words of President Calvin Coolidge, “Unless the people, through unified action, arise and take charge of their government, they will find that their government has taken charge of them. Independence and liberty will be gone, and the general public will find itself in a condition of servitude to an aggregation of organized and selfish interest.”[205]

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 171). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

Regarding “Unfortunately, history has shown that tyranny is never far behind socialism,” the congressman is seriously overreaching. A casual glance will reveal a number of socialistic societies that have missed out on the tyranny part.

Creeping socialism is laid at the feet of constitutional revisionism. The congressman mentions this at least twice:

With this in view, it becomes a huge responsibility for American citizens and representatives to beware of those who claim that the Constitution is a ‘living document.’ By making that claim, they are actually seeking justification for its violation and alteration.

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 172). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

To treat the U.S. Constitution as a ‘living document’ will spell the end of America.

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 173). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

Truth is, the Constitution has been a living document for some time. Legal scholar Michael Waldman has written on the history of the Second Amendment. It’s a story of the over-two-hundred-year evolution of its interpretation. For example:

It was an odd opinion; McReynolds wrote poorly. Still, in broad outline, the Miller decision encompassed the history of the amendment: it traced the history of the militia, and the centrality of the debate over the perils of a standing army to the purpose of the Second Amendment. Its analysis of what kind of weapon could not banned did not, notably, say that the weapon needed to be useful to a militia in 1789— rather, the test was in 1939. The Court left little doubt where it stood on the purpose and scope of the Amendment, despite later revisionist claims to the contrary.

Waldman, Michael (2014-05-20). The Second Amendment: A Biography (Kindle Locations 1325-1329). Simon & Schuster. Kindle Edition.

I would guess that from Congressman Hice’s view, reinterpretation has value when the shift is in his direction, otherwise maybe not.

Absence of legal scholarship is no deterrent to Congressman Hice. He prepares to lecture us on matters constitutional:

By the way, the Fourteenth Amendment has also been used to ‘federalize’ the Bill of Rights to the extent that those Amendments do not apply to states until after authorization by the feds has been granted. Again, this is wrong! The Bill of Rights is an expression of many ‘unalienable’ rights that belong to all the citizens of America, and the federal government has no permission to make those rights non-applicable until they say otherwise. Those liberties are already ours; they are unalienable! In order to lessen federal power, either a repeal of the Fourteenth Amendment or a significant modification of it, is necessary.

Secondly, the Seventeenth Amendment should also be repealed.

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 175). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

Ironically, Michael Waldman discussed “incorporation” of the Bill of Rights. This is the application of the individual amendments to the states:

Cruikshank stands as an ugly episode in a morally debased time. Just a few years after it was enacted, the Fourteenth Amendment had been paralyzed. The ruling hindered federal enforcement of civil rights law until the 1960s. It would not be another fifty years before the Supreme Court started to “incorporate” the Bill of Rights, applying its provisions to states. (Most of the provisions were not “incorporated” until the 1960s.) As a constitutional matter, the ruling had an unambiguous impact on the jurisprudence of guns: the Second Amendment did not apply to the states. And it was the states, not the federal government, that made criminal justice policy. The Court did not opine on whether it conferred a personal or a collective or a civic right. It didn’t matter: it only bound Congress. States were free to do as they wished.

Waldman, Michael (2014-05-20). The Second Amendment: A Biography (Kindle Locations 1224-1230). Simon & Schuster. Kindle Edition.

By these means the components of the Bill of Rights came to be “federalized.” For those not familiar with the Seventeenth Amendment:

The Seventeenth Amendment (Amendment XVII) to the United States Constitution established the popular election of United States Senators by the people of the states. The amendment supersedes Article I, §3, Clauses 1 and 2 of the Constitution, under which senators were elected by state legislatures. It also alters the procedure for filling vacancies in the Senate, allowing for state legislatures to permit their governors to make temporary appointments until a special election can be held.

Somehow, eliminating the Seventeenth Amendment will stave off socialism? I did not track this reasoning to its source.

However, the congressman does provide clues to the evil forces threatening our country. You would not believe what they are:

Finally, in order to shrink the size and control of the federal government we must fight secularism and humanism with vigor, because America is literally at war with these destructive ideologies, whether we realize it or not. Secularism, humanism and socialism are feverishly contrasting philosophies to America’s system of liberty. They are sister-evils, and together comprise the fuel and fire of big government. They are direct enemies of freedom. One major reason why our government has been growing so rapidly in recent decades is because of the gradual acceptance of these

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 176). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

In a chapter on socialism is a good place to get in some licks on secularism and humanism, another way of saying the rational human thought process. The congressman drills down:

The bottom line is this; effectual self-government is the only antidote to big government, and self-government is only possible through personal moral restraint and a Christian worldview.

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 176). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

I am tempted to back up a few paragraphs and restate from the congressman:

Within a republic, even the rights of the minority are respected and defended.

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 170). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

Well, all right!

The manner by which the restraint of a Christian world view is going to manage government growth, has not been made clear. The congressman’s skinny justification is a quote by John Adams:

That is why John Adams said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”[212]

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 176). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

Congressman Hice devotes 229 pages to his appeal, “It’s Now Or Never.” Very little original thought is put into these 229. Quotes from distant authority abound. Relevance is seldom justified. Validity almost never. We are at Chapter Eleven, and this is taking on the appearance of a fact-free exercise in polemic. He winds down the chapter with another dose of fact-free:

We must forsake the current path of destruction. Never in the history of the world has socialism ever worked. Never! America’s free market system not only works, it flourishes when allowed to really operate as it is designed. We must get government off the backs of American businesses and individuals. Unconstitutional taxation and impossible-to-follow regulations are killing the economy and the American dream.

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 181). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

Never has worked? Unconstitutional taxation? Impossible-to-follow regulations? Killing the economy? Passing over the rest and bearing down on “killing the economy,” I offer a note. The posted (Dow-Jones) value of American stocks stands shoulder-high above any level obtained under previous administrations. After weathering this battered economy I am a retired engineer and posting this while on vacation, staying at a nice resort in the American West. How much worse does it have to get before Americans take action?

Coming up next: Chapter Twelve, “Getting Pastors And Church Leaders Involved .” We are going to be instructed.

Keep reading. And may Jesus have mercy on your soul.

Not Now, Jody

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Chapter Ten

As mentioned, I’m spending some time reviewing  It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America by Georgia Congressman Jody Hice. Go back to the initial post to get my overview of the book and the lowdown on the front matter. I’m reviewing the book a chapter at a time. These reviews involve taking quotations from the book and providing appropriate comment. This is Chapter Ten, titled “The Religious Left” Here’s how it starts:

Why are so many Christians departing from what has been historically ‘Christian’ values?

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 158). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

Here is a matter on which Pastor Hice is tremendously more qualified to speak than am I. Somewhere along life’s path I lost any great affection for all things woo. I am no longer interested in how many angels could dance on the head of a pin. The exact color of a teapot orbiting the planet Xerxes no longer summons my interest. Take the floor, Congressman Hice:

In 2009 President Obama named religious left activist Jim Wallis his ‘spiritual advisor.’

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 159). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

Spiritual advisor? I was always sure there was something I did not like about this president. You take what you can get.

By his own admission and being consistent with his conduct, Wallis and his organization are deeply rooted in Communism, Marxism and extreme anti-American propaganda. He founded a magazine opposing capitalism, called the Post-American. The publication “identified wealth redistribution and government-managed economies as the keys to achieving ‘social justice.’”[187]

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 160). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

The citation is to:

 Jason Lee, “Barak Obama, George Soros and the Religious Left,” American Thinker, Juner 12, 2011, http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/06/barack_obama_ george_soros_and_the_religious_left.html.

Here’s a link that works:

Jim Wallis, one of the aforementioned religious leaders denouncing the GOP’s modest efforts to save future generations from crushing debt, has deep roots in Marxism, Communism, and radical anti-Americanism:

Wallis founded an anti-capitalist magazine called the Post-American which identified wealth redistribution and government-managed economies as the keys to achieving “social justice.” He also railed against American foreign policy and joined the Students for a Democratic Society.

That links to another reference:

Giving voice to Sojourners’ intense anti-Americanism, Jim Wallis called the U.S. “… the great power, the great seducer, the great captor and destroyer of human life, the great master of humanity and history in its totalitarian claims and designs.”

Following the 1979 refugee crisis in Vietnam, Wallis lashed out at the desperate masses fleeing North Vietnam’s communist forces by boat. These refugees, as Wallis saw it, had been “inoculated” by capitalist influences during the war and were absconding “to support their consumer habit in other lands.” Wallis then admonished critics against pointing to the boat people to “discredit” the righteousness of Vietnam’s newly victorious Communist regime.

In 1979, Time magazine hailed Wallis as one of the “50 Faces for America’s Future.” That same year, the journal Mission Tracks published an interview with Wallis, in which the activist evangelical expressed his hope that “more Christians will come to view the world through Marxist eyes.”

Wallis blamed America entirely for the political tensions of the Cold War era. “At each step in the Cold War,” he wrote in November 1982, “the U.S. was presented with a choice between very different but equally plausible interpretations of Soviet intentions, each of which would have led to very different responses. At every turn, U.S. policy-makers have chosen to assume the very worst about their Soviet counterparts.”

In the 1980s Wallis embarked on an editorial crusade in Sojourners to undercut public support for a confrontational U.S. foreign policy toward the spread of Communism in Central America. He published bitter denunciations of the American government’s sponsorship of anti-Communist Contra rebels against Nicaragua’s Sandinista dictatorship. After visiting Nicaragua in 1983, in the company of the pro-Sandinista group Witness for Peace, Wallis and then-Sojourners associate editor Joyce Hollyday co-authored several articles in which they whitewashed the brutality of the Sandinista government while condemning the United States for waging an “undeclared war” against “the people of Nicaragua.”

So, there really is a religious left. The power of Jesus unleashed is a wonder to behold. What now?

Congressman Hice speaks of the part the religious left had in promoting the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, “Obamacare:”

Their effort alleged that lies and fear tactics were being used by the ‘right,’ like a mob trying to force capitulation through threats. Assertions that abortions or euthanasia would be funded through the socialized medical plan were sharply ridiculed and presented as evidence of unjust ‘smear’ from the religious right.

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 163). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

Maybe I’m missing something, but it appears Congressman Hice believes the AFA is a socialized medical plan, whether or not public funds would be used for abortions and euthanasia. Anyhow, the religious left was neck deep. For the record, others besides the religious left ridicule Congressman Hice’s thoughts on the ACA.

The congressman paints a grim picture:

Allen D. Hertzke is a political science professor at the University of Oklahoma, who follows religious movements. He says, “My gut tells me that all this foment [on the religious left] is bound to create more involvement in politics. I don’t know whether there’s going to be more of them numerically, but you don’t need greater numbers to have a political impact; all you need is to be more active. You already see that in Ohio and some other states, where Christian conservatives no longer have a monopoly on faith in politics.”[194]

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (pp. 163-164). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

His perspective on what is worrisome is worth noting:

In June of 2011, leaders of the Emergent Church Movement fulfilled a dream by providing a four-day ‘revival camp’ called the Wild Goose Festival. After nearly ten years of planning, it took place on about 72 acres of forest and meadows on Shakori Hills in the Piedmont region of North Carolina and thousands attended. According to the organization’s web site, a similar festival in the UK, called Greenbelt, conceived the idea. To the Wild Goose planners, Greenbelt represents a beacon of hope for people who feel ‘left behind’ by conventional religion, and their mission was to accomplish the same in the United States.[195] It featured various genres of music, yoga, liberal speakers and an open attempt to embrace gays and lesbians into the ‘Christian’ community. The purpose was to open wide the doors of ‘Christianity’ to be more inclusive of all people and all beliefs. The name of the event, ‘Wild Goose,’ was taken from a Celtic metaphor for the Holy Spirit.[196] Understandably, many evangelicals were offended at the name, upset that reference to the Holy Spirit had been reduced to a ‘goose.’ Further, much offense resulted from the unconditional tolerance and acceptance of virtually all lifestyles and beliefs as ‘Christian.’

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 164). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

Here we go: These are Christians, and the are accepting of homosexuals and maybe environmentalism. What next in the name of Jesus? Abolition of slavery?

In their thinking, what the true Church believes and the theology it embraces, has been revealed through open critique and the varied perspectives of others. Nothing could be further from the truth! In 2 Peter 1:20-21 we read, “knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit” (NKJV). And again, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness…” (2 Timothy 3:16, NKJV). Scripture and Christian doctrine are not the results of countless opinions of ‘seekers,’ it is a direct revelation of God Himself.

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 166). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

I quoted the entire paragraph, but the critical sentences are the last two:

And again, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness…” (2 Timothy 3:16, NKJV). Scripture and Christian doctrine are not the results of countless opinions of ‘seekers,’ it is a direct revelation of God Himself.

We are not to parse the words of God, but to take them literally? That sounds reasonable enough. Reasonable enough until you start to notice two things:

1. The word of God is not taken literally in any Christian congregation. There is always somebody standing at a podium (sometimes “podium” is figurative), interpreting the word of God for the congregation. That’s the way churches work. There may be as many as 40,000 Christian denominations world wide, presumably each with its own interpretation of God’s word.

2. We may not want, in this modern world, to take God at his word, literally. These quotes are from the Bible Gateway site:

Judges 11:29-40 King James Version (KJV)

29 Then the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jephthah, and he passed over Gilead, and Manasseh, and passed over Mizpeh of Gilead, and from Mizpeh of Gilead he passed over unto the children of Ammon.

30 And Jephthah vowed a vow unto the Lord, and said, If thou shalt without fail deliver the children of Ammon into mine hands,

31 Then it shall be, that whatsoever cometh forth of the doors of my house to meet me, when I return in peace from the children of Ammon, shall surely be the Lord‘s, and I will offer it up for a burnt offering.

32 So Jephthah passed over unto the children of Ammon to fight against them; and the Lord delivered them into his hands.

33 And he smote them from Aroer, even till thou come to Minnith, even twenty cities, and unto the plain of the vineyards, with a very great slaughter. Thus the children of Ammon were subdued before the children of Israel.

34 And Jephthah came to Mizpeh unto his house, and, behold, his daughter came out to meet him with timbrels and with dances: and she was his only child; beside her he had neither son nor daughter.

35 And it came to pass, when he saw her, that he rent his clothes, and said, Alas, my daughter! thou hast brought me very low, and thou art one of them that trouble me: for I have opened my mouth unto the Lord, and I cannot go back.

36 And she said unto him, My father, if thou hast opened thy mouth unto theLord, do to me according to that which hath proceeded out of thy mouth; forasmuch as the Lord hath taken vengeance for thee of thine enemies, even of the children of Ammon.

37 And she said unto her father, Let this thing be done for me: let me alone two months, that I may go up and down upon the mountains, and bewail my virginity, I and my fellows.

38 And he said, Go. And he sent her away for two months: and she went with her companions, and bewailed her virginity upon the mountains.

39 And it came to pass at the end of two months, that she returned unto her father, who did with her according to his vow which he had vowed: and she knew no man. And it was a custom in Israel,

40 That the daughters of Israel went yearly to lament the daughter of Jephthah the Gileadite four days in a year.

Exodus 21:7-11 King James Version (KJV)

And if a man sell his daughter to be a maidservant, she shall not go out as the menservants do.

If she please not her master, who hath betrothed her to himself, then shall he let her be redeemed: to sell her unto a strange nation he shall have no power, seeing he hath dealt deceitfully with her.

And if he have betrothed her unto his son, he shall deal with her after the manner of daughters.

10 If he take him another wife; her food, her raiment, and her duty of marriage, shall he not diminish.

11 And if he do not these three unto her, then shall she go out free without money.

Deuteronomy 21:18-21 King James Version (KJV)

18 If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and that, when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them:

19 Then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the elders of his city, and unto the gate of his place;

20 And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard.

21 And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die: so shalt thou put evil away from among you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear.

Deuteronomy 22:11 King James Version (KJV)

11 Thou shalt not wear a garment of divers sorts, as of woollen and linen together.

Yes, God’s literal word is a bunch of silliness and does require some interpreting. Congressman Hice is up to the task. Hear him out. He summarizes the chapter, possibly making sense:

It should be clearly stated that I am not implying that Christians should run from or avoid topics like AIDS, poverty, global warming, environmental concerns, and a host of others. On the contrary, we should be in the forefront of these debates, providing genuine answers for undeniable problems. Instead of engaging these topics, the Christian community has been too silent for too long on most of these social ills and now, those whose worldview is directly opposite to a true Christian worldview, ‘own’ these topics and our voices are but a noise on the horizon. There is no doubt that Christian leadership is needed to address these issues.

The fear is that these concerns are now being addressed by one of two perspectives: liberals, who use them for political power and social engineering; or a false ‘Christian’ view that is unbiblical. For these matters to be used as nothing other than a political ploy under the guise of ‘religious’ convictions is nothing other than outright deception. Twisting biblical truth for the purpose of deceiving or shaming Christians into liberal policies is unconscionable, un-American and extremely dangerous.

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 169). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

The congressman does make sense, provided sense can ever be made out of a magical person in the sky. Or a cobalt blue teapot orbiting the planet Xerxes.

Coming up next: Chapter Eleven, “Essential Deterrents To Socialism .”

Keep reading. And may Jesus have mercy on your soul.

Not Now, Jody

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Chapter Nine

I’m spending some time reviewing  It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America by Georgia Congressman Jody Hice. Go back to the original post to get my overview of the book and the lowdown on the front matter. This is Chapter Nine, titled “Radical Islam.”

As always, I’m going to review this chapter by posting selected quotes from the book and adding my own commentary. Here’s for starters:

So far as religious liberties are concerned, there can be no greater policy question facing lawmakers than defining where religious freedom ends and the power of the government begins. This topic is going to be an enormous issue facing our politicians and courts because, the standard we use against Islamic activities will eventually be used against Christian liberties one day! The battle lines are already being drawn and the national tightrope walk has begun.

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 148). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

It will be interesting to see where this goes. A summary of the chapter shows Congressman Hice takes the rational stance that “Muslim” does not equate to “terrorist.” He gives a brief review of the political discourse and then launches into the chapter’s theme:

These people often defend Muslims as victims of ‘Islamophobia’ and unfair treatment, while often linking the term ‘radical’ to certain Christians or conservative groups. Many of these point to abortion clinic violence by purported ‘Christians.’[169] However, it must be noted that until the tragic shooting of Dr. George Tiller in 2009, which was a lone act against a single individual, there have been no acts of targeted violence against abortion providers since 1998. Hardly an equivalent comparison to Islamic terrorists!

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 149). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

For some reason he has reviewed a selective timeline of violence by the Christian right. Before 2009 there was Eric Rudolph:

“I’m here today to be sentenced for my actions on January 29, 1998. On that date I detonated a bomb at an abortion mill here in Birmingham, killing the abortion mill’s security guard and injuring one of the abortion mill’s employees. I had nothing personal against either of these individuals, Sanderson and Lyons. I did not target them for who they were – but for what they did. What they did was participate in the murder and dismemberment of upwards of 50 children a week.”

“My actions that day were motivated by my recognition that abortion is murder. Because it is murder, I believe that deadly force is indeed justified in an attempt to stop it. I do not claim this as a right but rather consider it the moral duty to come to the defense of my fellow man when he is under attack. This is an essential concept embedded in Western Civilization – that we are our brother’s keeper.”
Eric Rudolph

For some reason Eric Rudolph’s site is “armyofgod.com.”

Also not mentioned are the following:

  • March 10, 1993: Dr. David Gunn of Pensacola, Florida was fatally shot during a protest. He had been the subject of wanted-style posters distributed by Operation Rescue in the summer of 1992. Michael F. Griffin was found guilty of Gunn’s murder and was sentenced to life in prison.
  • July 29, 1994: Dr. John Britton and James Barrett, a clinic escort, were both shot to death outside another facility, the Ladies Center, in Pensacola. Rev. Paul Jennings Hill was charged with the killings. Hill received a death sentence and was executed on September 3, 2003. The clinic in Pensacola had been bombed before in 1984 and was also bombed subsequently in 2012.
  • December 30, 1994: Two receptionists, Shannon Lowney and Lee Ann Nichols, were killed in two clinic attacks in Brookline, Massachusetts. John Salvi was arrested and confessed to the killings. He died in prison and guards found his body under his bed with a plastic garbage bag tied around his head. Salvi had also confessed to a non-lethal attack in Norfolk, Virginia days before the Brookline killings.
  • January 29, 1998: Robert Sanderson, an off-duty police officer who worked as a security guard at an abortion clinic in Birmingham, Alabama, was killed when his workplace was bombed.Eric Robert Rudolph, who was also responsible for the 1996 Centennial Olympic Park bombing, was charged with the crime and received two life sentences as a result.
  • October 23, 1998: Dr. Barnett Slepian was shot to death with a high-powered rifle at his home in Amherst, New York. His was the last in a series of similar shootings against providers in Canada and northern New York state which were all likely committed by James Kopp. Kopp was convicted of Slepian’s murder after being apprehended in France in 2001.

The case of James Kopp is interesting:

Kopp received help from sympathetic pro-life activist couple Loretta Marra and Dennis Malvasi of Brooklyn, who pled guilty to one count each of conspiracy in helping Kopp avoid capture. Marra and Malvasi had communicated extensively with Kopp, telling him also via electronic communications that “the coast is clear”, referring to his proposed secretive return to US via Canada, and also to his use of their home as a safe house. On August 21, 2003, they were sentenced to time served, and released. The fugitive assisters later changed their names to Joyce Maier and Ted Barnes.

This is fairly much a side issue. The topic is supposed to be radical Islam. As a schooled cleric, Pastor Hice gives what is hopefully a learned discourse on the matter:

It can be said that peaceful ‘Muslims’ adhere to the ‘Mecca text’ and the ‘5 Pillars’ including, faith, prayer, care for the needy, fasting and the pilgrimage to Mecca, but they do not accept the radical doctrine included in the Medina text. Perhaps the biggest problem Americans have in regard to understanding Islam is our tendency to group ‘Islam’ and ‘Muslim’ together. Although a sharp distinction can be confusing, they should be looked at, as different!

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 151). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

He discusses sharia law:

‘Sharia’ refers to the Islamic legal system previously mentioned. It is based solely on the distorted teachings of the entire Koran, and is fundamentally extremist, especially when compared to the Constitution of the United States. Unfortunately, it is sweeping its way into the U.S. court system and it appears to be gaining support. On April 29, 2011, Richard Callahan, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri, assured Muslims that “the Obama Administration would likely step in on behalf of Sharia law should any state try to ban it.”[173]

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 152). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

The citation is to:

 Dan Miller, “Sharia Law in the United States,” The PJ Tattler, April 30, 2011, http://pajamasmedia.com/tattler/2011/04/30/sharia-law-in-the-united-states/.

I had to go to Google to find the Dan Miller post. It reads, in part:

The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri, Richard Callahan, assured Muslims on April 29th that “the Obama Administration would likely step in on behalf of Sharia law should any state try to ban it.” This may be of interest because various laws are pending in many states to prohibit or limit the application of Sharia Law in their courts.

Despite the concerns of Congressman Hice and a host of other’s unduly alarmed, the imposition of sharia law in this country would be contrary to the First Amendment. Attempts by state legislatures to ban sharia law by name also contravene the First Amendment. Laws in this country, both for and against sharia law, are supposed to be religion neutral.

Any real concern would be along the lines of enacting legislation that is consistent with sharia law and would contravene other principles embedded in the Bill of Rights. Particularly, certain aspects of sharia law would go against the Eighth Amendment, prohibiting cruel and unusual punishment.

Politicians touting bans on sharia law do so in an appeal to the paranoia of their voter base.

Some of what Congressman Hice tells us is frighteningly close to the truth:

Devout Muslims (Islamists) believe Sharia is God’s law and therefore, it is their duty to impose the Koran to rule over us!

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 153). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

Where have we heard that before?

A Texas sheriff said police critics should shut up because he believes law enforcement officers are granted their authority by God.

Randy Meeks, the Hunt County sheriff, published a print-only guest editorial in the localHerald-Banner, citing Bible verses to argue that police officers are tasked with enforcing law and order for a godly nation, reported blogger Brett Sanders.

The blogger posts screen shots from the guest editorial, which was published just days after agrand jury cleared one of Meeks’ deputies in the videotaped beating of a pregnant Air Force veteran during the investigation of a domestic dispute.

“Due to recent events, I can no longer be silent concerning what our country allows,” Meeks wrote. “It is amazing to me that the criminals who break into our homes and steal from us, those who sell drugs to our children, those who abuse innocent and defenseless children, those who rape our wives and daughters, those who commit cold-blooded murders are all innocent until proven guilty.”

Readers will forgive me if I don’t cite another half handful of examples along this line.

Congressman Hice may just now be getting warmed up:

On his radio program, James Dobson interviewed U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin, a true American hero. He described an investigation that took place in 2004 in Annandale, VA. The FBI found an alarming discovering. In the basement of a man who was the operations officer for the Muslim Brotherhood in America, was a five-phased plan to take over the Country. According to Boykin, the plot had already completed 3 steps and its instigators were beginning phase four![181] Do not be deceived by what you hear in the news or read in the newspaper, although it has a religious component, Islam is not a religion. It is much more!

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 155). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

What is interesting, not surprising but interesting nonetheless, is the well from which Congressman Hice draws: A radio program? James Dobson? Retired Lt. General Jerry Boykin? Where is the repository of rational discourse from scholars in the related fields. We will have to take what we can get.

The congressman points to the danger of losing our Judeo-Christian heritage:

Islam is Incompatible with America’s Foundation

Our Founding Fathers gave us a nation firmly established upon Judeo-Christian principles. This condition alone describes the major problem with any discussion of Islam and the American way of life. In fact, the system of government the Founders designed would not succeed in any other environment than Christian. It was unique to America, and we cannot survive as a nation without the foundation our Founders gave us.

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 156). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

That is most interesting. Let’s look at those Judeo-Christian principles:

Echoes of sharia law, part 1:

Zechariah 13:3 King James Version (KJV)

And it shall come to pass, that when any shall yet prophesy, then his father and his mother that begat him shall say unto him, Thou shalt not live; for thou speakest lies in the name of the Lord: and his father and his mother that begat him shall thrust him through when he prophesieth.

Echoes of sharia law, part 2:

Zephaniah 2:12-15 King James Version (KJV)

12 Ye Ethiopians also, ye shall be slain by my sword.

13 And he will stretch out his hand against the north, and destroy Assyria; and will make Nineveh a desolation, and dry like a wilderness.

14 And flocks shall lie down in the midst of her, all the beasts of the nations: both the cormorant and the bittern shall lodge in the upper lintels of it; their voice shall sing in the windows; desolation shall be in the thresholds; for he shall uncover the cedar work.

15 This is the rejoicing city that dwelt carelessly, that said in her heart, I am, and there is none beside me: how is she become a desolation, a place for beasts to lie down in! every one that passeth by her shall hiss, and wag his hand.

Echoes of sharia law, part 3:

Judges 18:27-29 King James Version (KJV)

27 And they took the things which Micah had made, and the priest which he had, and came unto Laish, unto a people that were at quiet and secure: and they smote them with the edge of the sword, and burnt the city with fire.

28 And there was no deliverer, because it was far from Zidon, and they had no business with any man; and it was in the valley that lieth by Bethrehob. And they built a city, and dwelt therein.

29 And they called the name of the city Dan, after the name of Dan their father, who was born unto Israel: howbeit the name of the city was Laish at the first.

Echoes of sharia law, part 4:

Judges 1:1-8 King James Version (KJV)

Now after the death of Joshua it came to pass, that the children of Israel asked the Lord, saying, Who shall go up for us against the Canaanites first, to fight against them?

And the Lord said, Judah shall go up: behold, I have delivered the land into his hand.

And Judah said unto Simeon his brother, Come up with me into my lot, that we may fight against the Canaanites; and I likewise will go with thee into thy lot. So Simeon went with him.

And Judah went up; and the Lord delivered the Canaanites and the Perizzites into their hand: and they slew of them in Bezek ten thousand men.

And they found Adonibezek in Bezek: and they fought against him, and they slew the Canaanites and the Perizzites.

But Adonibezek fled; and they pursued after him, and caught him, and cut off his thumbs and his great toes.

And Adonibezek said, Threescore and ten kings, having their thumbs and their great toes cut off, gathered their meat under my table: as I have done, so God hath requited me. And they brought him to Jerusalem, and there he died.

Now the children of Judah had fought against Jerusalem, and had taken it, and smitten it with the edge of the sword, and set the city on fire.

We wonder at the origins of sharia law.

We wonder at the origins of Congressman Hice’s thinking:

Whereas our motto is “One Nation Under God” the motto of Islam could well be summarized in “Kill the Infidels!” Peaceful? Tolerant? America beware!

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 157). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

Coming next, Chapter Ten, “The Religious Left.” We will shortly see what this is all about.

Keep reading. And may Jesus have mercy on your soul.

Not Now, Jody

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Chapter Eight

I’m spending some time reviewing  It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America by Georgia Congressman Jody Hice. Go back to the original post to get my overview of the book and a review of the front matter. This is Chapter Eight, titled “Parental Rights Vs. Guardian Government.”

As always, I’m going to review this chapter by posting selected quotes from the book and adding my own commentary. Here’s for starters:

One of the most fundamental rights recognized virtually worldwide, and one that has almost never been questioned (until recently), is the right of parents to raise their children. After all, who else loves children more than parents? Right? Wrong! The real answer to that question is, the government!

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 133). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

Congressman Jody Hice is going to convince readers that government intervention is replacing parental nurturing. He’s going to provide examples:

A landmark case regarding parental rights occurred in Washington State’s Supreme Court in the early 1980’s. It involved a 13-year-old girl, Sheila Marie Sumey. Her parents were greatly concerned about evidence they found pertaining to their daughter’s use of illegal drugs, alcohol and escalating sexual activity. The parents, Rolin and Laura, did everything they could to try and cut off the negative influences in their daughter’s life by grounding her, something most parents would have done under similar circumstances. Upset with the enforcement of family ‘rules,’ Sheila went to her school counselors and complained. She was advised that she was under no obligation to submit to the demands of her parents because of a ‘conflict between parent and child.’ Sheila followed the advise of her counselors and notified Child Protective Services (CPS) about her family situation. Subsequently, she was quickly removed from her home and placed in foster care. Her parents were crushed and tried everything within their power to get their daughter back home. They proceeded by legally challenging the advice and actions of the school social workers, and lost the case! Despite the judge finding that the parents acted in a reasonable and proper manner, the state nonetheless gave full authorization for the CPS to remove Sheila from her home, tearing the Sumey family apart.[151]

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 134). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

The cited reference is:

http://www.parentalrights.org/index.asp? Type=B_BASIC&SEC={81C1F260-4A9F-4013-8164-68A360E295A5}.

My own search turned up a discussion of the case on the Justia US Law site:

Sheila Marie Sumey, the petitioner at trial, is the daughter of appellants Rolin and Laura Sumey. At the time of trial in August 1978, Sheila was 15 years old. In the years preceding the initiation of this action, a number of problems had developed between Sheila and her parents. The parents set several rules for Sheila’s conduct, which she did not always follow. On a number of occasions, Sheila ran *759 away from home. Extensive family counseling was attempted, but was not successful.

In early June 1978, there was again conflict in the home and Mrs. Sumey began to believe that Sheila would once again run away from home. On June 17, Mrs. Sumey called the police to prevent Sheila from running away. The police placed Sheila in a receiving home on that day. The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) began to provide crisis intervention services to the family and on June 20, Mrs. Sumey signed a consent form stating that Sheila should be in receiving care.

The DSHS crisis intervention services did not succeed in reconciling the differences between Sheila and her parents. The DSHS staff concluded that Sheila could not be returned home at that time, and she remained in receiving care. On July 15, Sheila filed a petition for alternative residential placement with the Pierce County Juvenile Court, pursuant to RCW 13.32.020. A hearing on the petition was held, and the juvenile court concluded that: the family was in conflict; prior counseling and crisis intervention had failed to remedy that conflict; the conflict could not be remedied by continued placement in the home; and the reasons for the alternative residential placement were not capricious. The court approved the petition for alternative residential placement and ordered that Sheila be placed in a nonsecure licensed facility. The court provided for rights of visitation for Mr. and Mrs. Sumey. The case was set for review in 6 months to determine what had been accomplished in resolving the conflict and reuniting the family.

Mr. and Mrs. Sumey appealed the juvenile court order and challenged the constitutionality of RCW 13.32, the statutory authority for the order of alternative residential placement. Division Two of the Court of Appeals certified the appeal to this court.

RCW 13.32 was enacted in the 1977 legislative session and has since been repealed and replaced by RCW 13.32A. Laws of 1979, ch. 155. The challenged statutes in RCW 13.32 were part of the basic juvenile court act of 1977, *760 which established different procedures for dealing with three classes of children: (1) Children who are “runaways” and who have conflict in their family relationship (RCW 13.30, 13.32, 74.13); (2) Children who are abused, neglected, or abandoned by their parents (RCW 13.34); and (3) Children who commit crimes (RCW 13.40).

I picked out this passage of interest: “On June 17, Mrs. Sumey called the police to prevent Sheila from running away.” Lest Congressman Hice wants to cast this as unilateral government intrusion into family affairs, it was the family that decided the matter could not be resolved internally and that government intervention was needed.

Congressman Hice steps through Chapter Eight, dropping examples of government intrusion into the purview of the American family. He chides us for allowing an increasingly powerful government to gain such control over our lives. It’s a point well taken. However, the congressman falls short in showing us how the individuals involved would have handled these matters on their own.

The congressman does not touch on the extreme cases that beg for intervention to save the lives of children:

Fallen followers: Investigation finds 10 more dead children of faith healers
By Dan Tilkin, KATU News; Dusty Lane, KATU.com Staff Published: Nov 7, 2013 at 6:31 PM PST Last Updated: Nov 8, 2013 at 9:36 AM PST

BOISE, Idaho – Peaceful Valley Cemetery sits on a windswept hill 30 miles east of Boise.

Some of The Followers of Christ faith healers bury their dead there.

The same last names appear over and again, going back decades. Some – like Beagley – are the same names you’ll see in a similar cemetery in Oregon City.

In 2010, jurors in Clackamas County convicted Jeff and Marci Beagley of letting their son Neal die of an untreated urinary tract infection.

KATU’s Dan Tilkin covered that story, as he has so many faith-healing stories. That’s why he traveled to Idaho to trace the connections between Followers members in both states, and a new trail of dead children.

The book does promote an item by publisher R.C. Hoiles some years back:

R.C. Hoiles was publisher of the Santa Ana Register, now known as the Orange County Register. In 1957 he wrote a classic work about alarming trends within the public schools at that time. With almost prophetic accuracy, his words have proven frighteningly precise today. He listed twenty-one ways that public schools harm children. The following abbreviated version of his concerns comprises what he says public schools dare not teach:

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (pp. 140-141). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

The indication is that Congressman Hice endorses publisher Hoiles’ points. That in mind, I will highlight one of these points:

5. They dare not teach the First Commandment: “Thou shalt have no other Gods before me” because they are bowing down and worshipping the will of the majority rather than the eternal laws of God that no man made and no man can unmake.

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 141). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

This is something the congressman finds crucial. The implication is the government should bear down and teach that there is no true God but the God of Abraham. All others can go suck an egg. This is what our Constitution requires? Not quite. But it is the drive of this book.

Coming next, Chapter Nine, “Radical Islam.” It will be interesting to find out where this is going.

Keep reading. And may Jesus have mercy on your soul.

Not Now, Jody

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Chapter Seven

I’m spending some time reviewing  It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America by Georgia Congressman Jody Hice. Go back to the original post to get my overview of the book and the lowdown on the front matter. This is Chapter Seven, titled “The Rise of America’s Police State.”

As always, I’m going to review this chapter by posting selected quotes from the book and adding my own comments. Here’s for starters:

The Declaration of Independence states that God Himself has given us the rights and liberties that we enjoy. In essence, that is the meaning of ‘unalienable’ rights. They are rights recognized as not being man-made or man-given. Instead, it refers to that which is God-made and God-given and is therefore, beyond the scope and jurisdiction of human government. Our entire American political and legal system is based upon that unique premise. There is no other safeguard to defend the natural rights of humans apart from the recognition that they are divinely authorized. If we remove God, we will also remove all claims to American rights and liberty.

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 120). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

[Emphasis added]

 

I highlighted the significant passage. Allow me to translate: “If we remove an imaginary person created out of thin air by people living 3000 years ago in the Eastern Mediterranean, then we are S.O.L. This chapter is getting off to a rough start.

It’s been a few days since I read through this chapter, but my recollection is it goes like this: Our government is increasingly exercising its massive power to oppress the population. Congressman Jody Hice is going to explain all of this, and he’s going to provide some examples. Here is one:

The story behind the decision is quite interesting. It involves a Vanderburgh County married couple that was having a domestic dispute. The woman called 911 and law enforcement officers soon arrived on the scene. Once there, the woman told the police that her husband had not harmed her in any way, and couple went inside their home. An officer began demanding entry into the home and the man told him that everything was fine, and that their services were not needed. Nonetheless, the officer forced his way inside the home against the husband’s will. The husband then pushed the officer against a wall in protest of the forced entry. Another police officer, who was assisting the first one, shot the husband with a taser gun and arrested him. Shortly thereafter, the couple put forth a lawsuit claiming their Fourth Amendment rights had been violated.

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 122). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

 

The married couple lost their lawsuit in a decision much denounced by Congressman Hice. Not being a legal scholar (neither is the congressman), but I am sure it works this way:

  • There was a domestic dispute.
  • Somebody involved felt it important to call 911.
  • The police responded. That’s what they are supposed to do.
  • When the police arrived the husband said it was all a misunderstanding, and the police should go away.
  • The police are not so inclined in situations like this. Somebody phoned 911 and requested police intervention. Officers at the scene need to verify whether a threat actually exists. The police need to enter the residence and check on the safety of people inside.
  • The police do not need a warrant from a judge in cases like this. The husband was wrong in resisting the police.
  • Congressman Hice is flat wrong in his assessment of this situation. He has coughed this up and dressed it out in a way to present a distorted picture of the circumstances.
  • Congressman Hice is having considerable difficulty with the commandment relating to false witness.

The congressman cites another example:

The specifics involved a 9-year old girl (known as S.G.) in February of 2003, at an Oregon elementary school. An Oregon Department of Human Services worker and a uniformed armed deputy sheriff, without a court order and without notifying the child’s parents, entered the school and removed the young girl from her elementary classroom. Following the directives of government authorities, the school administrators did not object. S.G. was taken to an empty conference room and left alone with Sheriff James Alford and caseworker Bob Camreta, and for two hours they interrogated her about alleged sexual abuse at home, supposedly by her father. According to S.G.’s attorneys, when the caseworker asked the 9-year-old girl if her father touched her “all over [her] body,” she said “yes;” she was referring to affectionate hugs, kisses and piggyback rides. Camreta then asked “over and over again” if “some of those were bad touches.” Over and over again, S.G. said “no.”[142]

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 127). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

There is more to it than just the foregoing. If the description in the book is correct, the situation was gruesomely intimidating to the girl. Guns were visible. The girl was not informed she did not have to endure the questioning. After two hours of this she lied so she could leave and catch her school bus home.

The citation is to

 John Whitehead, “Alford v. Greene: A Case with Far-Reaching Implications for Parents’ Rights,” The Rutherford Institute, February 2, 2003, http://www.rutherford.org/articles_db/commentary.asp?record_ id=700.

The case eventually caught the attention of the Supreme Court:

Holding: Although the Court may generally review a lower court’s constitutional ruling at the behest of governmental officials who won a final judgment on constitutional grounds, here the case is moot because the respondent (the plaintiff below) no longer has a stake in preserving the court’s holding because she no longer needs protection from the practice at issue.

Plain English Holding: A government official can ask the Supreme Court to review a lower court’s ruling that he violated the Constitution, even if the lower court ultimately concluded that he could not be sued for that conduct.

Judgment: Vacated in part and remanded on May 26, 2011. Justice Scalia filed a concurring opinion. Justice Sotomayor concurred in the judgment, in an opinion that was joined by Justice Breyer. Justice Kennedy filed a dissenting opinion that was joined by Justice Thomas.

The Rutherford Institute has this to say, written by John W. Whitehead
(February 28, 2011):

On March 1, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Alford v. Greene, the first major case involving Child Protective Services to go before the United States Supreme Court in 21 years and one of the most important parents’ rights cases ever to reach the Court.

If it goes the right way–i.e., to bolster parents’ rights–it will mean that state agents will have to obtain a court order in order to question a child at school. If it goes the wrong way, which the Obama administration is advocating for, along with 40 state attorneys general, law enforcement agencies, social workers, prosecutors and defense attorneys, it will be a serious blow to parental rights as well as the rights of children in the public schools. And then there’s the possibility that the Court will either vacate the lower court opinion, leaving the police and other government agents free to question students at will, or sidestep the issue altogether and simply choose not to rule on it, declaring it moot because the young girl involved is no longer a child.

For some reason a lot of emphasis here is being placed on parental rights. I would have hoped the rights of a nine-year-old child would get more attention.

The facts are not disputed. The girl should properly have been questioned by a woman officer or even a woman counselor. Anybody less intimidating than two male police officers. Her right to get out of the situation should have been carefully explained to her. The school should have been more protective.

This next example requires some reading:

Take for example the early-morning terrifying experience of Anthony Wright on June 7, 2011, just days after the Supreme Court decision. At 6:00 A.M., federal agents started pounding on the door of his California home and before he could even open the door, government personnel entered the home and Wright was immediately overtaken by police. According to a neighbor’s eyewitness account, the agents forced entry into the home and then “dragged [Wright] out in his boxer shorts, threw him to the ground and handcuffed him.” His own words describe the scenario, “He [a federal agent] had his knee on my back and I had no idea why they were there.”[146] He was a victim of a raid from the Department of Education SWAT team. Furthermore, while Wright was being unconstitutionally mishandled, the federal agents took his three children (ages three, seven, and eleven) and detained them in a squad car while a search of the home was conducted. You would think this type of behavior was reserved for major felons or persons on the FBI’s ‘Most Wanted’ list. What crime had Wright committed? Evidently, the agents were not even looking for Mr. Wright. They were allegedly seeking information on his estranged wife, Michelle, who no longer lived at that address. So, what was her grievous crime? She was suspected of financial aid fraud! News reports said the raid was in regard to some delinquent student loans![147] Was this ‘show of force’ necessary for a delinquent school loan? A simple conversation would have been more appropriate and would have achieved the same purpose without frightening the children and abusing the rights of a private citizen.

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (pp. 130-131). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

The book cites:

 John W. Whitehead, “SWAT Team Mania: The War Against the American Citizen,” The Rutherford Institute, June 13, 2011, http://www.rutherford.org/articles_db/commentary.asp?record_id=715.

That link is not working. This one gets you to the appropriate page:

For example, it was heavily armed agents from one such OIG office, working under the auspices of the Department of Education, who forced their way into the home of a California man, handcuffed him, and placed his three children (ages 3, 7, and 11) in a squad car while they conducted a search of his home. This federal SWAT team raid, which is essentially what it was, on the home of Anthony Wright on Tuesday, June 7, 2011, was allegedly intended to ferret out information on Wright’s estranged wife, Michelle, who no longer lives with him and who was suspected of financial aid fraud (early news reports characterized the purpose of the raid as being over Michelle’s delinquent student loans). According to Wright, he was awakened at 6 am by the sound of agents battering down his door and, upon descending the stairs, was immediately subdued by police. One neighbor actually witnessed the team of armed agents surround the house and, after forcing entry, they “dragged [Wright] out in his boxer shorts, threw him to the ground and handcuffed him.”

This is not the first time a SWAT team has been employed in non-violent scenarios. Nationwide, SWAT teams have been employed to address an astonishingly trivial array of criminal activity or mere community nuisances: angry dogs, domestic disputes, improper paperwork filed by an orchid farmer, and misdemeanor marijuana possession, to give a brief sampling. In some instances, SWAT teams are even employed, in full armament, to perform routine patrols.

There is hardly any way to read this without thinking excessive firepower was being employed. An Internet search for additional information produced scant results. One item may bring clarification:

In a statement to FoxNews.com, Education Department Press Secretary Justin Hamilton confirmed that its Office of Inspector General executed the warrant with the presence of local law enforcement authorities.

“While it was reported in local media that the search was related to a defaulted student loan, that is incorrect,” the statement read. “This is related to a criminal investigation. The Inspector General’s Office does not execute search warrants for late loan payments.”

Hamilton declined to comment on the specifics of the case, citing an ongoing investigation.

“We can say that the OIG’s office conducts about 30-35 search warrants a year on issues such as bribery, fraud, and embezzlement of federal student aid funds,” the statement continued.

At the very least, Anthony Wright has now become Kenneth Wright. It is also possible the case involves actual criminal activity. The book provides no additional clarification.

Regarding Congressman Hice’s keen interest regarding overbearing police action, my own brief Internet search found little to none regarding Congressman Hice and some recent instances:

  • The killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri
  • The killing of Tamir Rice in Cleveland, Ohio
  • The death of Freddie Gray in police custody in Baltimore, Maryland
  • The death of Eric Garner while being arrested by Staten Island police
  • The bizarre arrest and death of Sandra Bland in Texas

A later book, perhaps.

Coming next, Chapter Eight, “Parental Rights Vs. Guardian Government.” There should be something here of interest to everybody.

Keep reading. And may Jesus have mercy on your soul.

Not Now, Jody

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Chapter Six

As mentioned, I’m spending some time reviewing  It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America by Georgia Congressman Jody Hice. Go back to the initial post to get my overview of the book and the lowdown on the front matter. I’m reviewing the book a chapter at a time. These reviews involve taking quotations from the book and providing appropriate comment. This is Chapter Six, titled “The Second Amendment Disarmed.” Let’s get started:

Although nearly everyone is familiar with the Second Amendment, it seems that few people actually comprehend its intent and power. It plainly says, “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” The ‘well regulated militia’ has caused a degree of confusion and has led some to conclude that only trained military personnel have the right to arms. To them, the directive ‘well regulated’ refers to a trained and disciplined militia, which could only refer to a professional army or law enforcement faction. But this could not be true because it goes against everything the Founders were trying to create and defend.

The original intent of the Second Amendment was to preserve and guarantee the pre-existing right of citizens to keep and bear arms. It was an acknowledgement of an inalienable right and was therefore, not something ‘granted’ but something simply recognized. Although the amendment mentions a militia, membership in a militia is not a prerequisite for exercising the right to keep arms.[116] It is true that the Second Amendment preserves and guarantees an individual right for a collective purpose, but that does not transform or morph it into a ‘collective right.’ The collective purpose is the right to defend us against an oppressive government should it become a threat to liberty.

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (pp. 104-105). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

Chapter Six is presumably about threats to the Second Amendment. In this chapter Congressman Hice uses the word “gun” 38 times. The Second Amendment does not use the word even once. Amazing. More on that later.

Congressman Hice is passionate about preserving the Second Amendment. If he has not already, he might be interested in reading a book on the subject. I have a copy. It’s The Second Amendment: A Biography, by Michael Waldman. It’s available as a Kindle book.

The congressman recounts the ‘Blair Holts Firearms Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009.’

1. A mandatory licensing to anyone wanting to own a firearm.

2. Require each gun owner to submit a current passport size photo to the government.

3. Require gun owners to submit a thumbprint for the government database.

4. The creation of a Federal Firearms Card.

5. Releasing of any mental health records to the government so that they can decide who can and who cannot own a gun.

6. Pass a ‘test’ administered by the government that would examine the following: safe storage of arms, safe handling of arms, proper use of firearms in the home, and the legal responsibilities of gun owners.[124]

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 107). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

Congressman Hice reminds us that all of the six would represent a threat to Second Amendment rights, but number 6 is especially troubling:

Just imagine the federal government having authority to define a mental health ‘issue.’ They could categorize almost anyone as a mental health concern and believe me, they will!

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 108). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

That is frightening and would prove a formidable obstacle to Blair Holts or to any similar legislation. Another case of interest is Commonwealth v. Richard Runyan:

A District Court judge hearing the criminal defendant’s motion to dismiss one count of a complaint charging him with storing or keeping a firearm that was not secured in a locked container or equipped with a tamper-resistant mechanical lock or other safety device, in violation of G. L. c. 140, § 131L (a), erred in granting the motion on the ground that § 131L (a) unconstitutionally infringed on the right to bear arms under the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, where, under existing Federal law, the Second Amendment does not apply to the States, either through the guarantee of substantive due process under the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution or otherwise, and therefore imposes no limitations on the ability of the Legislature to regulate the possession of firearms and ammunition [232-235]; and where § 131L (a) does not make it impossible for a person licensed to possess firearms to rely on them for lawful self-defense, in that the statute does not require that firearms in the home be rendered and kept inoperable at all times or prohibit a licensed gun owner from carrying a loaded firearm in the home [235-237].

Regarding how the Second Amendment, even how the other amendments, apply to the states, Congressman Hice, apparently with no formal training in the law, proposes to instruct on how this works:

The fallacy in all of this is that the Bill of Rights is already binding upon states, whether they are ‘incorporated’ through the due process clause or not! They represent the basic rights of every American citizen and are not to be misrepresented by the Supreme Court of the United States or any other court. Nonetheless, within their misguided thinking process, the Massachusetts High Court exercised gross misjudgment and judicial activism, determining that they could totally ignore the Second Amendment and inflict whatever type of gun restrictions they wanted, without contradicting the U.S. Constitution. In their minds, the Second Amendment does not apply to states.

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 110). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

The history of how the Second Amendment came to be applied to the states is related in Michael Waldman’s book. Here’s an excerpt:

All knew the anticipated next step for gun rights advocates would be to seek a ruling that the Second Amendment’s individual right applied to the states. Most gun law is found in state statutes. Washington, D.C., is federal territory, ultimately under Congress’s jurisdiction; hence Heller. In Cruikshank, and then in Presser, the Supreme Court had been quite precise in holding that the Second Amendment did not apply to state governments. Of course, originally none of the Bill of Rights did, either. Courts began to enforce those rights throughout the twentieth century, by “incorporating” them through the Fourteenth Amendment, parts of which did apply to states. As of 1920, the guarantee of free speech and freedom of the press, the requirement for a search warrant, the requirement for just compensation when government seizes property, was deemed not to apply to states. By 2008, all did. Only a few provisions had not yet been “incorporated.” The Second Amendment’s individual right, newly proclaimed, was one of them.

Waldman, Michael (2014-05-20). The Second Amendment: A Biography (Kindle Locations 2214-2222). Simon & Schuster. Kindle Edition.

 

From the book notes: “Michael Waldman is president of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, a leading nonpartisan law and policy institute that focuses on improving the systems of democracy and justice.” I would recommend Congressman Hice read the book.

Congressman Hice raises a number of objections to otherwise sensible restrictions on gun ownership. For example:

By the way, where does the Constitution require registration prior to exercising the right to keep and bear arms? Additionally, why should a fee be required in order to keep or bear arms? Is the Bill of Rights only applicable if citizens jump through certain political hoops or pay certain fees?

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 110). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

Of course, the Constitution says no such thing. I’m thinking that the congressman made this statement without much forethought. Let me go further along his line of reasoning. Where does the Constitution require that conviction of bank robbery and and murder costs the felon his right to carry a Tommy gun into a bank? Where does the Constitution require that a first grader gives up his right to bring a loaded semi-automatic pistol to class? Congressman, the phrase “shall not be infringed” is not a suicide pact.

The history of the Second Amendment is rife with restrictions on gun ownership and carrying guns. Another example:

It was an odd opinion; McReynolds wrote poorly. Still, in broad outline, the Miller decision encompassed the history of the amendment: it traced the history of the militia, and the centrality of the debate over the perils of a standing army to the purpose of the Second Amendment. Its analysis of what kind of weapon could not banned did not, notably, say that the weapon needed to be useful to a militia in 1789— rather, the test was in 1939. The Court left little doubt where it stood on the purpose and scope of the Amendment, despite later revisionist claims to the contrary.

Waldman, Michael (2014-05-20). The Second Amendment: A Biography (Kindle Locations 1325-1329). Simon & Schuster. Kindle Edition.

Congressman (formerly Pastor) Hice continues to exhibit an odd view on world history:

Our Founders recognized that human rights do not derive, as many erroneously believe, from the government. Rather, our rights our conferred upon us by God.

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 113). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

Let’s consider for a moment that Congressman Hice is correct about what “Our Founders recognized.” In any event it is not true that “our rights our conferred upon us by God.” From all evidence, God is a creation of people living in the Eastern Mediterranean region about 3000 years ago. To say our rights were conferred by God is tantamount to saying these desert tribesmen conferred our rights upon us. Think it if you want, but it’s a stretch.

I will reprint the following for my readers’ amusement. Take it for what it’s worth:

A friend of mine, Gregory Howard, businessman and political activist, has a thoughtful consideration to the question. While on a radio show with me in May of 2008, he read his rendition of a constitutional meaning of the right to keep and bear arms. “Being that all powers of government are drawn from the Rights of the People; any weapon that is to be made available to any civilian government entity, whether it be local, state or federal, is to equally be made available to the citizens without license, tax or restriction of any kind.”[132] If the concept of this statement were fully understood, it would permanently forbid restrictions of certain weapons deemed unsuitable for the public, and place the governed on equal ground with the government. Would that be good or bad? No doubt, it would involve certain risk because it would potentially allow weapons to get into the possession of bad people. On the other hand, what is the intent of the Second Amendment? As things currently stand, both state and federal governments are armed with an unnumbered amount of high-tech weapons and surveillance equipment, while the general public is only allowed BB guns by comparison. This inequity is an even greater risk, and it represents a gamble that our Founders considered foolish!

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (pp. 113-114). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

Hice often writes without complete appreciation for known history. Here’s an item I found interesting:

Guns are neither the culprit nor the problem. Did anyone ever think to consider that if other gun-bearers had been present in Tuscan [sic] that January day, the massacre might not have happened?

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (pp. 116-117). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

The problem with Congressman Hice’s statement is it ignores reality. For example, John Hinkley fired six times at President Reagan, this while the President was being guarded by several armed Secret Service agents. None of the agents fired a shot. They subdued Hinkley by force and arrested him. Congressman Hice is invited to explain how any number of other armed men standing around Congresswoman Giffords would have reduced the death toll that day.

I will close this chapter with a final excerpt:

Theoretically, if you as a private citizen were facing a military or tyrannical government, would you want an ‘assault weapon’ or not? In light of the Constitution, the question should not be, “why would a private citizen want an assault weapon?” but, “why would the government not want people to have such weapons?”

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 118). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

 

Getting past any perceptions of acute paranoia exhibited in the foregoing, let me just mention that with this statement Congressman Hice has hit the nail on the head. Would I want an assault rifle or would I want a Saturday night special? Or even a military-issue .38 revolver, if they still do that? The answer is obvious, and here is a matter Second Amendment fans seldom think to bring up. Read the Second Amendment. Nowhere does it mention revolvers. Nowhere does it mention deer rifles. Nowhere does it mention shotguns. Nowhere does it mention guns. It mentions “arms.” It mentions a well-regulated militia. The Second Amendment wants us to have weapons of war. It wants us to have assault rifles. It wants us to have rocket launchers. It wants us to have 155 mm howitzers. It wants us to have a BLU-109B. Put that in your pocket and take it to the mall, honchos. And the rest is bullshit.

Coming next, Chapter Seven, “The Rise of America’s Police State.” This is going to be scary. You can bet on it.

Keep reading. And may Jesus have mercy on your soul.

Not Now, Jody

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Chapter Five

As mentioned, I’m spending some time reviewing  It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America by Georgia Congressman Jody Hice. Go back to the initial post to get my overview of the book and the lowdown on the front matter. I’m reviewing the book a chapter at a time. These reviews involve taking quotations from the book and providing appropriate comment. This is Chapter Five, titled “Religious Liberties Under Siege. ” Here’s how it starts:

In the early part of 2007 twelve high school students at Heritage High School in Vancouver, WA, were suspended for ten days. You might have heard about the calamity they created. These days, you have to wonder what drives kids to do the things they do. Obviously, these twelve were totally out of control… it was frightening! In a spirit of gang-like rebellion, these students did the unthinkable: something really horrible. The administration was forced to act quickly and squelch a possible uprising. What was their misbehavior? What led to a two-week ejection from campus? What named these twelve as potentially dangerous? It was prayer. They simply gathered to pray before school started. The students merely attempted to start a prayer club, but the school’s vice principal, Alex Otoupal, would not allow them to use a room on campus. Not to be deterred, they gathered in the cafeteria before classes. A Satanist student complained. As a result, the students were told by the vice principal that they could not pray inside the cafeteria, but would have to go outside. Keep in mind the temperature in Vancouver is very cold during the months of January and February. The students insisted on praying in the cafeteria before school because of the weather… and they were suspended for ten days.[87] Amazingly, a Satanist complains and Christians are kicked out into the cold, or suffer suspension! It seems clear from this account that the Vancouver School District considers Satanist students to be more harmless and more desirable than Christians. With seemingly mindless compliance, they allowed the Satanist to carry more weight and influence when it came to convincing school administrators what students are “good” or “bad.” Apparently, the administration feels obligated to beware of those dangerous Christians… but quite willing to carry out the “sensible” wishes of a Satanist instead!

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (pp. 91-92). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

I read this. I made a bet with myself. My bet was that then-Pastor Jody Hice was not being totally forthcoming (truthful). I won the bet. I lost the bet, because I was betting with myself. Here is what the Seattle Times had to say at the time:

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP)– A group of high school students suspended for refusing to move their morning prayer group from school grounds has returned to class.

Heritage High School suspended 11 students Friday after they ignored repeated orders to move the prayer group from the busy student commons, assistant superintendent Bill Bentley said. The group is not registered as a student-led group.

No mention is made of a Satanist.

There is the case of normal parents being sorely abused by our liberal legal system:

David and Tonia Parker are normal parents, living in the pleasant city of Lexington, Massachusetts. They are loving, hard working, and involved in the lives of their children. They could have never imagined the nightmare they were about to encounter in the spring of 2005. Jacob, their 6-year old kindergarten son, came home from school with two books promoting homosexuality. They were shocked; he was only 6 years old! Surely there must be some mistake. David started to make inquiry with the school administrators as to why they were promoting homosexual behavior to kindergarteners. The officials were obviously threatened by his questions and decided to resolve the issue. They had him arrested! How can that be? What was his crime? His crime was seeking answers as to why the school was so committed to indoctrinating kindergarten students with the homosexual lifestyle. For that, David Parker was arrested!

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (pp. 92-93). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

What, again? Another selective misreading of historical events? What did Congressman Hice get wrong? Let’s go to some sources. Start with the Huffpost Gay Voices blog. It’s Bound to have a different take:

 Writer and activist, social media organizer

David Parker, the Man Behind Frank Schubert’s Deceptive Multi-State Anti-Equality Ad

The marriage equality campaigns have been swift to respond to the virtually identical ad that is playing in four states right now. “Deceptive and debunked,” says Maine; “False,” says Maryland; “Misleading,” says Minnesota; “Dead wrong, outdated,” saysWashington.

Mainstream media will probably be reluctant to tell the truth about the man featured in the ad: David Parker. The truth is that Parker shares more common ground with Michele Bachmann and Pat Robertson than with the average soccer mom. He is a radical anti-gay activist. The record shows that Parker was spoiling for a fight long before he filed his twice-dismissed federal lawsuit against the Lexington Public Schools. As a precursor to his lawsuit Parker orchestrated his own arrest at his child’s school over the book “incident,” an act he described in his own words as “civil disobedience”:

The Boston Globe supplies additional background:

US Supreme Court refuses Lexington case

Parents challenge gay-related books

By Lisa Keen

Globe Correspondent / October 9, 2008

The US Supreme Court refused this week to hear the appeal of two Lexington couples who said the inclusion of gayrelated books on a public school’s reading list violated their First Amendment right to free exercise of religion.

Parker v. Hurley was one of nearly 2,000 cases whose petitions for review the high court rejected on Monday, the first day of the 2008-09 session.

In that case, the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit had rejected the parents’ argument that the Lexington public school district should have given them prior notice that it was going to include books that include gay families on their student reading lists.

The parents – David and Tonia Parker and Joseph and Robin Wirthlin – said they believe their constitutional rights to free exercise of religion, as well as parental and privacy rights, require they be given a chance to exempt their children from receiving the bag of books or hearing the books read aloud in class. The books are not required reading.

David Parker was arrested for trespassing at Estabrook Elementary School in April 2005, when he refused to leave the building until school officials promised to give him prior notification of their use of books that include homosexual characters.

Congressman Hice cites numerous sources. The book contains 270 end notes, many with links to the references. In this example the congressman cites “Bob Unruh, “Judge Orders ‘gay’ agenda taught to Christian children,” WorldNetDaily, February 24, 2007, http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=54420.” The source is World Net Daily. The pertinent page is enlightening:

A federal judge in Massachusetts has ordered the “gay” agenda taught to Christians who attend a public school in Massachusetts, finding that they need the teachings to be “engaged and productive citizens.”

U.S. District Judge Mark L. Wolf yesterday dismissed a civil rights lawsuit brought by David Parker, ordering that it is reasonable, indeed there is an obligation, for public schools to teach young children to accept and endorse homosexuality.

Wolf essentially adopted the reasoning in a brief submitted by a number of homosexual-advocacy groups, who said “the rights of religious freedom and parental control over the upbringing of children … would undermine teaching and learning…”

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Hice brings up Innaiah Narisetti, chairman of the Center for Inquiry. He cites “Peter J. Smith, ‘Religious Education by Parents is “Child Abuse,’ Center for Inquiry Proposal, June 18, 2007, http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2007/jun/07061805.html.” That link has gone stale. I found this, instead:

Religious Education by Parents is “Child Abuse”: Center for Inquiry Proposal
LifeSiteNews ^ | 6/18/07 | Peter J. Smith

Posted on 6/18/2007, 4:36:09 PM by wagglebee

NEW YORK, June 18, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Religious education is a form of child abuse and violates the rights of children, contends a thesis to be considered by secular humanists at the Center for Inquiry’s congress in Beijing this October.

The Center for Inquiry, an organisation recently awarded special consultative status as an NGO at the United Nations (UN) will consider the proposals of Innaiah Narisetti, the chairman of the Center for Inquiry’s India chapter, that portend the next stage in the assault on the rights of parents to educate their children.

Narisetti called the influence of religion a “severe shortcoming in the global campaign to protect children” and a contributor to child abuse saying, “In one form or another, all religions violate the rights of children.”

“Such abuse begins with the involuntary involvement of children in religious practices from the time they are born,” says Narisetti. “All religions, through ritual, preaching, and religious texts, seek to bring children into day-to-day religious practice.”

“This gives holy books and scriptures, as well as those who teach them, an early grip on the developing minds of young people, leaving an indelible impression on them,” said Narisetti, calling Sunday schools, madrassas, or Jewish or Hindu temples, centers of indoctrination for children.

Nasiretti’s [sic] proposal would reject the long-recognized inherent rights of parents to educate and provide for their children’s religious instruction in favor of regulating children’s exposure to religious influence by world governments abiding by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Which contains the gist of Narisetti’s position. Narisetti’s proposal would definitely be alarming to Pastor Hice. Indoctrination of minor children into narrow religious belief was a large part of his former profession.

On the surface Narisetti seems to be entirely correct. If truth matters in today’s world, then convincing children at an early age of a vast body of bull shit is not going to be beneficial. Pastor Hice is going to come back with the wagon loads of morality bathed in this tub of hog wash. He’s going to mention:

  1. Don’t screw around outside of your marriage.
  2. Respect your parents.
  3. Don’t steal people’s stuff.
  4. Don’t kill people.
  5. Don’t tell things that are not true.
  6. Give others the respect you want from them.
  7. Don’t work on Saturday.

Except for maybe items 5 and 6. Item 5 has already gone by the board when you start telling people about a magical person in the sky. Item 6 is what gets discussed a lot in this book. Item 7? Who are we kidding?

But, yeah, not only Pastor Hice, but Congressman Hice is going to be displeased with what Narisetti has to say.

This chapter gets around to the matter of former Navy Chaplain Gordon James Klingenschmitt:

Still not convinced? Surely you have heard of my good friend and American hero, former Navy Chaplain Lt. Gordon James Klingenschmitt. He too, was guilty of committing a horrendous crime. As a chaplain, he actually prayed in Jesus’ name. For that incredibly vile act, he was booted out of the Navy, lost over one million dollars of retirement benefits, and was nationally disgraced. After numerous efforts for appeals and an injunction from superiors, a ruling from the District of Columbia Court of Appeals concluded that he had not met “the stringent standards required for an injunction pending appeal.”[93] Slam! His Christian prayers in Jesus’ name were officially deemed criminal and would not be tolerated.

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (pp. 94-95). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

I have touched on Chaplain Klingenschmitt before. He does not come off exactly as Congressman Hice lays him out. Here is what I saw and linked to previously:

Some of the old timers here may remember Klingenschmitt. He posted here for a while during the developing scandal that led to his court marshal and eventual discharge from the Navy. He was a huge embarrassment to the Navy due to (among other things) his appearances in uniform at political protests against the Navy that were staged in front of the White House. I’m sure he thought he could find sympathy and support on the military.com discussion boards, but he didn’t get much of either here. He left in disgust after several of us told him how disgraceful and dishonorable his behavior had been.

After his discharge he went on the lecture circuit for a while with his fellow religious right martyr figure, ousted Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, the “Ten Commandments Judge”. This message has been edited. Last edited by: BPCR45_90, Thu 10 November 2011 09:36 AM

I’m thinking Congressman Hice needs to revisit item 5 in the list above.

Chapter Five is loaded with examples provided by Congressman Hice. I only drilled down on a fraction of the total. After coming up dry so many times, I’m going to quit throwing good money after bad and wrap up this chapter.

Coming up next: Chapter Six, “The Second Amendment Disarmed .” It’s going to be some hot stuff.

Keep reading. And may Jesus have mercy on your soul.

Not Now, Jody

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Chapter Four

As mentioned, I’m spending some time reviewing  It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America by Georgia Congressman Jody Hice. Go back to the initial post to get my overview of the book and the lowdown on the front matter. I’m reviewing the book a chapter at a time. These reviews involve taking quotations from the book and providing appropriate comment. This is Chapter Four, titled “The Truth About Hate Crimes” Here’s how it starts:

For instance, there is much talk these days about “hate crimes” legislation and various related bills, such as ENDA (Employment Non-Discrimination Act). The outcome of these bills will have horrible consequences if they become law. So bizarre has the conflict become, that elected representatives in Washington, D.C. actually attached a hate crime bill to the Defense Authorization spending bill. By so doing, they associated ‘hate crimes’ with terrorism. This was nothing but a politically correct way of saying, “those who disagree with the liberal, radical, left-wing agenda have

the same mentality of terrorists, and need to be dealt with accordingly.”

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (pp. 82-83). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

I’m going to say this just about dispenses with Congressman Jody Hice’s thinking there is no such thing as a hate crime.

Surprise, surprise! Bleeding heart liberal that I am, I have one agreement with Congressman Hice. The concept of hate crimes is redundant. Then-governor George Bush of Texas famously spoke in a debate with presidential opponent Al Gore back in 2000. This was concerning a particularly gruesome murder of a black man in Texas. With as little adroit as could possibly be mustered, our governor stated there was no need for a hate crime. These murderers were going, themselves, to be murdered by the state of Texas. And he gave a little chuckle.

The problems I have with legislating hate crimes are:

  • This places an extra burden on the prosecution. The prosecution needs to prove something more than the facts of the case. Proof is needed of what was in the mind of the accused.
  • It’s superfluous. The act itself is a crime without the added charge.
  • People will be prosecuted for something that is likely protected under the Constitution. We do not require that people like each other. We just require they get along.

Fortunately for this writer, Congressman Hice has few bounds when he arranges to set his thoughts to hard copy. For example:

Unfortunately, there is an eerie silence from Washington about the real nature and purpose of hate crime legislation. It is not about protecting a discriminated class of Americans, in particular, homosexuals. Truthfully, there is no significant national problem of unfairness or harm against the gay and lesbian community. In fact, in many ways they already enjoy more rights and freedoms than other Americans. Take, for example, the partially taxpayer funded Hedonistic Folsom Street Fair held in San Francisco during September. Over 400,000 people attended the despicable event. Matt Barber, currently with Liberty Counsel but previously, Policy Director for Cultural Issues for Concerned Women for America (CWA) said, “we have photographic evidence that the San Francisco government suspends indecency and child abuse laws for a day allowing fair goers to parade the streets of San Francisco, fully nude, engaging in illegal public sex while tax-payer funded police stand-by and do nothing. Children are allowed to-and do-attend this event and are exposed to this activity which is illegal child abuse.”[78] What other group could get away with such unlawful behavior and enjoy police protection for so doing? They have become “untouchable” from a political or public point of view.

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 83). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

I have to say, I went to the site, and I viewed the photos. There definitely are some people with an overwrought obsession for things leather. Little doubt is left there are people doing things in public that would best be left for the privacy of one’s home. Some of these people really ought to be ashamed of themselves. I am sure if Congressman Hice were made king for a day he would put an end to all of this.

And there, as one might say, is the rub. There is a lot here to do with Congressman Hice’s personal preference and not as much about what may really be wrong with this country.

Beyond that, the congressman rightly points out that the incidence of hate crime is minuscule in relation to the total crime problem. Then—and this is why I enjoyed so much reviewing this book—the congressman takes that extra step:

Based on these facts, where is the justification for “hate crime” legislation? Why is no one in Congress proclaiming the truth about these people and their horrible “woes?” All we hear about is their persecution, the discrimination they face and the desperate need they have for police and law enforcement protection. We are told that millions of tax dollars should be spent for this legislation in order equip and hire the adequate law enforcement needed to stop the bloodshed.

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 85). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

Did he say “millions of tax dollars?” Does he really mean extra police officers will be needed? In all fairness, Pastor Hice wrote this before he was actually elected to public office with the aim toward making our country’s laws. His job as pastor of a Bethlehem, Georgia, church was not sufficient preparation in the ways of the world. In all fairness, the people of Georgia District 10 may not have been aware of this when they voted for Pastor Hice, sending him to Washington to make law.

Again, Congressman Hice points out the paucity of actual hate crime prosecutions. Again he goes a little hyperbolic:

We are entering an era in American history where people are going to be criminalized for a particular belief system they embrace. The outcry for protecting homosexuals and gender-confused people is manufactured. You must look beyond the “politically correct” hullabaloo. If there is no statistical problem, then why are millions of dollars being offered to “protect” 151 people? Again, protecting 151 people is not the concern. The real effort is to criminalize millions of Americans who do not accept the lifestyle or worldview of that these 151 represent. The goal is to create fear through threat of punishment and thereby, silence opponents. By so doing, the influence of those who hold to traditional moral values will be squelched, and the liberal, sexually twisted agenda of the Left will march forward, unchallenged. That is what “hate crime” legislation is about; it is not about protecting 151 people!

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 86). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

“The real effort is to criminalize millions of Americans who do not accept the lifestyle or worldview of that these 151 represent.” Millions of Americans are going to perpetrate crimes against 151 people? Surely Congressman Hice did not mean to say exactly that. We can only hope. We can only hope that millions of Americans are right now not preparing to attack, brutalize, murder homosexual and transgender individuals in any number.

“By so doing, the influence of those who hold to traditional moral values will be squelched, and the liberal, sexually twisted agenda of the Left will march forward, unchallenged.” Hate crime legislation is meant to keep people from challenging the “sexually twisted agenda of the Left?” Congressman Hice omits any description of how hate crime legislation is going to keep himself, as well as millions of others, from speaking out against anything to which they object. Assaulting, brutalizing, murdering maybe. A look at actual hate crime legislation hints that nobody is convicted of a hate crime unless an otherwise unlawful act is also involved. Does Congressman Hice miss this point? Does he hope his readers do?

The congressman advances into a discussion of employment discrimination:

Not only are we fighting hate crime legislation, but also a host of other related bills are pending, such as ENDA, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Just as hate crime legislation is not about crimes, ENDA is not about stopping discrimination in the workplace. The evidence of sexual-oriented discrimination is horribly lacking. Nonetheless, if ENDA goes through and we protect this ‘special’ group of people by claiming them to be disadvantaged and discriminated against in the workplace; then private businesses will be forced by law to accommodate homosexual and transgender activity, thus legitimizing their lifestyle. Why not do the same with other classes of people, Christians for instance?

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 87). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

His reasoning is not clear. At one point he notes that employment discrimination hardly exists. Then he says employers will no longer be able to do what they are hardly doing already. Further, such legislation will work to make the lifestyles of homosexuals and transgenders acceptable. Sort of like making interracial marriage acceptable (adding my own translation).

Contrary to all the hullabaloo regarding homosexuals and transgenders, it’s really Christians who are receiving the brunt of anti-discrimination legislation. To be sure, Congressman Hice cites the case of Christian minister Mark Holick:

Discrimination cases against Christians have become too numerous to count. Pastor Mark Holick went to a homosexual event in Wichita, Kansas in July 2007. He wanted to give away Christian literature and to silently pray while the event was taking place. There was a small fee for entrance into the event park. Holick did not enter. Instead, he intended to stay outside the park on a public sidewalk. Several days prior to the event, he went to the Police Department and informed them of his plans. He obtained official permission to proceed with his objective. One high-ranking officer assured him that he would encounter no problems, saying, “the sidewalk is your friend.” What he experienced was alarming. Within three minutes of his arrival on the morning of the event, Mark Holick was arrested for “trespassing” on a public sidewalk, while hundreds of other people on the same sidewalk were allowed to “trespass.” An obvious question is, “How can you trespass on a public sidewalk?” but off to jail he went! This situation comes much closer to an authentic “hate crime” than does the fabricated accusations touted by the media in defense of homosexuality.[83] In this case, Mark Holick’s Constitutional rights were clearly violated.

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (pp. 87-88). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

The Wichita Eagle provides some background:

A judge ordered a Wichita pastor to stay away from the Islamic Society of Wichita, as part of a sentence for loitering and disrupting business.

Sedgwick County District Judge Phil Journey this morning sentenced Mark Holick to serve 12 months unsupervised probation, pay $300 in fines and stay at least 1,000 feet from the Islamic Center, where he was arrested in August 2010.

Holick, pastor of Spirit One Christian Ministry, and more than a dozen followers had gone to the Islamic Center as members there were trying to celebrate the holy month of Ramadan. Holick said they were there to hand out Bibles. Police said he was causing a disturbance and blocking access to the center.

Police had said they asked Holick to move to a public sidewalk. In one instance, cited by Journey, Holick marched in place in response to police orders to move.

“The only reason you were the one arrested is because you were the only one who disobeyed the police orders,” Journey told Holick.

It would appear a lot of what Congressman Hice says is contrary to known facts. Are we surprised? We shouldn’t be. If all suspicions are correct, the congressman also believes a magical person in the sky sent himself, disguised has his own son, to this planet in order that his son (himself) could be tortured and killed to redeem the sin committed by two imaginary people about 6000 years ago. Once you get past that you can believe all kinds of stuff.

Congressman Hice recounts a case that highlights a number of interesting points: Here is a lengthy quote:

A case of attempted robbery has revealed that hate-crimes laws are not about “hate” but about enshrining homosexual behavior into law. Anthone Fortunato lured 28-year-old Michael Sandy to a New York City beach to rob him. Fortunato and some other men chased Sandy into a street, where he was struck by a car and killed. Fortunato said that he had selected Sandy because he thought a gay man would be an easier target. As a result, he was charged with murder as a hate crime. Interestingly enough, Fortunato testified in court that he too, is gay.

Nonetheless, prosecutors argue that Fortunato’s sexual preference is irrelevant because New York law can convict defendants of hate crimes even if they bear no actual hatred for their victim.[84] Did you get that? A person can be convicted of a hate crime, even if there is no hate involved! The law merely requires “that they singled out a person for a violent act because of some belief or stereotype about that person’s ethnicity, gender, religion, age, disability or sexual orientation.”[85] The judge agreed with that interpretation!

Bruce Hausknecht, a judicial analyst for Focus on the Family Action, said this case proves hate-crimes laws are not about hate. “If you can be prosecuted for a hate crime without demonstrating any hate for the victim, and you even belong to the same protected class as the victim, then all of the publicly touted reasons advanced by liberals for the necessity of these types of laws are pure fabrications designed to cover up their political motivations.”[86] This case demonstrates that “hate” is not the issue. The point of hate-crime laws is to normalize a certain lifestyle; it is about forcing the American public into acceptance of humanistic ideology. The attempt is to force all public aspects: politics, business, education and religious organizations, to accept something that might not otherwise, be accepted.

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 89). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

Now, that’s interesting. Fortunato sought to rob Sandy. Sandy got killed in the process. A crime was committed. Fortunato was charged with that crime. Then he was charged with an additional crime. Congressman Hice has a point here. No hate may have been involved. Maybe Fortunato did not hate Sandy. Maybe Fortunato actually liked Sandy. That’s why he robbed him. Because Fortunato liked him. That’s what people do when they like somebody. They rob (and kill) them.

Of course I’m being facetious. Hate crimes may be a silly idea, but Hice has some silly ideas of his own. The American Justice system is being used to force people to do something—accept people the way they are—that would not otherwise do. That’s not the job of the American justice system. That’s the job of people such as Pastor Hice, leader of a Christian congregation in Bethlehem, Georgia. Whatever happened to the principle of Christian love and acceptance? Is it a myth on the same order as hate crimes?

Coming up next: Chapter Four, “Religious Liberties Under Siege ” It’s going to be interesting.

Keep reading. And may Jesus have mercy on your soul.

Not Now, Jody

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Chapter Three

I’m spending some time reviewing  It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America by Georgia Congressman Jody Hice. Go back to the original post to get my overview of the book and the lowdown on the front matter. This is Chapter Three, titled “Marriage: It’s Not About Love.”

As always, I’m going to review this chapter by posting selected quotes from the book and adding my own comments. Here’s for starters:

The battle over marriage will determine the future survival of America.

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 59). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

Absolutely correct, Congressman Hice. The economy, threats of thermonuclear war, these are nothing compared to the threat of the battle over marriage.

No, wait. That can’t be true. There must more more to what the congressman from Georgia is saying. Let’s read further:

Those who oppose a traditional view of marriage would like us to believe that it is a modern debate with no historical backing other than tradition. Well, it is certainly true that marriage is steeped in tradition throughout the entire world, both from the perspective of religious teaching and from the manifest natural function of male and female. No scientific study or research is necessary in order to realize that even from the most simplistic understanding, none of us would exist without the natural and biological role of a marriage-like union.

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 60). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

No scientific study or research is necessary? I’m glad to hear that, because I was preparing to launch into a lengthy and expensive program to scientifically research the role of marriage-like unions have played in our origins. Politics and religion, combined, work wonders toward resolving crucial issues facing today’s society. Why we ever fooled around with science in the first place I will never know.

The commentary somehow morphs into a discussion of homosexuality:

Upon being accidentally ‘discovered’ in a sexual act, he was convicted by the state and in return, Michael Hardwick filed a lawsuit and actually won his case in federal court. The state of Georgia appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court and there, Hardwick’s challenge was rejected. The Court concluded that there is no substantive due process right when it comes to acts of sodomy (478 U.S. 186).[52] The Court, by a 5-4 decision, held that the Georgia statute was constitutional and that the U.S. Constitution does not protect the right of homosexual adults to engage in private, consensual sodomy.[53] No doubt, the ruling was a blow to the homosexual agenda, but it also was a landmark challenge because it marked the beginning of homosexuals publicly ‘coming out of the closet’ and the beginning of organized attempts to dethrone the traditional view of marriage.

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 61). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

Yes, there was a time when the government could control things people did that concerned only their personal lives. Today we are hearing voices for a return to those times.

What has Congressman Hice so concerned is the more recent loss in government power over our lives. Imagine that! Here is a lengthy quote from the book:

The year 2003 will be remembered as a devastating year for marriage. It was then that a couple of cases rocked America’s cultural world. The first ‘shocker’ was a major judicial decision that reversed and confused a legal understanding of marriage. Further, it marked the beginning of a rapid departure from the heretofore, uncompromised legal commitment to protect America’s family unit. Highly recognized as a breakthrough case, Lawrence v. Texas produced a moral earthquake created by Supreme Court Justices who, out of thin air, contrived a constitutional basis for homosexual behavior and laid the groundwork for reshaping marriage, and for criminalizing those who support its traditional meaning. The case involved two men who were convicted of violating the sodomy laws of Texas. They appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court and this time, the Bowers v. Hardwick ruling was overturned and the High Court held that the Texas statute violated the liberty interests of the 14th Amendment pertaining to substantive due process (123 S.Ct. 2472).[54] In other words, with no previous precedent whatsoever and with an attitude set on vacating the Bowers decision, the Court determined that homosexual sodomy is a fundamental right with full protection under the U.S. Constitution. There is no doubt this was a massive departure from American jurisprudence and it transmitted indescribable damage to marriage as well as the culture as a whole. Homosexual advocates were now emboldened and constitutionally empowered to redefine marriage and American morality.

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (pp. 61-62). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

It is obvious to all who will see that government should not interfere with people’s daily lives, unless those people are doing something we find disgusting. I was momentarily confused on that point.

What else has Congressman Hice to tell and amaze us? How about the limits of government:

In other words, with no previous precedent whatsoever and with an attitude set on vacating the Bowers decision, the Court determined that homosexual sodomy is a fundamental right with full protection under the U.S. Constitution.

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 62). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

Yes, the Constitution contains no language similar to, “People will have the right to engage in homosexual behavior.” The Constitution does not have language allowing us to purchase apples, but we get by with it anyhow. Congressman Hice has missed the point that the Constitution allows people to do much of what they want unless there is a law restricting those actions, and the law needs to have a real reason for being. Disliking a particular activity does not amount to a legitimate reason for legal proscription. This should be a foundation conservative principle.

Eventually Congressman Hice gets around to what is really eating at him:

As is so evident by the facts, the people of America want marriage between one man and one woman to be protected. Largely, the onslaught that is taking place is derived through judicial activism and by so doing; they have been able to bypass the voice of the people.

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (pp. 66-67). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

Yes, it’s traditional marriage that is threatened by the homosexual agenda. And the mechanism is evident for all to see. Look, if two guys get married, and nobody objects, and they are not thrown in jail and prepped for hanging, then bad things are just down the road. Bill and Martha, happily (they think) married for 10 years are going to look at each other and start thinking. Bill is going to say, “Look at Fred and Ernie. They’re happily married. Is it possible we’ve been missing something all these years?” Divorce court is just a few steps away. Be warned, America.

The congressman points out the true danger and the intent of the homosexual agenda:

The Gay Rights Agenda: Destroying America

In 1987, Michael Swift wrote and [sic] article known as the ‘Gay Revolutionary.’ The article was submitted to the Gay Community News (GCN), an important magazine within the gay community. Although the views expressed by Swift may not represent everyone in the gay lifestyle, it certainly represents a significant number. These shocking words by Michael Swift have been considered part of the ‘gay manifesto’ by many, and reveal the radical agenda that is currently threatening our nation.

“We shall sodomize your sons, emblems of your feeble masculinity, of your shallow dreams and vulgar lies. We shall seduce them in your schools, in your dormitories, in your gymnasiums, in your locker rooms, in your sports arenas, in your seminaries, in your youth groups, in your movie theater bathrooms, in your army bunkhouses, in your truck stops, in your all-male clubs, in your houses of Congress, wherever men are with men together. Your sons shall become our minions and do our bidding. They will be recast in our image. They will come to crave and adore us.

The family unit—spawning ground of lies, betrayals, mediocrity, hypocrisy, and violence—will be abolished. The family unit, which only dampens imagination and curbs free will, must be eliminated.

All churches who condemn us will be closed. Our only gods are handsome young men.”[60] (Italics added for emphasis)

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (pp. 69-70). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

What a horrific indictment. And in the very words of homosexual activist Michael Swift. Is it possible Congressman Hice failed to notice this was a bit of 28-year-old satire?

Ironically, or maybe not ironically, this is the very text that caught my attention last May and motivated me to purchase Congressman Hice’s fabulous book:

That’s well and good, but what has the politician from Georgia said recently? For one, it’s not all that recent, and for another it’s not what the congressman said. It’s what he wrote. In 2012 the congressman published a book, It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America. That’s an interesting title, and it appears to speak to a worthwhile cause. Reclaim America. Like, America was pawned. I always suspected that, and Congressman Hice seems to be on the same page with me. In particular, Congressman Hice is terribly concerned, as we all are, about the gay rights agenda. Gay rights agenda, indeed! Gay, indeed! Rights, indeed! We can all concur there are just too many rights floating around.

Here is what the congressman had to say about the gay rights agenda:

There followed the above book quote, and the rest is history.

Hice points to the case of Julea Ward as an example of the homosexual agenda in action, although the connection is never made to any organized homosexual movement:

Through harassment and attempts to silence any opposing viewpoint, it is safe to say that the homosexual movement wants to eliminate free speech. Julea Ward’s case is but one of many yet, it represents dozens of similar attempts to silence opposing opinions. She was a graduate student at Eastern Michigan University’s (EMU) School of Counseling. Julea is a Christian and the counseling department at EMU, in contrast to Julea’s beliefs, required students to affirm homosexual behavior when counseling. For instance, the school forbids students from suggesting to gay clients that they can refrain from such conduct. When Julea enrolled in a counseling practicum class in January of 2009, the conflict came to a head.

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 71). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

The Huffington Post relates how the case was settled with a monetary award to Julea Ward:

The Eastern Michigan University (EMU) student who was reportedly expelled from a counseling program because of her views on gay and lesbian lifestyles has resolved her legal battle.

As the Detroit Free Press is reporting, EMU announced it had settled a 2009 lawsuit filed by Julea Ward, a former student who had been enrolled in a masters’ counseling program when she asked her superiors to refer a gay client to someone else.

“EMU has made the decision that is in the best interest of its students and the taxpayers of the state of Michigan to resolve the litigation rather than continue to spend money on a costly trial,” Walter Kraft, EMU’s vice president for communications, said in a written statement.

Ward will reportedly be given a $75,000 settlement from the university.

The congressman exhibits an amount of disconnect with established law. He cites additional cases that purport to show insult to religious liberty:

Other examples are abundant. Take for example Elaine Huguenin, a Christian photographer from New Mexico. Because of her religious convictions, she declined a request to photograph a lesbian ‘commitment’ ceremony. A complaint was filed with the New Mexico Human Rights Commission and Mrs. Huguenin was found guilty of ‘sexual orientation discrimination.’ She had to pay nearly $7,000.00 in fees. I suppose we are to conclude that a private company no longer has the right to decide the type of business they choose to do! This is like forcing a vegetarian to attend a ‘beef slaughtering convention’ or forcing an African American to participate in a KKK meeting! We would never think of making someone do something against his or her will, or in opposition to deeply held convictions. Apparently this is not true when it comes to the homosexual movement versus Christians. It now appears that gay rights ‘trump’ the constitutional right of religious liberty.[62]

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 72). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

The New Mexico company was doing business publicly, and as such was subject to that state’s extension of the national public accommodations act of 1964. Please follow the link and read the text of the act. The 1964 federal law did not specify sexual orientation as one of the protected classes. Apparently the New Mexico law did. Being open for business to the public in New Mexico incurred the requirement not to discriminate. For example, this law could be used to force black people to participate in KKK meetings.

No, wait again.

The logic of Congressman Jody Hice of the Georgia 10th District is a wonder to behold. Allow me to pause for a moment until my breath comes back to me.

Congressman Hice, as I have noted before and will surely note many times in the future, has a curious view of our legal system:

One need look no further than Proposition 8 in California to see the frightening trend of judges overruling the people, even after they have followed the painstaking process to submit an Amendment to their state constitution.

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 73). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

No. What has happened here, in the eyes of the law, is that the people of California, in their infinite wisdom, have passed a law (by means of a proposition) that is in violation of a superseding law. The courts have ruled correctly. They must rule over which laws take precedence in case of a conflict. Else we would not need judges.

The congressman from Georgia next launches into an assessment of the homosexual life style, which assessment you will need to read for yourself by purchasing the book or checking it out from a library. Short of that I will email you the pertinent text on request.

Traditional marriage must be defended states Congressman Hice:

Why Marriage Must be Defended

The three key institutions of any healthy society include the family, the church and government. These three are ordained by God and have been recognized as the building blocks for the American experiment. Of the three, family is the basic building block. It is the foundation for society and if the family fails, the other two will collapse also. Taking this truth further, at the heart of ‘family’ is marriage; and if marriage is destroyed, the family is likewise ruined. Yet, for the past five or six decades a relentless attempt to weaken the family has ensued and we are now reaping the shocking results. In 1960 only 5% of babies born were to single mothers; today the figure is about 40%! The most recent figures from the CDC are from 2007. Births to single mothers in 2007 were 26% higher than in 2002; 2.5 times the number reported in 1980; and 19 times the estimate for 1940!

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 78). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

I may agree with the congressman’s three points, except for the part about needing the church. I understand the congressman is also pastor of a church and has devoted a lot of his life to that enterprise. However, this in no way voids the fact that society can get along very well without having people like Pastor Hice, with no superior knowledge in such matters, telling other people how to live their lives. Putting the word Pastor in front of your name does not instill in you with a magical resistance to human vice. I have known of too many such people who have committed murder and any number of lesser offenses. A person’s worth is what he can demonstrate, not what he pretends to be.

“[I]f marriage is destroyed, the family is likewise ruined.” [page 77] The premise is that marriage will be destroyed. Nobody has demonstrated how this mechanism works. A strong family absent marriage: this is an arguable point.

Congressman Hice cites the NARTH Institute:

Conversely, children reared in gay homes indicate that girls become more masculine and boys become more feminized behaviorally. They were also more likely to experiment with homosexuality than those reared in heterosexual households. Further, other significant physical and emotional health risks of gays including reduced lifespan, suicidal tendencies, drug and alcohol abuse, depression, and domestic violence, makes for a potentially unsafe environment for children. He concluded by saying, “Regarding gender complementarity and child-rearing, tradition and science agree: mothers and fathers provide optimal development for children.”[74]

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (pp. 78-79). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

The reference cited (74) is to an item from the NARTH Institute. The congressman picks as a reference an organization with dubious qualifications related to matters of sexual research:

The National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH), also known as the NARTH Institute, is an organization that offers conversion therapy and other regimens that purport to change the sexual orientation of individuals who experience unwanted same-sex attraction. NARTH has been described by a Christian ministry group as a ministry partner that is “a multi-disciplinary professional and scientific organization dedicated to the service of persons who experience unwanted homosexual (same-sex) attractions (SSA)”.[1] NARTH was founded in 1992 by Joseph Nicolosi, Benjamin Kaufman, and Charles Socarides. Its headquarters are in Encino, California, at the Thomas Aquinas Psychological Clinic. Julie Hamilton is the current president of NARTH.[2] NARTH’s leaders disagree with the holding of the world’s major mental health organizations that homosexuality is not a disorder.

The congressman does a lot of stuff like this throughout his book. His book is not to be taken as a reference source but rather as 229 pages (plus notes) of the author’s innermost wishes.

His opinions continually run afoul of the facts:

Marriage is defined as the uniting of a man and woman in the holy state of matrimony because that is in the best interest of society.

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 79). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

No, it is not. Marriage under United States law and under the law of most nations is a personal contract between people, said contract in recent history being recognized by civil government. Even in Bible stories people were not married in the church. Church involvement in Western civilization is less than 1000 years old. Especially in England, the place of my ancestors, the Catholic church got involved in marriage only after deciding there was some action going on there (marriage contracts) that could benefit church control and church coffers. Regardless of what Pastor Hice may think, “holy matrimony” is a recent invention and does not have a lot of history in the Christian or Jewish church.

After repeating that redefining marriage will produce disastrous results, Pastor Hice concludes Chapter Three with this:

Marriage is God-ordained and God-made; it is not a man-made creation but an ‘inalienable ordinance.’

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 81). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

Again wrong. Absent God (a demonstrable truth) marriage cannot possibly be god-ordained. Something else demonstrable is that marriage is man-made. Marriage existed before God and still exists in places that never heard of the God of Abraham. And all the rest is bullshit.

Coming next, Chapter Four, “The Truth About Hate Crimes.” This should be interesting. Of course I already know, because I read the book.

Keep reading. And may Jesus have mercy on your soul.

Not Now, Jody

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Chapter Two

As mentioned, I’m spending some time reviewing  It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America by Georgia Congressman Jody Hice. Go back to the initial post to get my overview of the book and the lowdown on the front matter. I’m reviewing the book a chapter at a time. These reviews comprise taking quotations from the book and providing appropriate comment. This is Chapter Two, titled “Bigger Than Life.” Here’s how it starts:

No doubt you are very concerned with the direction of our nation or you would not be reading this book. More than likely, among other key issues, you believe in the sanctity of life.

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 40). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

Actually, I’m reading this book because I promised to review it and to post the review on the Skeptical Analysis blog. A lot of this chapter seems to be concerned with the matter of abortion rights (or not) in this country. Congressman Hice cites some pertinent statistics:

I must state the obvious in no uncertain terms. We are in a life and death struggle! Since the legalization of abortion in 1973, America has averaged about 1.2 million abortions per year.

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (pp. 40-41). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

These numbers are in line with my own Internet research. Hice wants to take additional issue with these numbers:

A child is multiple-times more likely to die in the womb than are American soldiers in combat.

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 42). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

This is true and even more so. The womb is a dangerous place for human life, abortion notwithstanding.

A miscarriage is the loss of a baby before the 20th week of pregnancy.

According to the March of Dimes, as many as 50% of all pregnancies end in miscarriage — most often before a woman misses a menstrual period or even knows she is pregnant. About 15% of recognized pregnancies will end in a miscarriage.

More than 80% of miscarriages occur within the first three months of pregnancy. They are less likely to occur after 20 weeks’ gestation; if they do, they are called late miscarriages.

So Congressman Hice’s statement has little meaning taken by itself. What matters to the congressman and to a number of other politicians, as well as a vast number of genuinely-concerned voters, is artificially induced abortions. A little research shows this (from Guttmacher Institute):

  • Half of pregnancies among American women are unintended, and about four in 10 of these end in abortion.
  • About half of American women will have an unintended pregnancy, and nearly 3 in 10 will have an abortion, by age 45.
  • The overall U.S. unintended pregnancy rate increased slightly between 1994 and 2008, but unintended pregnancy increased 55% among poor women, while decreasing 24% among higher-income women.
  • Overall, the abortion rate decreased 8% between 2000 and 2008, but abortion increased 18% among poor women, while decreasing 28% among higher-income women.
  • Some 1.06 million abortions were performed in 2011, down from 1.21 million abortions in 2008, a decline of 13%.
  • The number of U.S. abortion providers declined 4% between 2008 (1,793) and 2011 (1,720). The number of clinics providing abortion services declined 1%, from 851 to 839. Eighty-nine percent of all U.S. counties lacked an abortion clinic in 2011; 38% of women live in those counties.
  • Nine in 10 abortions occur in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.
  • A broad cross section of U.S. women have abortions:

58% are in their 20s;

61% have one or more children;

56% are unmarried and not cohabiting;

69% are economically disadvantaged; and

73% report a religious affiliation.

Guttmacher Institute has additional information of interest. First New York:

In New York, 441,800 of the 4,044,241 women of reproductive age became pregnant in 2011. 55% of these pregnancies resulted in live births and 31% in induced abortions.

Then Pennsylvania:

In Pennsylvania, 212,400 of the 2,434,698 women of reproductive age became pregnant in 2011. 67% of these pregnancies resulted in live births and 17% in induced abortions.

And now Georgia, Congressman Hice’s home state:

In Georgia, 197,300 of the 2,077,660 women of reproductive age became pregnant in 2011. 67% of these pregnancies resulted in live births and 18% in induced abortions.

I picked Georgia out of the database as a starter. Then I picked New York and Pennsylvania as not representative of Georgia’s religiosity. Notoriously secular New York does lead in induced abortions. Pennsylvania, no semblance to a red-neck state, would appear more averse to abortion. Georgia, maybe not the buckle of the Bible Belt but a contender for the “hangy-down,” has less discomfort with abortion than the more cosmopolitan Pennsylvania. Is it possible that Bible thumping and “respect for life” do not strongly track?

Additional searching does show a correlation between region and acceptance for abortion. New York, New Jersey and Connecticut lead over Texas, Mississippi and Georgia. Readers are invited run down the stats and determine for themselves whether (presumed) religiosity inoculates against disrespect for life.

Additional data put into light some of the congressman’s subsequent statements:

Since 1973, abortion has reduced the black population by over 25 percent!

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 42). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

This is a little bit of fiction by the congressman. The truth is that in 1970 the black population of the United States was 22,580,289. As of 2012 it was 44,456,009. That’s hardly a 25 percent reduction. It’s politics entering into a discussion of serious issues.

As everyone knows, Planned Parenthood operates the nation’s largest chain of abortion clinics. What you may not know is that almost 80 percent of its facilities are located in minority neighborhoods.

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 43). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

Without checking the facts, I’m going to assume Congressman Hice’s statistics are accurate on this count. And the reason “almost 80 percent of its facilities are located in minority neighborhoods” is …? I will leave it to readers to come up with the answer.

Congressman Hice also gets into some real issues with the Planned Parenthood organization.

The mission of Live Action started when Lila, then a student at UCLA, began posing as a 15 year old who was pregnant as the result of a relationship with a much older boyfriend. With a hidden audio recorder, she would enter a Planned Parenthood clinic and explain the scenario. Her intent was to discover how Planned Parenthood would react to a statutory rape case.

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 43). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

There is little doubt on the surface that Planned Parenthood staffers acted inappropriately in many of the situations caught on video. Specifically, they did not immediately refuse to cooperate with the fake sex offender and with the fake pimp. No prosecutions came from these cases, since there was, in fact, no criminal activity involved. The child rapist was a fake, and the pimp was a fake.

In February 2011, Rose released undercover videos from Planned Parenthood facilities in several cities. These show an unidentified man and woman posing as a pimp and a prostitute, soliciting advice from Planned Parenthood staff on how to procure abortions and birth control for underage sex workers whom the pimp “manages.” Rose said that the videos proved that Planned Parenthood intentionally breaks laws and covers up abuse. In response to the videos, Planned Parenthood claimed to have reported the incidents to the FBI but also stated that over 11,000 staffers “who have contact with patients and teens” would be “retrained.” Planned Parenthood also claimed to have reported to the FBI at least 12 visits to its clinics by the man in the videos prior to their publication.

No criminal charges or investigations resulted from the videos. Rose asked Ken Cuccinelli, then the attorney general of Virginia, to investigate Planned Parenthood as a result of the videos. He conceded during a Fox interview that he lacks “an actual case of it on film” – meaning a case that involves victims instead of actors pretending to run a sex-slave business. Cuccinelli went on to say, “But what you do have is clearly an open willingness of several organizations, meaning subsidiaries of Planned Parenthood nationally in the same category, sex trafficking of minors, and an open willingness to participate in this.”

Some of this has been previously covered by Skeptical Analysis:

O’Keefe even went one better. In his final releases he showed himself dressed in a classic 1970s pimp garb, but not in the offices he visited, where he wore a business suit.

Even though government investigations found no illegal activity on the part of ACORN or its employees, there was immediate reaction from conservative media and politicians. Federal ties to the organization were cut, and ACORN’s government funding was not withheld. The organization closed down in 2010.

Chapter Two does not dwell exclusively on the anti-abortion issue:

Today, we are being ordered to comply with a host of ridiculous government requirements. For example, we are being told that only non-reproducing GMO (genetically modified) seeds can be used in our gardens. What authority does the government have to tell you what kind of seeds to use? They are telling us what kind of light bulbs to use and which toilets to use.

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (pp. 47-48). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

The government requirement that I use GMO seeds in my garden has yet to be handed down to me by my local Kommissar. I will await further instructions before launching into a discussion of that. The matter of light bulbs is another matter. Here is what Wikipedia has to say on the matter:

In December 2007, the federal government enacted the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which contains legislation to make incandescent light bulbs more efficient by setting maximum wattage requirements for all general service Incandescent light bulbs producing 310–2600 lumens of light. Light bulbs outside of this range are exempt from the restrictions. Also exempt are several classes of specialty lights, including appliance lamps, rough service bulbs, 3-way, colored lamps, stage lighting, plant lights, candelabra lights under 60 watts, outdoor post lights less than 100 watts, nightlights and shatter resistant bulbs. This effectively banned the manufacturing or importing of most incandescent bulbs of that time.

The timeline for these standards was to start in January 2012, but on 16 December 2011, the U.S. House passed the final 2012 budget legislation, which effectively delayed the implementation until October 2012.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency‘s Energy Star program in March 2008 established rules for labeling lamps that meet a set of standards for efficiency, starting time, life expectancy, color, and consistency of performance. The intent of the program is to reduce consumer concerns about efficient light bulbs due to variable quality of products. Those CFLs with a recent Energy Star certification start in less than one second and do not flicker. Energy Star Light Bulbs for Consumers is a resource for finding and comparing Energy Star qualified lamps.

By 2020, a second tier of restrictions would become effective, which requires all general-purpose bulbs to produce at least 45 lumens per watt (similar to current CFLs). Exemptions from the Act include reflector flood, 3-way, candelabra, colored, and other specialty bulbs.

In 2011, Republican House members introduced a Better Use of Light Bulbs Act or BULB Act (H.R. 91), which would have repealed Subtitle B of Title III of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. H.R. 2417 failed to pass in the U.S. House.

In 2014 the spending bill proposed by the House would block the energy efficiency standards in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which would have made incandescent light bulbs obsolete.

What is so curious about all of this is how it relates to Congressman Hice’s earlier position. If people followed the Judeo-Christian lifestyle there would be less need for government oversight. I’m right now searching for what our Judeo-Christian heritage has to say about conserving natural resources and reducing carbon dioxide emissions.

Here is what Skeptical Analysis had to say about the matter:

If only there were any substance to it. Let’s take a look at some reality. A quick visit to Home Depot reveals the following:

$6.97 / package:
$8.97 / case:

What happened to the $6.34 each for CFLs? Where did that price come from? How long did it take the person composing the little ditty above to come up with such a number? It could have taken a while. Writing fiction can be tedious. How about the $0.42 each for incandescents? Let me know where I can get them. Home Depot has its own price:

Model # 60A/RVL-6PK
$8.77 / package

The congressman puts a practical focus on his agenda:

In addition to the legal reasons, there are also economic grounds for defunding Planned Parenthood. With our nation on the verge of economic collapse and in desperate need of implementing budgetary cuts, there is not better a place to start.

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 48). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

Yes, defund Planned Parenthood and slash the budget. I find that very interesting.

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More interesting quotes from Chapter Two:

Finally, there is the issue of forcing taxpayers to fund something so contentious.

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 49). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

Yes, that is a problem.

Photo from Google Images by The New York Times

Photo from Google Images by The New York Times

Mat Staver is founder of Liberty Counsel and Dean of Liberty University School of Law. On his Freedom’s Call radio program in March of 2011, Staver commented that about 70% of all abortions in America are from professing Christians.

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 50). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

See above statistics on abortions.

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I knew it! I knew it. Congressman Hice was sooner or later bound to touch on the topic of biological evolution:

We can try to blame Hollywood, the video-game industry, the music industry or evolutionary teaching within the classroom. Ultimately, the blame lies with us.

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 50). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

The lesson is, teach science in the classrooms, and you are asking for trouble.

The congressman’s insight in some instances is absolutely breathtaking:

How remarkable that so many have been duped into believing that our Founders actually intended the right to kill babies to be in the Constitution, but protection for life is not. No! That concept was unquestionably invented and has been judicially forced upon us. Abortion is clearly unconstitutional!

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 53). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

Along with Congressman Hice, I too have noticed the numerous references to abortion in the Constitution.

In a section titled “The Holy Scriptures,” Congressman Hice has something of significance to remark:

Secondly, we should never be ashamed or shy about using Scripture to defend the issue of life.

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 54). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

Yes, we should consult the holy scriptures when considering the value of human life:

Deuteronomy 13:13-18 King James Version (KJV)

13 Certain men, the children of Belial, are gone out from among you, and have withdrawn the inhabitants of their city, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which ye have not known;

14 Then shalt thou enquire, and make search, and ask diligently; and, behold, if it be truth, and the thing certain, that such abomination is wrought among you;

15 Thou shalt surely smite the inhabitants of that city with the edge of the sword, destroying it utterly, and all that is therein, and the cattle thereof, with the edge of the sword.

16 And thou shalt gather all the spoil of it into the midst of the street thereof, and shalt burn with fire the city, and all the spoil thereof every whit, for theLord thy God: and it shall be an heap for ever; it shall not be built again.

17 And there shall cleave nought of the cursed thing to thine hand: that the Lordmay turn from the fierceness of his anger, and shew thee mercy, and have compassion upon thee, and multiply thee, as he hath sworn unto thy fathers;

18 When thou shalt hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, to keep all his commandments which I command thee this day, to do that which is right in the eyes of the Lord thy God.

Congressman Hice is correct, readers, in reminding us to consult the scriptures when considering political options and when promoting people to public office.

Coming up next: Chapter Three, “Marriage: It’s Not About Love.” Bound to be interesting.

Keep reading. And may Jesus have mercy on your soul.

Not Now, Jody

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Official Portrait

Official Portrait

Chapter One

As mentioned, I’m spending some time reviewing  It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America by Georgia Congressman Jody Hice. Go back to the previous post to get my overview of the book and the lowdown on the front matter. This is Chapter One, titled “Beware of Your Worldview.”

Congressman Hice warns us to hold onto our world view. He does a lot of this. He quotes Daniel Webster:

Daniel Webster, a leading American statesman once said, “Hold on, my friends, to the Constitution and to the Republic for which it stands. Miracles do not cluster and what happened once in 6,000 years may not happen again. Hold on to the Constitution, for if the American Constitution should fail, there will be anarchy throughout the world.”

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 23). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

He does a lot of this kind of thing. He burns a lot of space in his book quoting famous people as well as others not so famous. His purpose in doing this is not clear. That is, it is clear that he is quoting these people because:

  • They (perhaps) have major contributions in the past.
  • The quote is pertinent to the topic being discussed.
  • The quote reinforces a point Congressman Hice is trying to make.

What is not clear is that a person in the position of responsibility Congressman Hice occupies finds worth in such quotes. When a quote pulled from the past provides information not otherwise known, it adds to the reader’s understanding and creates a setting for the discussion. In the case where an aged quote only expresses an opinion of some person, then its use is little more than an argument from authority. The truth being, if a writer has a point to make, and making the point requires some statement of opinion, then the writer should provide his own opinion along with supporting facts and rationale. We will see in Chapter Eleven that Congressman Hice’s use of selected quotes exposes the weakness of his position.

I’m going to review this, as well as the remaining chapters, principally by interpreting various arguments Hice is trying to make and by analyzing selected quotes from the book. Let’s start with this:

Issues like gay ‘marriage,’ abortion, hate crimes, evolution, removing God from Pledge of Allegiance and a thousand others topics, can all be traced to a battle over ideology and worldview.

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 25). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

Remember, Congressman Hice is talking about our world view. That is our own perspective on the world around us. With that in mind there are a couple of items from this quote I find interesting.

How can “evolution” shape your world view? That is to say, how can scientific conclusions about theories of biological evolution shape your world view? I’m glad to answer that. If you accept what scientists have unraveled about biological evolution, then you have a better understanding about how the human race came to exist on this planet. If you do not accept the scientific evidence, then you paint yourself as a mental throwback, possibly lacking qualification for holding the position of United States congressman. Hopefully that addresses the congressman’s concerns about evolution.

Next, how about removing “God” from the Pledge of Allegiance? Let’s go back a little further. How about putting “God” into the Pledge back in 1954, when it had never been there before? What’s the deal about taking something out that was not meant to be there in the first place?

The congressman’s point is taken, however. He is insisting that a reference to God in a pledge of loyalty to this country, to our flag, is important to the health of the national fabric. In no way does he ever demonstrate this is really the case.

The congressman makes other unsubstantiated assertions, one of which he resurrects throughout the book:

‘Freedom’ without a Judeo-Christian framework is not freedom; it is lawless and violent.

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 25). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

 

He quotes former President John Adams

“The general principles on which the Fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity.”

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 27). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

Here is one of those appeals to authority. He didn’t need to have John Adams make this statement. It would have equal weight if Hice had said it. It would have equal weight if I had said it. It is arguably correct, depending on what is meant by “the general principles of Christianity.” If by “general principles of Christianity” you mean “let’s don’t arbitrarily kill people and steal their stuff,” then this has some merit. If what is meant is belief that Jesus of Nazareth was the son of the God of Abraham, and he was crucified and came back to life and walked the Earth for 40 days before ascending into the sky, then that’s more horse hockey there than is allowed in so short a piece of text.

Some statements are pure hype:

These days we seem afraid to even mention anything ‘Christian’ in public, fearful of violating “separation of church and state” or worse yet, of offending someone!

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 28). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

Such talk makes people wonder whether Congressman Hice needs a mental checkup.

Here’s another:

For decades we have been told, “character doesn’t matter” so far as affecting one’s ability for making sound judgment.

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 29). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

We have? We’ve been told that character does not matter? For decades? Was I asleep? May we ask the congressman to get real?

How about this?

Why would we elect individuals who do not share the philosophy of our Constitution or our nation’s religious heritage?

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 29). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

Continue reading this book, and you may come to identify at least on current elected individual who has difficulty with the philosophy of our Constitution.

Some of Hice’s arguments are just plain silly:

The clash is between worldviews, and there are only two primary options: either we will keep a Judeo-Christian outlook or we will embrace an atheistic secular one.

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 30). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

I think I have this one figured out. If you don’t have a Judeo-Christian outlook, then you must be an atheist. Not a Muslim. Not a Hindu. An atheist. What a remarkable dichotomy. It almost takes my breath away.

A big point pushed in this chapter, and one that has some merit, is that without some basic morality the government is going to have to be measurably stronger to keep a lid on things. A particular line of reasoning has consequences not intended by Hice:

On the other hand, secularists view ‘law’ as a totally human creation in that the uppermost arena is ‘civil law.’ To them, it is the product of evolutionary processes and humans (i.e. judges) are the primary creators of law, and the only legitimate agents for its change.

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 34). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

Hice wants to argue the dichotomy is between the existence of a God, which God created everything and imposed a moral code, and God being replaced by a moral code developed independently by people, a moral code of secular origin. The fact is that God and God’s moral code were invented by people without any moral code being dictated by God. The moral code, the Christian morality that Hice so reveres and celebrates in his book, is a moral code developed by secular humans. Elected to the United States Congress, representing the Georgia 10th District, making laws that affect people’s lives and how their tax money is spent, Jody Hice has yet to figure this out. Voters, you really did get what you paid for.

Hice creates the example of two towns, Town A and Town B. Town A is secular and is rife with corruption and crime. There are unwanted pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases and gangs. Much government involvement is required. Town B is imbued with Christian morality. There is none of that bad stuff, and much less government is required. What is so ludicrous is that Hice, without any basis, asserts that a secular life is without morality. Until he decides to put some facts to these wild claims I’m not going to deal a lot more with them.

Chapter One, and Jody Hice wants to convince us that belief in God, more particularly, belief in the divinity of Jesus, is essential to morality. A consequence of a high morality is the need for a less intrusive government, a point I am inclined to agree with.

L. Sprague de Camp was a writer who in his life trod the length and breadth of this planet, and he agreed with Congressman Jody Hice. Despite being a noted secularist, Sprague observed that belief in God has a place in modern society in keeping people from doing bad things. He told us some people will keep out of trouble only out of fear of retribution from God. It’s been twenty years, and I’ve had some time to think about this, and I have come to disagree. My view is due not to a disagreement with the logic, but to observational experience. People who believe in God continue to engage in reprehensible acts that would certainly qualify them for eternal damnation. And that says much about Jody Hice’s silly argument for Judeo-Christian morality.

Coming up next: Chapter Two, “Bigger Than Life.” I bet it’s a real page-turner.

Keep reading. And may Jesus have mercy on your soul.

 

Not Now, Jody

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It’s often the case I get backed into one of these. But for a chance encounter it’s unlikely I would have dredged up this quaint work. Congressman Hice’s remarkable world view caught somebody’s attention, and words were printed, and that caught my attention, leading last May to this:

It’s almost a rite of passage. If’ you’re going into politics you are going to have to cough up some pretty weird stuff. Take Congressman Jody Hice from Georgia, for example:

Jody Brownlow Hice (born April 22, 1960) is an American politician, syndicated radio show host, political activist, and Southern Baptist pastor who is the U.S. Representative for Georgia’s 10th congressional district. He was elected in 2014.

That’s well and good, but what has the politician from Georgia said recently? For one, it’s not all that recent, and for another it’s not what the congressman said. It’s what he wrote. In 2012 the congressman published a book, It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America. That’s an interesting title, and it appears to speak to a worthwhile cause. Reclaim America. Like, America was pawned. I always suspected that, and Congressman Hice seems to be on the same page with me. In particular, Congressman Hice is terribly concerned, as we all are, about the gay rights agenda. Gay rights agenda, indeed! Gay, indeed! Rights, indeed! We can all concur there are just too many rights floating around.

Yes, politicians do say the darndest things. In this case I was induced to purchase the book to get at its trove of weirdness. What to do with the book (Kindle) after I’ve plucked out and squandered some choice quotes? Why, review the book, of course. Come October, and that chore has bubbled to the top. Here it is.

The book has fifteen chapters, actually fourteen if you note that Chapter Fifteen is about 47 words. See.

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The problem is, each of the first 14 is so packed with absurdity that to give every chapter its due would produce a saga on the scale of a Cecil B. DeMille epic. I’m not going to go there. It is not now or never. What I will do is take each of the first fourteen in turn and produce a series of posts that I guarantee will leave your brain stone dead. But before getting started with that it’s going to be useful to kick off the project with an overview. My thinking is if I leave the overview to last there’s going to be nobody left to read it. Here’s the view from 30,000 feet.

Brief assessment: A bigger pile of USDA Grade A horse hockey I have seldom seen. And I have seen my share of horse hockey. This book is not your factual reference guide. It’s fourteen chapters of author Jody Hice’s opinion list.

He’s making an argument. He’s off to a bad start. When setting out to argue a point it’s useful to have a premise, or more. Hice has one. He neglects to establish it. He assumes his premise. It’s a false assumption. Much of his argument is subsequently crippled by his broken premise. As you will see in the subsequent chapter reviews, Hice’s major premise is the existence of the God of Abraham. It’s a big problem when he has to base much of his subsequent argument on this false assumption.

Getting down to the book’s theme, America, the United States of America, is going down the toilet (my terminology). Big surprise. We endured the scourge of slavery, a massive civil war, oppressive labor relations as the Industrial Age emerged, multiple foreign wars—two with crippling economic and human losses and also the gang wars of Prohibition. Now we’re going down the toilet. Congressman Hice makes note of evidence. I make note that much of Hice’s evidence is evidence of his skewed thought processes.

Hice is fortunate to identify at least one real menace, and that is this country’s shameful debt crisis. He lurches forward to tag the culprits. He gets most of that part wrong.

Allow me to note that Congressman Hice is a powerful writer. His arguments are well phrased if often poorly reasoned. Unfortunately for some of his arguments he provides rationale based on facts seemingly pulled out of the air. The book supplies 270 end notes. About double that number would be needed to provide substance to Hice’s more outlandish assertions.

There are technical issues with the book. Some careful proofreading would improve this work. Also Congressman Hice should farm out future works to staff members better versed in English grammar. Some examples. To keep this brief I am not going to provide page numbers:

  • but, the di was cast;
  • wrote and article
  • ‘love’ is not the only criteria
  • will go further to will force Christian groups to

     

  • In reality, if it was scrutinized in the light of the U.S. Constitution,

     

  • two weeks after the Tuscan incident [The city is Tuscon. The book never gets it right and gets it wrong in four places.]
  • Numerous examples could be sited.
  • The Obama’s view of free markets was not disguised
  • Over the passed few decades,
  • People who understand that our nation and Western civilization is at stake,

     

These are the ones I picked up on, and I am not a careful reader. Amazon has a mechanism whereby Kindle editions are updated with corrections, but I think this applies only to errors that occur in transcription. An author’s intervention may be required to correct his own lapses.

The fifteen chapters are:

  • Chapter One  Beware of Your Worldview
  • Chapter Two  Bigger Than Life
  • Chapter Three  Marriage: It’s Not About Love
  • Chapter Four  The Truth about Hate Crimes
  • Chapter Five  Religious Liberties Under Siege
  • Chapter Six  The Second Amendment Disarmed
  • Chapter Seven  The Rise of America’s Police State
  • Chapter Eight  Parental Rights Vs. Guardian Government
  • Chapter Nine  Radical Islam
  • Chapter Ten  The Religious Left
  • Chapter Eleven  Essential Deterrents to Socialism
  • Chapter Twelve  Getting Pastors and Church Leaders Involved
  • Chapter Thirteen  State Sovereignty: The Fed’s Greatest Fear
  • Chapter Fourteen  Combating a Secular Worldview
  • Chapter Fifteen  A Final Word: The Key to Reclaiming America

 

Yeah, I’m going to skip Chapter Fifteen. For those interested, here it is:

A Final Word: The Key to Reclaiming America 

“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, THEN I WILL HEAR from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

AMERICA, IT’S NOW OR NEVER!

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 229). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

The book blesses us with a preface, a forward and an introduction. To wrap up this introduction I’m going to note a few comments on each.

Preface

The preface is titled “My Personal Awakening,” and it tells how Pastor Hice of Bethlehem First Baptist Church in Bethlehem, Georgia, came to get into politics. In 2003 the American Civil Liberties Union brought suit against Barrow County, Georgia, over the posting of the Ten Commandments in the courthouse. The last time anybody looked, using a tax-supported facility like a courthouse to proselytize for religion is against the law. Most specifically such a thing is a violation of the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause. That hasn’t dissuaded many from attempts to leverage off the taxpayers to further their personal preferences.

Pastor Hice and a number of like-minded were among that host who felt the taxpayers owed them. His thoughts on the ACLU are startling:

I knew a little about the ACLU. Enough to realize that they stood for virtually everything I opposed, and they opposed many of the values for which I would readily die.

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 8). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

Many of the values for which he would readily die? I do hope those values for which Congressman Hice would readily die do not include imprisonment without trial and suppression of newspapers, because these are the kinds of things the ACLU combats on a continuing basis.

While on the topic, readers, and Congressman Hice as well, need to be straight on one thing. There is a lot of talk about the ACLU forcing public officials to quit using taxpayer-supported institutions to promote their religion. The ACLU does no such forcing. The ACLU cannot force anybody to do anything. The ACLU cannot fine people or put them in jail. It’s the government’s legal system that accomplishes this. It’s public officials obeying the law that force people to quit abusing their public office. Furthermore, the ACLU cannot bring suit on its own. In order to bring a suit you need to be a damaged party. The ACLU is a third party to these cases. The suits are brought by people—taxpayers, voters—people who have an immediate interest, people who have been wronged by public officials acting illegally.

Pastor Hice’s involvement in this fracas was his introduction into politics. He recounts the course of events.

In the end, we raised nearly three hundred thousand dollars for the county, but lost the case. The Ten Commandments had to be removed. It was devastating. The ruling from District Judge William O’Kelley was simply un-American and the ACLU arrogantly gloated their victory. It seemed I was living in another country, but, the battle was not over; God had another plan. Because the Barrow case had drawn so much national attention, key state legislators became involved. Over the course of the following year, the Georgia Legislature passed a law declaring a display of nine American historical documents (including the Ten Commandments) as legal. Today, that display is up in Barrow County and numerous other places throughout the state!

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 10). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

Forward

The forward is by Dr. Richard G. Lee. He wants to tell us:

Although many have attempted to revise America’s true historical founding, the facts remain immovable. Unquestionably, this country was founded upon biblical principles and an unyielding commitment to a Judeo-Christian worldview.

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 15). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

Introduction

The introduction has the title “IT’S NOW OR NEVER!” No explanation is ever given for the use of all caps, which occurs often in this book. Congressman Hice tells us “An alien worldview has crept into our nation…” He promises to “present thirteen issues that must be addressed in order to reclaim America.” A partial list is:

  • Defending life (anti-abortion)
  • Preserving the traditional marriage
  • Repealing hate-crime legislation
  • Undoing restrictions on religious liberty
  • Stopping the assault on guns
  • Returning sovereignty to the states

These and the rest will be covered in future installments. Coming up next is a review of Chapter One, “Beware of Your Worldview.” Watch for it in the next few days. In the mean time keep reading. And may Jesus have mercy on your soul.

Politicians Say The Darndest Things

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Official Portrait

It’s almost a rite of passage. If’ you’re going into politics you are going to have to cough up some pretty weird stuff. Take Congressman Jody Hice from Georgia, for example:

Jody Brownlow Hice (born April 22, 1960) is an American politician, syndicated radio show host, political activist, and Southern Baptist pastor who is the U.S. Representative for Georgia’s 10th congressional district. He was elected in 2014.

That’s well and good, but what has the politician from Georgia said recently? For one, it’s not all that recent, and for another it’s not what the congressman said. It’s what he wrote. In 2012 the congressman published a book, It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America. That’s an interesting title, and it appears to speak to a worthwhile cause. Reclaim America. Like, America was pawned. I always suspected that, and Congressman Hice seems to be on the same page with me. In particular, Congressman Hice is terribly concerned, as we all are, about the gay rights agenda. Gay rights agenda, indeed! Gay, indeed! Rights, indeed! We can all concur there are just too many rights floating around.

Here is what the congressman had to say about the gay rights agenda:

The Gay Rights Agenda: Destroying America

In 1987, Michael Swift wrote and article known as the ‘Gay Revolutionary.’ The article was submitted to the Gay Community News (GCN), an important magazine within the gay community. Although the views expressed by Swift may not represent everyone in the gay lifestyle, it certainly represents a significant number. These shocking words by Michael Swift have been considered part of the ‘gay manifesto’ by many, and reveal the radical agenda that is currently threatening our nation.

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (pp. 69-70). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

It’s there, all right. Congressman Hice has stated so in his book. And he has the quotes to back it up:

“We shall sodomize your sons, emblems of your feeble masculinity, of your shallow dreams and vulgar lies. We shall seduce them in your schools, in your dormitories, in your gymnasiums, in your locker rooms, in your sports arenas, in your seminaries, in your youth groups, in your movie theater bathrooms, in your army bunkhouses, in your truck stops, in your all-male clubs, in your houses of Congress, wherever men are with men together. Your sons shall become our minions and do our bidding. They will be recast in our image. They will come to crave and adore us.

The family unit—spawning ground of lies, betrayals, mediocrity, hypocrisy, and violence—will be abolished. The family unit, which only dampens imagination and curbs free will, must be eliminated.

All churches who condemn us will be closed. Our only gods are handsome young men.”[60] (Italics added for emphasis)

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 70). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

The citation [60] points to

[60]   Michael Swift, “Homosexual Manifesto: An Essay on the Homosexual Revolution,” Presented to the PhilFam Committee on June 10, 1998, http://panindigan.tripod.com/homorev.html.

The link points to:

THIS ESSAY is outré, madness, a tragic, cruel fantasy, an eruption of inner rage, on how the oppressed desperately dream of being the oppressor.

We shall sodomize your sons, emblems of your feeble masculinity, of you shallow dreams and vulgar lies. [Etc.]

Wait, “This essay is outré, madness, a tragic, cruel fantasy…?” It’s a joke? A fantasy? And Congressman Hice takes it seriously?

Of course, because… Because he needs to … to make a point. And that point being? That point being that the LGBT community, otherwise known as United States citizens, want to do damage to American society. Their reasons for seeking such damage are not made clear by the congressman. He does comment further:

Again, not everyone in the homosexual movement is an extremist like Swift. Many are productive and law-abiding citizens; however, it is abundantly evident that those within the movement who are radical are really radical! There are literally thousands of examples to draw from, many of which I have personally addressed on radio. One need not look very far to discover the overall agenda of militant homosexuality, and its attempt to permanently change American society.

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 70). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

Congressman Hice goes on to cite the case of graduate student Julea Ward at East Michigan University School of Counseling. Readers will do well to dig deeper into this case. I will provide my references on request, and I will likely execute some of my own Skeptical Analysis.

In the mean time, Congressman Hice has taken a quote, a joke, a spoof, out of context and used it to make a point. His point being, I suppose, that the LGBT agenda is not only without merit but is also destructive to American society.

The congressman additionally has some choice words regarding religion, or variations on religion. Here I quote just a salient piece of a larger text:

When taken in its entirety, Islam is not a religion! Rather, it is a totalitarian way of life complete with its own legal system (Sharia Law), financial structure, military and government system. Although Islam has a religious component, it is much more than a simple religious ideology. It is a complete geo-political structure, and as such, does not deserve First Amendment protection.

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 151). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

Not deserving of First Amendment protection? That is so cool, Congressman Hice.

The congressman further cites U.S. Army Lieutenant General Jerry Boykin, who describes a Muslim plot to take over this country. General Boykin, readers will recall, is known as a high-profile Christian political activist. Congressman Hice is less circumspect:

Islam is Incompatible with America’s Foundation

Our Founding Fathers gave us a nation firmly established upon Judeo-Christian principles. This condition alone describes the major problem with any discussion of Islam and the American way of life. In fact, the system of government the Founders designed would not succeed in any other environment than Christian. It was unique to America, and we cannot survive as a nation without the foundation our Founders gave us. If America continues to ‘flirt’ with the erroneous effort toward leniency with Islam, she will eventually fall with no capacity to rise again. We are already dangerously close. Islam’s mindset is not one of tolerance with America, but control and dominance. There is no room for merging two opposing philosophies. The ground on which the ideological war is being fought is worldview. Saturating the soil of these foundational beliefs and values rests the blood of untold soldiers over centuries past. They died, not merely for ‘freedom,’ but for our distinctive Christian worldview! An Islamic worldview is directly opposed to America’s and although peaceful Muslims deserve every liberty and the freedom to worship as they choose, those who embrace the radical teachings of Islam and its geo-political structure have no right to claim First Amendment protection. To do so would be to violate our Constitution by providing legal fortification for a system designed to destroy America. This, we cannot allow!

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (pp. 156-157). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

What I gather from it all is America is reserved for the Christians and the Jews. This is destined to become an increasingly sensitive issue when Christians and Jews become a minority in this country:

The Pew Research Center for Religion & Public Life reported in a massive study this week that 22.8 percent of Americans identified with no organized religion, a dramatic rise from 16.1 percent in 2007, the last time the nonprofit research group took such a sweeping look at religion in America.

It’s not going to happen any time soon. Maybe by then Congressman Hice and others like him will begin to find the First Amendment more attractive.