By Charlie Johnston
Longtime reader Marti McCullough of Wyoming sent me this very ominous new “Terms of Service” fragment a friend of hers received from her bank. Given the pogrom being waged by government and the culture against people who actually live their faith as if they mean it, this could be the beginning of forcing Christians to keep their money in their mattresses. Note the text that I have italicized. Since various courts are defining Christian speech as hate speech, this is ominous, indeed:
“Acceptable Use. You agree that you are independently responsible for complying with all applicable laws in all of your activities related to your use of the Services, regardless of the purpose of the use. In addition, you are prohibited from using the Services for activities that: (a) violate any law, statute, ordinance or regulation; (b) promote hate, violence, racial intolerance, or the financial exploitation of a crime; (c) defame, abuse, harass or threaten others; (d) include any language or images that are bigoted, hateful, racially offensive, vulgar, obscene, indecent or discourteous; (e) infringe or violate any copyright, trademark, right of publicity or privacy or any other proprietary right under the laws of any jurisdiction; (f) impose an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on our infrastructure; (g) facilitate any viruses, trojan horses, worms or other computer programming routines that may damage, detrimentally interfere with, surreptitiously intercept or expropriate any system, data or information; (h) constitute use of any robot, spider, other automatic device, or manual process to monitor or copy the Service without our prior written permission; (i) constitute use of any device, software or routine to bypass technology protecting the Services, or interfere or attempt to interfere, with the Services; or (j) may cause us to lose any of the services from our service providers. We encourage you to provide notice to us by the methods described in section C.22 below entitled “Errors and Questions” of any violations of this section or the Agreement generally.”
On the other hand, going to the mattresses is not going to turn out as well for the cultural warriors as they think. Even if they do disguise their hatred as “tolerance” and their bigotry as “enlightenment,” God is not mocked.
As money has gotten tighter, the taxman is coming up with innovative schemes – ensnaring ordinary Americans in laws originally designed to ensnare racketeers in organized crime. Russ Caswell owns a small independent motel in Tewksbury, Massachusetts. By all accounts, he has been a law-abiding citizen and supporter of local law enforcement. That did not stop a mindless, greedy and corrupt government from seizing his property. Thankfully, he fought the law and HE won. Unless, of course, the greedy forces of corruption are so angry at having lost to a little guy that they figure out another way to take him down.
Meanwhile, down in Fairmont, North Carolina, Lyndon McLellan had $107,000 seized from his convenience store’s bank account by the IRS because…well, I’m not really sure…the color of his eyes, the length of his hair, the cut of his jib…the IRS does not seem to care about making excuses for persecuting people at random and seizing their assets – particularly if they live in the Bible Belt where they may be conservative or religious or a veteran or some other thing the government does not approve of these days. The government isn’t arguing he did anything wrong – but are demanding he prove he didn’t in order to get his money back. This government can – and will take all you have – unless you can prove you are innocent of anything, including any thought crimes. Ah, poor Mr. McLellan. He might have a defense if he can bring in his primary voting record and show he is a Democrat – and if he will swear that he is not now nor has he ever been a Christian.
Why bother with these stories? Two reasons…first, if you are a Christian, you had better have something other than cash in the bank if you don’t want to suddenly find yourself stripped of all you have. Second, for those who still think nothing is amiss, even 30 years ago any one of these – or hundreds of other stories similar to them, would have provoked national outrage. Now Lois Lerner eats bonbons, IRS officials boast that there is not a thing Congress can do to them, and little folks get crushed in the maw of the machinery of government that was formed to be their servant; not their master – and certainly not their destructor. May the trumpets sound.