by George Phillies at Liberty for All
Do you truly believe a President can stop with just one?
Last year the Obama Administration took a step without historical precedent. It ordered the assassination of an American citizen.
The citizen is Anwar al-Awlaki, described by the New York Times as “an eloquent Muslim cleric.” Anwar al-Awlaki, born in 1971 in New Mexico, is a native-born citizen, not a foreigner. There appears to be agreement that he has not planted explosives, nor has he launched military attacks. He has preached, and preached inspiringly.
The ancient history of the Abrahamic religions — Judaism, Christianity, and Islam — is filled with prophets and preachers, men and women who spoke truth to power, men and women who warned Kings and Presidents and those who lived in proud towers that they had turned their back on virtue and justice. Some were heard. Some were ignored.
Powerful secular rulers fear truth. When prophets and preachers spoke the truth, they faced the wrath of great kings. Jezebel slaughtered prophets by the tens and hundreds. Nebuchadnezzar strove to execute Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, to no avail. Martin Luther King invoked Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in his letter from the Birmingham jail, writing of the deeds leading to his incarceration “one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.” His letter showed an equal duty, the duty to preach against unjust acts. And that is the crime of which Anwar al-Awlaki is accused: preaching.
Of course, it is not given to men to know for certain which preachers speak the truth, and which are in error. The “Letter from the Birmingham Jail” was a response to another letter, “A Call for Unity,” from eight Birmingham preachers, Bishops, a Pastor, and a Rabbi, giving advice that was quite opposite to Martin Luther King’s.
Because we cannot know truth, we reject the example of Jezebel. We reject the example of the Englishmen who burned Joan of Arc and put to death all manner of ministers. In America, we have until now rejected religious persecution in favor of freedom of religion and freedom of speech.
Barack Obama has changed all that. Barack Obama has ordered the assassination of a man of faith, for the crime for preaching. You may say ‘but that man is an Islamite. Why should I fear what Obama does to a worshipper of a false god?’
Do you truly believe that men and women of your faith never preach truth to power? Are your sermons all spoken by cowards, men who bow their heads to Nebo and Nergal lest they offend the King of Babylon?
Anwar al-Awlaki may be the first, though thus far like Shadrach he has walked through the furnace and taken no harm. Do you truly believe he will be the last?
Or will you wait until your preacher gives some President mortal offense, so that the President’s men come and take him away? Must it be your preacher added to the Presidential death list before you see the error of these ways?
Barack Obama has shown himself by his execution order to be the second Nebuchadnezzar, the imperial potentate who has rejected our secular faith, our Constitution. America should reject Obama’s false ways. It should reject the false prophets of his National Security Council, the men who bow before Obama chanting that an American President is The Lord of Life and Death.
We should through our Constitution and laws and legal political processes reject Obama and his false prophets of death, for if we do not there will soon enough come among us a messenger, and the messenger’s words for our Republic will be “mene mene tekel upharsin” … you have been measured and found wanting and the number of your days is no more.
George Phillies is a contributing editor for Liberty For All. You can contact Dr. Phillies at firstname.lastname@example.org.