Saturday, May 22, 2010

No Freedoms in Amarillo Texas

A few weeks ago my wife and I were watching a news program, 60 Minutes or 20/20, when they talked about a  fundamentalist Christian group in Amarillo Texas. They have been compared to radical militant and terrorist organizations. They have played a role in the closings of a strip club and of a swingers group.  Last New Year's Eve about two dozen Repent Amarillo protesters spent New Year's Eve carrying signs, singing and praying outside a business in downtown Amarillo that they claim is a swinger's club. Repent Amarillo's director David Grisham said his group objects to the nonmonogamous lifestyle. Grisham said he's never been in the building but has heard stories about what goes on in there. He heard what goes on, he had no idea of what was actually happening. But not only did they protest outside the club, they photographed people coming in and out, wrote down license plate numbers and thoroughly harassed these people who wanted nothing but to have a good time. The authorities new about the party and all the proper permits were filed, but this radical group decided to target them and infringe on their rights. They went to the Amirillo zoning board and made this group "Route 66" jump through hoops to receive the proper zoning permits.  Repent Amarillo cost the club tens of thousands of dollars in renovation costs to bring the building up to code. After Repent members showed up at parties 32 times, many of Route 66's members left, afraid of being harassed and possible harmed. The Route 66 club was operating as a business, and, with only a few customers left, its owners were left with no choice but to close their doors and sell the location.

This is only one example of how the extreme Christian right feels that they are better than everyone else in the United States and can take it upon themselves to violate the rights of law abiding citizens.

Part of their mission statements states, "It is a ministry committed to the fulfillment of Christ’s commandment of the great commission. As Christians, we cannot stand by and watch 67,000 of our neighbors walking through the gates of hell. A soldier for Christ fights a spiritual battle. The enemy is not our fellow man but the principalities, the powers, the rulers of the darkness of this world . Our mission is to do battle with the lies of the enemy. To do battle with the corruption of this world"

This they call spiritual warfare.

Their website has militaristic theme musics and gun shots all dressed in fatigues.

Again, from their website:

Some of the possible missions that these two groups may be called upon to work will be some of the following:

1. Gay pride events.
2. Earth worship events such as “Earth Day”
3. Pro-abortion events or places such as Planned Parenthood
4. Breast cancer events such as “Race for the Cure” to illuminate the link between abortion and breast cancer.
5. Opening day of public schools to reach out to students.
6. Spring break events.
7. Demonically based concerts.
8. Halloween events.
9. Other events that may arise that the ministry feels called to confront.

Are these this the corruption of the world? Gay Pride events, Earth Day, Halloween and of course the one event that will send you straight to hell, the "Race for the Cure"

But of course they know they are doing the right thing becasue the leader of this group, Davis Grisham, heard the word of God.
"I heard the Lord speak to me," says Grisham, "not in my ear, but in my spirit, asking ‘David, what do you see?' " Grisham says that he "knew it was the Lord speaking," and he answered that he "saw the ruins like the gravestones of a dead, godless society.
"The Lord gave me a revelation immediately, and the revelation exploded in my mind," says Grisham

Normally when someoone hears voices they get put them on some serious medication, but not the Christians, it seems every evangelical out there has heard from God.

It is funny that the first thing you see when you get on their website after the militaristic theme and the gun shots is a soldier and a PayPal link for donations.  That is the one thing this group and all the other evangelistic groups seem to need, money.

Repent Amarillo is being allowed to proliferate through Amarillo Texas becasue it seems that the city council is either too scared or spineless to defined the innocent from such a barbaric group. Oh I forgot, they are Christians they are the good guys... Bull Shit. When someone tells me that they are nice becasue they are Christian I fear them more than any Islamic Jihad.

I am getting so sick and tired of people doing thoughtless and cruel things to other human beings in the name of God. This group is just another in a long line of misguided religious zealots and those who have followed much like the Reverend Jim Jones in his compound in Jonestown,  Guyana, South America.

We must speak out against this oppression and not let these right winged, ultra conservative, liberals take away our freedoms of speech, religion and sexuality.

1 comment:

Another Uppity Chick said...

These people are usually the one's with the most to hide. They are tortured by their own "immoral" desires and so they set out to project all they fear in themselves onto the rest of us.

I am so tired of them I will not stand for tolerating intolerance! The very idea is so stupid I am shocked how many people fall for it. They need to be crushed like the bugs they are eating away at our society like termites beneath the floorboards.

It is time "ministries" and churches alike be forced to ope up their accounting books and pay taxes like the rest of us. If they are going to interfere with secular life then they can be added to the taxed groups in the US. Even if they don't, why should they be excluded from taxation at this point in history? If you want to mess in other people's affairs you can pay the piper. If you want to stay on the prime property in NYC pay the taxes.

I say we get them where it hurts.