Such clergy response teams would walk a tight-rope during martial law between the demands of the government on the one side, versus the wishes of the public on the other. "In a lot of cases, these clergy would already be known in the neighborhoods in which they're helping to diffuse that situation," assured Sandy Davis. He serves as the director of the Caddo-Bossier Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.So, in summation: the government, which is preparing to enforce martial law on its own soil with Army regulars (not even MPs), is now preparing to employ members of the clergy to placate a populace upset about the revocation of its civil rights with platitudes about submission to Jesus. For those of you keeping score at home, that's a reversal of both the 1878 Posse Comitatus Act and the First Amendment.
For the clergy team, one of the biggest tools that they will have in helping calm the public down or to obey the law is the bible itself, specifically Romans 13. Dr. Tuberville elaborated, "because the government's established by the Lord, you know. And, that's what we believe in the Christian faith. That's what's stated in the scripture."
I would like to reiterate, because it never gets old, a phrase out of Sinclair Lewis' book It Can't Happen Here, because it never ever gets less true:
“When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross."Every American should read this book. If you're in the Cambridge area and don't have a library card, well, shame on you, but you can borrow my copy anyway if you promise you'll read it. Remember, under Hitler, the Germans still thought they were free. I don't want to be an alarmist, because I do feel that martial law is still a far way off. But the best way to keep it there is for more people to be outraged at the way it would be coming.
UPDATE: Aaron has just sent me this link to the Heiligewehrmacht training manual. It gives tips on how to use a national crisis as an excuse to proselytize, and do gunpoint missionary work right in your own back yard! Oh goody! Not only will we have the army coming to our doors telling us to accept Jesus as our personal lord and savior (and you thought the Jehovas were bad), but if you refuse to cooperate they can haul you off for disturbing the peace!
(Hat-tip to Friendly Atheist)