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I Know Why…

February 10, 2016

…or actually I don’t.

But don’t fear, Christianity Today does know.  In an article entitled “I know why the Government went after Pro-life Investigative Journalists Focus on the Family President Jim Daley explains that the recent action by a Texas Grand Jury to indict the pro-life activists who secretly filmed Planned Parenthood and to choose not to indict Planned Parenthood for any wrong-doing is easy to understand.

Simply put, he says “It’s a chilling use of state and federal power to impede the investigation. And for millions of Americans who are determined to live according to our deeply held beliefs and to speak out, in many cases the price tag for doing so is becoming increasingly steep.”

So there you have it, the government is coming to get us Christians.  Lock your doors.  Prepare for the worst.  Persecution is coming.  Pretty soon we are all going to jail.  This ruling is proof-positive that “the government” is out to get us.  There is only one problem with this theory…

…This was in Texas.  Texas is hardly a hotbed of anti-Christian persecution.  It is hardly ground zero in an attempt by “the government” to takes us all down.  It is the birthplace of The Texas Plan, where Governor Abbott tells us that “dysfunction in Washington, D.C. stems largely from the federal government’s refusal to follow the Constitution. Congress routinely violates its enumerated powers, while taxing and spending its way from one financial crisis to another. The President exceeds his executive powers to impose heavy-handed regulations. And the Supreme Court imposes its policy views under the guise of judicial interpretation.”

The plan proposes nine; count them nine, constitutional amendments intended to limit the type of actions that Daley cowers in fear about.  The proposed amendments:

  1. Prohibit Congress from regulating activity that occurs wholly within one State
  2. Require Congress to balance its budget.
  3. Prohibit administrative agencies—and the unelected bureaucrats that staff them—from creating federal law.
  4. Prohibit administrative agencies—and the unelected bureaucrats that staff them—from preempting state law.
  5. Allow a two-thirds majority of the States to override a U.S. Supreme Court decision.
  6. Require a seven-justice super-majority vote for U.S. Supreme Court decisions that invalidate a democratically enacted law.
  7. Restore the balance of power between the federal and state governments by limiting the former to the powers expressly delegated to it in the Constitution.
  8. Give state officials the power to sue in federal court when federal officials overstep their bounds.
  9. Allow a two-thirds majority of the States to override a federal law or regulation.

That hardly sounds like the work of a power-mad government conspiracy.

I was as upset by the videos as Daley was.  Yet in conservative Texas I have to assume that the grand jury was doing the best they could with the evidence they had.  I haven’t seen that evidence.  Neither has Daley.  I can’t make myself believe that they were in on some nefarious scheme to take down everyone who differs with some grand conspiratorial party line.  I don’t believe that Daley can “know” what he says he knows.

Isn’t it time to stop crying like babies every time something happens that we don’t like?  Isn’t it time to stop imagining grand conspiracies out to get us?  It is hard enough to understand the fast-moving social, political and cultural flow in our land without imagining bogey men everywhere?  Let’s focus on the essence of our faith and how to present it to the world that really exists, not to some hyper-evil figment of Daley’s imagination.

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