|From The Good News Club: The Christian Right's Stealth Assault on America's Children by Katherine Stewart.|
In this video Ms. Hall a former assistant state attorney in Florida and darling of the Tea Party rolls out a lot of the standard arguments about restrictions associated with the “Enclave Clause” (Article I, Section 8, Clause 17) of the US Constitution and how it restricts federal ownership in terms of size and purpose of properties. This, of course, seems like a gold nugget to those wanting to do away with federal landownership (like the Bundys) until someone rightfully points to the “Property Clause” (Article IV, Section 3, Clause 2), a ton of time-honored practice, important case law—including some dealing specifically with the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge (1,2)—and some state constitutions in the West that memorialize the "Property Clause" with restrictive language about federal property (see below). This has all been covered before (1,2,3,4) and what I am more interested is the connecting dots.
Chris “JC” Hall who used to be a Baptist Pastor but is now free-lancing the God-thing and teaming up with his wife in their Liberty First Ministries enterprise. Mr. Hall, part of the ministry’s “constitutional education” team, has taken his show on the road and even appeared on conservative shock jock Pete Santilli’s program, though it amazes me that any current or former clergyman would appear with a radio talk show host who famously claimed he wanted to shoot a gun in Hillary Clinton’s vagina just to watch her suffer . But as Mr. Santilli a city-boy from Cincinnati is now a spokesman for Ammon’s crew in Oregon, we have made the link to Bundy in two people steps.
Mr. Hall is also a proud member of the so-called Black Robe Regiment a group of clerics wanting to bring moral and political change to America. But if we shake the cassock of this black robe group just a little we find that the owner of this URL is one David Barton who runs WallBuilders the nebulous Christian Dominionist empire (1,2).
|From WallBuilder 2014 IRS Form 990.|
For those who have been paying attention and reading my posts, David Barton in the yahoo who sat in a car with Glenn Beck and explained how God’s Law trumps the US Constitution and that is why Kim Davis could not be held in jail legally. His hypothesis was proven wrong, but the Ammon to Kim connection is made. I think that I did it in less than 6 people steps.
|From The Good News Club: The Christian Right's Stealth Assault on America's Children by Katherine Stewart. Click link here and read down the document.|
(Note: In this I suspect that I am a little like Kevin Bacon in that I do not believe but am fine with others believing. That said, there is a huge difference between religious freedom or tolerance and this full-court press being undertaken by those who will employ almost any tactic or say most anything to create a Bible-based culture regardless of the consequences to this country.)
Within the next few days I am going to write a piece in GREEN DREAMS that starts to frame what we—the actual owners of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge—think that the occupiers have done wrong legally and that requires punishment. I would ask folks to speculate on exactly what charges should be leveled and what rational punishment should be applied and to whom. Please let me know what you think and your ideas in the comments section of this post and others. I know that these might range from firing squads to atomic wedges, but this is a serious set of questions that we should address and by doing so and by conducting a public dialog on this issue help those trying to assess the public appetite for doing something. Thank you for your help and interest in this important concern.
And please enter the public dialog on Jail the Bundys, Now and encourage others to do the same.