Hold up. Stop the presses. The “Gospel” Coalition and its chief agitator, Joe Carter – after months of preaching against civil disobedience in light of unconstitutional church closures – just posted an article telling Christians to disobey the U.S. President.
The article published by Carter in the Social Gospel Coalition (TSGC) is entitled If the President Tells You to Shoot Looters, You Have a Duty to Disobey. His argument is simple; Christians have a duty to step aside and let looters break-and-enter your business and home.
Carter’s post begins with a misleading question, “Should we respond to the illegal use of violence with the use of illegal violence?” From the onset, Carter is presupposing – wrongly – that Citizens are not legally or morally permitted to use force to protect themselves against home invasion or looters.
He goes on to call Christians to civilly disobey POTUS…
On one side are Christians who legitimize the illegal use of violence (the looting and rioting) as a valid response to the use of illegal violence in the apparent murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer. On the other side are those who believe that to quell the looting and destruction of property could necessitate the use of deadly force.
On this latter side stands the president of the United States.
Carter refers here to Trump’s tweet about utilizing the United States military to quell the “thugs” from their pillaging in which he used the phrased, “When the looting starts, the shooting starts.”
Yet while Trump understands that he has the authority to “assume control” of the National Guard, he doesn’t appear to understand that he has no authority to order the military to shoot looters. Unfortunately, some Christians in America also fail to understand that fact—which could lead to unlawful and unbiblical use of violence.
I’m going to ask an honest question. Since when – especially in the last three months – have these latte-sipping, effete intellectuals at the TSGC shown any interest in what government has and has not had the constitutional authority to do? They have routinely, even daily, insisted that the government had any and all authority it needed to protect the “public safety.”
Carter’s own Twitter feed is filled with constant reminders that the government can do anything it wishes so long as “public safety” is the purpose (a point with which I would strongly disagree).
But for this Social Justice commie, Romans 13 only applies to Democratic governors insisting on church closures. Apparently it doesn’t apply to unpeaceful assemblies, but only peaceful ones.
Nonetheless, Carter is flatly wrong.
The President does have the constitutional authority to use the National Guard to reinstate law and order in the event of a real crisis (not a lackluster lame-sauce “pandemic”). As the Commander-in-Chief of the United States Military, the President may call in any state unit of the National Guard into federal service, over-stepping the state governor and commandeering their service in the name of the United States. This power is explicitly designated in the U.S. Code by converting Guard units covered under Article 32 to the Article 10 powers of the president. This was used many times throughout U.S. history, most notably by President Eisenhower in 1957. During that federalization of the Guard, Eisenhower over-stepped the Arkansas Governor who was using state units to prevent integration and required they enforce integration.
But once federalized, can Guard units shoot looters and rioters? In the clearest of terms, yes. Carter’s view that they cannot hasn’t been valid since 2007 when the 1878 Posse Comitatus Act was overturned in the Insurrection Act as a part of the 2007 Defense Authorization Bill.
Section 1076 of that law is titled “Use of the Armed Forces in major public emergencies” and says…
The President may employ the armed forces … to … restore public order and enforce the laws of the United States when, as a result of a natural disaster, epidemic, or other serious public health emergency, terrorist attack or incident, or other condition … the President determines that … domestic violence has occurred to such an extent that the constituted authorities of the State or possession are incapable of maintaining public order … or [to] suppress, in a State, any insurrection, domestic violence, unlawful combination, or conspiracy if such … a condition … so hinders the execution of the laws … that any part or class of its people is deprived of a right, privilege, immunity, or protection named in the Constitution and secured by law … or opposes or obstructs the execution of the laws of the United States or impedes the course of justice under those laws.
But even more atrocious than his insufficient view of U.S. Law is Carter’s butchering of the Bible to promote such a weak-kneed, castrated view of personal security and property rights.
In a case of profound cognitive dissonance, Carter says, “Similarly, the president of the United States has authority and responsibility delegated by God (Prov. 8:15-16) and circumscribed by the U.S Constitution and other laws. This is an important point, because the president’s authority—delegated by both God and man—is limited to those powers authorized by the Constitution.”
That’s what we’ve been saying for three months about church-bans and it’s what Joe Carter and the Social Gospel Coalition have been refuting this entire time. I put this in bold font because I am, indeed, screaming it.
Why in Hades has Carter refused to argue this point as it pertains to Democratic governors banning worship but finds this arrow in his quiver in regard to restoring law and order? It’s because Joe Carter is a nose-dripping, light-loafered Nancy-boy, that’s why. He’s as leftist as Bernie Sanders on his Soviet honeymoon.
Carter sites a U.S. Army manual (which can be changed at the President’s wishes and whims by virtue of his status as Commander in Chief) which says, “Soldiers may use lethal force if they or another person are in imminent risk of death or serious injury.”
Here, Carter proves himself to be living high up in his ivory tower, blissfully unaware that people who unlawfully break-and-enter into people’s homes and businesses – especially at night, with a mob – should rationally be presumed to be deadly and dangerous. Yes, I’m screaming that again.
What kind of ignorant, sniveling, detached-from-reality tart doesn’t think someone’s life is in jeopardy when their homes are broken into? Does he not watch the news and see the images of rioters beating, assaulting, raping, and killing innocent people? Rioters set fire to stuff. Fire kills people. Does two-plus-two not make four in Carter’s world? He’s a profound idiot of the highest order.
Carter altogether discounts the possibility that rioters don’t only want to steal things and not instead hurt people. I suggest Joe Carter takes his lily-white backside and go stand in the middle of one of those riotous mobs in Louisville and find out himself.
Joe Carter’s grasp of the Bible is as woeful as his grasp of both U.S. law and common sense. Look at what God’s law very, very clearly says about this situation…
2 If a thief is found breaking in and is struck so that he dies, there shall be no bloodguilt for him, 3 but if the sun has risen on him, there shall be bloodguilt for him.
This is the Bible’s Castle Doctrine. Essentially it’s this: If someone breaks in at night (the assumption is you can’t see what they’re there for or why) you can shoot first and ask questions second. If someone breaks in during the day (the assumption is you can see the “thief” is there only to steal, you cannot shoot first and ask questions second.
By the daylight clause, the Bible affirms the value of life over the value of property. But by the nighttime clause, the Bible affirms the right to self-defense and to making broad assumptions about law-breakers. In short, when in doubt, when on your property, shoot.
Joe Carter is a dangerous man, merely on the grounds of his ineptness at grasping man’s law and God’s law. His “do not defend yourself” pacifist poppycock will no doubt get someone hurt and killed, believing it’s their sacred duty to get sodomized in the name of Jesus. These are the types of “theologians” (scare-quotes are necessary) who threw parades for Hitler and resisted the Patriot’s challenge to King Geoge.
They are useless, dangerous, Estrogen-infused, babbling morons who’ve been chemically castrated from too much soy. They are not worthy to lead a church, to lead women, and certainly not worthy to lead men. They are parasites on the body of the church, taking in parachurch funds better spent on, well, better spent on anything besides their leftist propaganda organizations.
Might God been done with them all.
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