- We predicted a week ago that the major danger posed by
all these new broad "Antiterrorism" powers the government was
seeking was that, after the powers have been granted, the government may
simply REDEFINE who a terrorist is and what constitutes terror. That redefinition
began on 10/3/01 by Governor Tom Ridge of Homeland Security! Christians
who write the plain truth may suddenly be pursued as terrorists!
- "Ridge Vows Balance of Rights, Security" News-Item
From Newspaper Shamokin, Pennsylvania 10/3/01, Page 1
- "To those Americans who would lash out at your fellow
citizens, simply because they worship differently, or dress differently,
or look differently than you, there is one word for such behavior: terrorism."
- -- Governor Tom Ridge, in his farewell address to the
State Legislature as Pennsylvania Governor, before taking up his new position
at the White House as Director of Homeland Security.
- The Bush Administration has just redefined who is a terrorist
and what a person has to do in order to be classified by the Federal Government
as a terrorist. In NEWS1550, "Bitter Fruits of Bush's War On Terrorism
," I predicted that such a redefinition would take place! However,
I thought this inevitable redefinition would wait until after President
Bush had received the Congressional legal authority to expand intrusive
intelligence measures against "terrorists." Now, we see that
this new definition has occurred even as the bills are working their way
- Terrorist has always been defined as someone who "uses
terror, violence, and intimidation to achieve an end, especially a political
end." [Tormont Webster Illustrated Dictionary, p. 1708]
- Terror is defined by this dictionary as "systematic
violence carried out against private citizens, public property and political
enemies with the aim of enforcing demands and achieving supremacy."
- This is the standard definition of terror and terrorist.
When the President and his Attorney General were lobbying Congress for
the kind of broad authority that would have made Clinton and Reno blush,
we warned that the real targets may be people other than those Muslims
operating under Osama bin Laden. Listen to our warning in NEWS1550:
- "However, the most troubling aspect of President
Bush's proposals is that they were to be written so vaguely as to enable
the Administration to redefine the person or persons against whom the laws
were aimed. As this article stated: "Some civil libertarians have
complained that the administration is seeking language so broad that it
would allow the antiterrorism laws to be used against common criminals."
[Ibid., p. A-10]
- In other words, while Congress may pass the legislation
originally aimed at Arab terrorists who work for Osama bin Laden, the actual
wording of the proposed law is so broad and vague that some highly elected
official might just redefine who and what constitutes a terrorist. A simple
redefinition might just make a terrorist out of anyone who disagrees strongly
with the government. A simple redefinition might just make terrorists
out of the Fundamental, Born Again Christian ..."
- This redefinition may have already begun. In Tom Ridge's
statement, he also uses the vague verb, "lash out" to redefine
terrorist. There are several ways in which a person can "lash out."
They can do so physically and violently. They can "lash out"
orally, calling a person false derogatory names. But, is it possible for
government authorities to so construe "lash out" as to apply
to a situation in which the truth is told about a person, his country,
or his religion -- a truth that is not popular to hear?
- In other words, if a Christian ministry tells the truth
about Islam, even quoting from their writings, including the Koran, can
that ministry then be called a "terrorist" organization? If
this is the case, then all the broad authority which Bush and Ashcroft
are seeking could then be turned on that Christian ministry. Then, the
Federal Government can:
- 1. Wiretap all our communications without a specific
- 2. Intercept all our emails and faxes, again without
a specific court order
- 3. Seize all our assets without court order and without
- 4. Incarcerate us without charges and for an indefinite
period of time
- Cutting Edge Ministries has regularly been labeled as
a "Hate Group" simply because we dare speak the truth of the
entire Word of God, including the aspects of Judgment, Sin, and the exclusivity
which Jesus demands of Himself and His followers. In other words, Jesus
vigorously stated that He was the only true path to the Father in Heaven,
that all other religions were pretenders and offered a false path that
does not lead to Heaven, but to Hell [John 14:6; 10:7-18]
- We suspect the time is coming soon when ministries like
this one who dare speak the truth lovingly but plainly will be silenced
through the exercise of these new broad, police state type powers. Events
do seem to be moving along very rapidly now. Former Satanists have all
unequivocally stated that, once the first blow is struck in the campaign
to produce Antichrist, precisely 13 weeks [91 days] later, Antichrist will
arise. In that 13-week period, all the wars, rumors of wars, terrorism
in our cities, financial collapse, natural disasters, and events designed
to just produce panic, will have occurred.
- When Antichrist arises, amidst great panic and bloodshed,
and displaying great occult "signs and wonders," people will
universally greet him with great enthusiasm and hope. These are the times
in which we live, and the path down which we are treading.
- May Jesus Richly Bless You,
- David Bay