It is time for U.S. Christians to disobey unjust laws – Take Our Poll!

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A Coming Era of Civil Disobedience?

By Patrick J. Buchanan • July 10, 2015

The Oklahoma Supreme Court, in a 7-2 decision, has ordered a monument of the Ten Commandments removed from the Capitol.

Calling the Commandments “religious in nature and an integral part of the Jewish and Christian faiths,” the court said the monument must go.

Gov. Mary Fallin has refused. And Oklahoma lawmakers instead have filed legislation to let voters cut out of their constitution the specific article the justices invoked. Some legislators want the justices impeached.

Fallin’s action seems a harbinger of what is to come in America — an era of civil disobedience like the 1960s, where court orders are defied and laws ignored in the name of conscience and a higher law.

Only this time, the rebellion is likely to arise from the right.

Certainly, Americans are no strangers to lawbreaking. What else was our revolution but a rebellion to overthrow the centuries-old rule and law of king and Parliament, and establish our own?

U.S. Supreme Court decisions have been defied, and those who defied them lionized by modernity. Thomas Jefferson freed all imprisoned under the sedition act, including those convicted in court trials presided over by Supreme Court justices. Jefferson then declared the law dead.

Some Americans want to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill with Harriet Tubman, who, defying the Dred Scott decision and fugitive slave acts, led slaves to freedom on the Underground Railroad.

New England abolitionists backed the anti-slavery fanatic John Brown, who conducted the raid on Harpers Ferry that got him hanged but helped to precipitate a Civil War. That war was fought over whether 11 Southern states had the same right to break free of Mr. Lincoln’s Union as the 13 colonies did to break free of George III’s England.

Millions of Americans, with untroubled consciences, defied the Volstead Act, imbibed alcohol and brought an end to Prohibition.

In the civil rights era, defying laws mandating segregation and ignoring court orders banning demonstrations became badges of honor.

Rosa Parks is a heroine because she refused to give up her seat on a Birmingham bus, despite the laws segregating public transit that relegated blacks to the “back of the bus.”

In “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” Dr. King, defending civil disobedience, cited Augustine — “an unjust law is no law at all” — and Aquinas who defined an unjust law as “a human law that is not rooted in eternal law and natural law.”

Said King, “one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.”

But who decides what is an “unjust law”?

If, for example, one believes that abortion is the killing of an unborn child and same-sex marriage is an abomination that violates “eternal law and natural law,” do those who believe this not have a moral right if not a “moral responsibility to disobey such laws”?

Rosa Parks is celebrated.

But the pizza lady who said her Christian beliefs would not permit her to cater a same-sex wedding was declared a bigot. And the LGBT crowd, crowing over its Supreme Court triumph, is writing legislation to make it a violation of federal civil rights law for that lady to refuse to cater that wedding.

But are people who celebrate the Stonewall riots in Greenwich Village as the Mount Sinai moment of their movement really standing on solid ground to demand that we all respect the Obergefell decision as holy writ?

And if cities, states or Congress enact laws that make it a crime not to rent to homosexuals, or to refuse services at celebrations of their unions, would not dissenting Christians stand on the same moral ground as Dr. King if they disobeyed those laws?

Already, some businesses have refused to comply with the Obamacare mandate to provide contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs to their employees. Priests and pastors are going to refuse to perform same-sex marriages. Churches and chapels will refuse to host them. Christian colleges and universities will deny married-couple facilities to homosexuals.

Laws will be passed to outlaw such practices as discrimination, and those laws, which the Christians believe violate eternal law and natural law, will, as Dr. King instructed, be disobeyed.

And the removal of tax exemptions [from churches] will then be on the table.

If a family disagreed as broadly as we Americans do on issues so fundamental as right and wrong, good and evil, the family would fall apart, the couple would divorce, and the children would go their separate ways.

Something like that is happening in the country.

A secession of the heart has already taken place in America, and a secession, not of states, but of people from one another, caused by divisions on social, moral, cultural, and political views and values, is taking place.

America is disuniting, Arthur Schlesinger Jr. wrote 25 years ago.

And for those who, when young, rejected the views, values and laws of Eisenhower’s America, what makes them think that dissenting Americans in this post-Christian and anti-Christian era will accept their laws, beliefs, values?

Why should they?

See also “No Longer One Nation, Under God“.



18 responses to “It is time for U.S. Christians to disobey unjust laws – Take Our Poll!

  1. Alfred E. Neuman

    Reblogged this on The Lynler Report.

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  2. Yes. We did it in the Revolutionary War.

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  3. Dr. Eowyn,
    Thank You for sharing this very poignantly, politically, morally, and socially cognizant post by Patrick Buchanan. I can’t thank you enough for taking time from your days to continue to labor and deliver the works of FOTM for your Christian brothers and sisters.
    Many think being a Christian means we are perfect and have no problems. But, quite the contrary, being a Christian means you have taken up the cross as a sword to be a warrior for Christ. Challenges, trials, and tribulations are commonplace in the Christian life. We walk the narrow and straight path; we forgive our trespassers; we love as we can through the eyes and heart of Jesus; and we in turn, ask with a repentant heart and receive forgiveness from our Lord when we trespass; we read the bible to feed our souls the words of our Triune God. We live this life to fight for Christ and to preach to those who have not heard of our awesome Lord and Savior or for those who will have a change of heart regarding their eternal soul and accepting the pure love of Jesus the Christ as their Lord and Savior. We are purified of our sins and made righteous by Jesus’ blood and sacrifice.
    We follow Jesus and Jesus is truth, therefore we follow truth.
    Those who follow Jesus walk with truth and morality.
    The Founding Fathers referenced God 5 times in the Declaration of Independence because they believed a nation answerable only unto itself was a nation that would fall. A government that respected God was a government that would be blessed. God wants us to be obedient and respect the laws of a just government. We have specific Bill of Rights in our constitution that guarantees us religious freedom, assembly, speech, and the right to bear arms and today our government is working against us to erode our constitutional freedoms and has therefore, become unjust.
    Even though God wants us to be obedient to government, God does not want us to be obedient to a government that wants us to disobey him.
    Acts 5:29 “We are to obey God rather than men”.
    When government turns against God, we are to turn against government. As Christians, what more can we expect than to have the opportunity to pick up the cross as a sword to fight for Christ?

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  4. Kevin J Lankford

    It has just occurred to me; Andrew Jackson’s image on the twenty dollar bill should be considered a mockery of his effort to prevent the world bank from strangling the life out of, and extorting the wealth of our country. It should be seen as a taunting insult to the notion of freedom.

    Perhaps what would be more appropriate would be a rothchild family portrait giving the “finger” to the United States and its fantasy of freedom.


    • same with Lincoln (it was said that he had a worthless confederate $5 note in his billfold at the time of his assassination)….
      Jackson survived an assassination attempt, but he was definitely no friend to banks. Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley, Kennedy….no friends to banks either and all were assassinated. Even Ford and Reagan had banks in their crosshairs and survived assassination attempts. It is interesting that Ben Franklin is on the $100 bill and he was never president, he was however, a grand master freemason. The irony that those 2 presidents are featured on federal reserve currency does not fall on deaf ears. It would be doubly ironic if the federal reserve were to possibly replace a slave-owning, bank-hating president from the $20 bill with an escaped slave and union spy (Jackson coincidentally, was the only president to pay off the national debt and vetoed the charter of the Second Bank of the US, which started in 1817 and in 1837 Jackson retired…20 years {from the time the bank opened until Jackson “closed”}). The international banks, i.e. rothchilds, financed both sides of the civil war and every war we’ve had. Through all of our woes and conflicts, the ones who’ve prospered most were and still are….banks.


  5. Sure, take the poll so the govt know who to harass and arrest for being domestic terrorists.


    • You mock the poll when readers who took the poll are anonymous, but you, “pm,” by commenting certainly has identified yourself to “the government”. Congratulations! /sarc

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    • About “domestic terrorists.” Al the abrogation of our civil liberties was allegedly in response to foreign terrorists who had been given visas, drivers licenses, and yes, voter registration cards. If there are any terrorists inside theUS, it is because our state department and immigration services have let them in. Before taking away Americans’ liberties, the borders should have been closed to the likes of Chechnyen radicaks like the Boston Bombers.

      But the drumbeat is still that Muslimsare peaceful, but Americans are too dangerous to trust.

      If we are fully capable of growing our own “domestic terrorists,” what, pray tell, is the purpose of importing them?


  6. traildustfotm

    I am not a “Sovereign Citizen.” The term is too charged with intentions I don’t support. To be one I would have to ignore scriptural directives to obey the law and pray for the people in authority.

    However, I will absolutely disobey the immoral laws being imposed by this Godless rogue government. Our current government has become so vile as to demand our defiance. Our Constitution is only able to govern a God fearing people. It is incapable of governing a people with seared conscience.

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    • Kevin J Lankford

      When one considers our scripture’s imperative to obey the laws of our government I can only presume, and will be guided by the presumption that it refers only to laws that are derived from the principles imposed by strict adherence to the “Ten Commandment” and not any statute or decree rooted in oppression and perversions that we know would offend our God.


  7. I think Pat Buchanan should be required reading in schools, for his powers of analysis and commentary.
    That said, I think what is going on here is a lot of beta-testing for when it all goes down. A lot of people don’t like the government and the courts, but the most they will do is protest—which gives the power-mongers a numerical estimate. At this point, every institution has been infiltrated and taken over, and bureaucratic rot has set in.
    I’m afraid it’s going to take a lot more poking and persecution to get the Revolution going. Riots and civil disobedience can be easily orchestrated, but I very much fear David Rockefeller’s dictum to be operationally true at this point: “All we need is the right crisis, and the public will accept the New World Order.”
    In the meantime, let each man “tend his own garden” and get in suvivalist mode.


  8. Leeann Springer

    I have always believed it is a “moral duty of Christians” to disobey laws that defy God and God’s nature. It is true, that our government has gone rogue and will continue to wax worse. As for Andrew Jackson; he was no friend to Native Americans. As a matter of fact, many elderly Native Americans would not carry money with his picture on it. I learned this history from my “great-great grandfather”, a Native American. I am not in defense of Andrew Jackson at all; however, sadly, many Natives worshipped other gods and not the “Father, Son and Holy Spirit”. When humans defy God and God’s nature, it will always lead to ruin and tragedy. I do not fear mankind or our corrupt government, at all. I fear what would happen to my soul, if I did not obey God.

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  9. Here is something you might like to read:

    “God’s Prescription for Persecution”

    As Christians, we fear God, not man.


  10. Acts 5:41

    So they went on their way from the presence of the Council, rejoicing that they had been considered worthy to suffer shame for His name.


  11. Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this wonderful post, and for providing us with Patrick Buchanan’s excellent essay.

    We all must ask Our Lord to help us to be courageous and bold when it becomes necessary to stand up against evil and violations of our beliefs. On one occasion, I had the obligation of disobeying my superior in the workplace. I was told I must take down my picture of St. Thomas More and other pictures of St. Joan of Arc because there were complaints. When I asked who specifically made these alleged complaints, she refused to disclose to me the names of the individuals. I told her that these great people inspire me to be a better judge, to be fair, reasonable, thoughtful, brave and effective, and that pictures of Thomas and Joan can be found in state universities and colleges because of their impact upon history. In fact, many of the attorneys who came before me complimented the artwork, also saying that Thomas and Joan inspired them to be finer and more excellent people in their quest for holiness. I obtained an attorney wherein I showed her the agreement of representation that was signed. I then told her that she could just fire me, as I was not taking down the artwork. I reminded her of the numerous religious artwork in our nation’s capital and elsewhere, showing her pictures and giving her a history of the artwork. I never heard another word again.

    At the time, I was afraid, because I did not want to be discharged as I loved my job. But I also knew that God would help me, along with Thomas and Joan. And I felt peace from Jesus, the peace that surpasses all understanding.

    I especially ask Our Lord to continue to bless Dr. Eowyn, who on a daily basis, stands up for the Truth and speaks the Truth to the world, with great charity and courage. We must follow Dr. Eowyn’s example.


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