[Update 1/10/11 - I'm getting some traffic for the golden oldie after the tragic events in Tuscon on Saturday. This post was a flawed exercise in looking at the logical extent of what my linkers call "eliminationist" thought.
Such wiping out of your enemies isn't right and goes counter to God's word. Check out Romans 13 before trying to join the CLF or a liberal counterpart.
Some people will take the demonizing of ones foes too far and take up arms. What I was shooting for was to head off such rhetoric before someone does do this. I'm not sure if it would have helped the shooter on Saturday from cooling off, since he doesn't mention much modern politics in his ventings, but it wouldn't have hurt.}
Note-I am NOT advocating the following fantasy episode, but it has a following in the darker parts of my mind.
WASHINGTON-January 6, 2004. A paramilitary organization calling itself the Christian Liberation Front changed the balance of power in Washington by a pair of brutal attacks this afternoon. A force estimated at about 200 CLF commandos stormed the Supreme Court building, killing 35 people, including five Supreme Court Justices. At the same time, a contingent of 1,000 CLF paramilitaries attacked the Hart Senate Office Building, where a Senate Democratic Caucus meeting was being held. Approximately 50 people were killed in the attack. Once the commandos had seized the building, they systematically killed Democratic senators from states with Republican governors. Here is a list of the 21 senators killedOK, I'm ignoring Vermont, where the governor is a RINO, IIRC, and sparing Ben Nelson and Zell Miller as well. I'm also assuming that Bobby Jindal wins Saturday.
Daniel Akaka Byron Dorgan Mary Landrieu John Breaux Bob Graham Blanche Lincoln Hillary Clinton Ernest Hollings Barbara Mikulski Kent Conrad Daniel Inouyye David Pryor Tom Daschle Tim Johnson Harry Reid Mark Dayton Ted Kennedy Paul Sarbanes Chris Dodd John Kerry Chuch Schumer
Joe Lieberman was campaigning in South Carolina, and missed the assassins. The attackers turned themselves in to police, and are proudly confessing their crimes, cooperating with authorities.
If the governors appoint Republican replacements, there will be 72 Republicans in the US Senate until replacement elections can be held. Even if a few Democrats are named, there will be likely at least 60 votes to vote for cloture and appoint replacements for the slain Supreme Court justices, changing the balance of power on the court.
I'm also assuming that such bloodshed would be a good idea; I don't think it would. Would five extra conservatives on the Supreme Court and a filibuster-free Senate be worth the bloodshed? It is opposing evil, given some of the less-than-biblical decisions that have emanated from the court.
If we want to use the Nuremberg approach of opposing evil government, would that be a valid American version of the generals plot on Hitler? Most people don't give Bonhoffer grief for being part of that plot. Germany would have been a better place without him and thousands of lives would have been saved had they succeeded.
However, as much as I don't like them, Justice Ginsberg and Senator Clinton aren't Hitlers. We have a flawed but functional democracy and a legal system that generally protects our rights. Were we to advocate the creation of the CLF, we'd start down the road to anarchy, with militant liberals looking to kill off George Allen so that Mark Warner can name a replacement. It might be a short-term victory for judicial conservatism, but a long term loss for our society and the cause of Christ.
When I start thinking of that Nuremberg imperative, I do have to remember that we're not in Nazi Germany. We do have a duty to not cooperate in evil, but we also have to remember that we're not to perpetrate a greater evil in order to stop a smaller one. Most civil disobedience causes more harm than it solves, and civil wars generally cause more evil than they alleviate.
It's usually better to work within the system than to declare "war" on the system, whether you fight with guns or with sit-ins.
[Update 6:30AM 11-14 ----- I do not support the scenario above. I was expressing a sentiment that we can fall prey to IF we let the combating evil rhetoric go too far. Peaceful civil disobedience can often lead to violent civil disobedience. I think the rhetoric of Operation Rescue types can help lead to Paul Hill type assassins (or for those of you on the left, Greenpeace leading to ELF); I'm trying to nip that impulse in the bud in me and in others. [11:45AM-no, the ELF or Earth First haven't done killed anyone that we know of. I had thought that tree-spiking had killed someone in the past, but my memory was faulty there; here's a seemingly-good piece on the issue that says that people have been hurt but not killed by spiking.]
Why shouldn't we take up arms against our enemy? Because the US government is much more our ally than our enemy. It is a system, flawed as it is, that allows the Gospel to flourish, relatively unfettered. We need to work with in the system, not try to start a second revolution.
For those of you on the left who want to label me a typically sick Christian, it's your legal right to do so, even if it doesn't reflect reality well. I've had to take down some profane comments. I will admit to having occasional violent thought come through my mind, but I do not physically act on them (at least since coming to the Lord two decades ago), and repent of them when those thoughts do happen.]
[Update 6:45AM 11-16-I've closed the comment section on this one. Any comments along the lines of the following
I need psychiartric care.
The FBI needs to take me in.
I'm a f---ing a--hole.
I should be the target of an left-wing hit squad.
I'm a typical right-wing Christian sicko
I did Bohnoffer disservice in the title (true, in 20-20 hindsight)
have already been posted multiple times. You can save the keystokes.]