We have already been warned by Secretary Chertoff that the threat of terrorist attacks in the near future is very dire indeed. So DHS is taking the next logical step: preparing for the aftermath. And who would be best equipped to calm crowds of panicking people? Enter the Clergy Response Team.
Could martial law ever become a reality in America? Some fear any nuclear, biological or chemical attack on U.S. soil might trigger just that. KSLA News 12 has discovered that the clergy would help the government with potentially their biggest problem: Us.
A little hysterical there. I’m surprised they didn’t mention black helicopters!
But gun confiscation is exactly what happened during the state of emergency following Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, along with forced relocation. U.S. Troops also arrived, something far easier to do now, thanks to last year’s elimination of the 1878 Posse Comitatus act, which had forbid regular U.S. Army troops from policing on American soil.
Oops. I spoke too soon! Thank goodness that crusty old law was finally laid to rest. The army can be very useful in a crisis when their hands are not tied by useless bureaucracy.
Dr. Durell Tuberville serves as chaplain for the Shreveport Fire Department and the Caddo Sheriff’s Office. Tuberville said of the clergy team’s mission, “the primary thing that we say to anybody is, ‘let’s cooperate and get this thing over with and then we’ll settle the differences once the crisis is over.'”
Such clergy response teams would walk a tight-rope during martial law between the demands of the government on the one side, versus the wishes of the public on the other. “In a lot of cases, these clergy would already be known in the neighborhoods in which they’re helping to diffuse that situation,” assured Sandy Davis. He serves as the director of the Caddo-Bossier Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.
The most important thing in a crisis is to point to the good book and encourage people to have faith and pray for guidance. Only through steadfast faith and thoughtful prayer can salvation be received.
For the clergy team, one of the biggest tools that they will have in helping calm the public down or to obey the law is the bible itself, specifically Romans 13. Dr. Tuberville elaborated, “because the government’s established by the Lord, you know. And, that’s what we believe in the Christian faith. That’s what’s stated in the scripture.”
Amen. And if all else fails, call the Church Police!
Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
Update: See how the black helicopter crowd is reporting this. Paranoia can be hilarious!