Gun-Grabbing Religious Useful Idiots Really Serving Interests of All-Powerful State

“Veniamin (Kazansky), Russian Orthodox Metropolitan of Petrograd and Gdov in 1917-1922, at the session of the Petrograd Revolutionary Provincial Tribunal facing charges of “Counter Revolutionary Agitation” for his stand against the wholescale requisitioning of church valuables by the Bolsheviks. He was charged and executed by firing squad by the decision of the Tribunal in 1922.” — Who better for the religious to give total power to than to those who demand it? (Public Domain)

U.S.A. – -(Ammoland.com)- “Everytown for Gun Safety, which expects to spend $60 million on this year's elections, is forging its interfaith effort amid ongoing concerns about shootings at houses of worship,” the Associated Press reports. Among the “faith partners” for disarmament are, among others, Red Letter Christians, former pro-lifer turned abortionist BFF Rob Schenck, and a United Church of Christ/Black Lives Matter influencer who evidently believes the police he protests against should be the “Only Ones” with guns.

The partnership with the secular left is telling. Socialist government cultists are typically disparaging of evangelical Christians, and of Jews when the subject of Israel and Palestine comes up while smearing anyone who is not enthusiastically welcoming of Muslims as a hater.

What’s also telling is how, by playing fast and loose with tax exemption rules, these groups are de facto opposing Republicans and supporting Democrats, particularly Joe Biden, who in typical quid pro Joe pandering fashion, “released a proposal last month to boost security at houses of worship.” God forbid parishioners to be able to protect themselves. These people want laws that would leave such defenders unarmed, meaning they demand higher body counts.

As for being slippery with exemptions, we can consult the anti-gun zealot group websites and see for ourselves:

“All donations are tax-deductible,” Red Letter Christians announces.

“All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law,” Schenck’s group, The Dietrich Bonhoeffer Institute, echoes.

The United Church of Christ explains:

“Your church is restricted from engaging in some political activities because it is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. For example, your church is prohibited from expressing its support for or opposition to any candidate. Your church is also prohibited from making political contributions to candidates. There are no restrictions on educating church members about election-year issues and promoting discussion of public policy.”

The Internal Revenue Service qualifies that:

“On the other hand, voter education or registration activities with evidence of bias that (a) would favor one candidate over another; (b) oppose a candidate in some manner; or (c) have the effect of favoring a candidate or group of candidates, will constitute prohibited participation or intervention.”

Don’t expect to see anyone raise an eyebrow over tax-exempt nod-and-wink campaigning for gun-grabbers, though. An example from years past helps explain why.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State snitched on a pastor to the IRS back in 2013 because he’s told his parishioners “If you vote for Mitt Romney, you are voting for Satan!” I could say worse about Romney, but not for the same reasons. In this case, the minister was big-time prejudiced against Mormons. As offensive as we might find that, if one religion can’t denounce another religion in this country anymore, then the First Amendment isn’t worth the parchment it’s written on.

But OK — say the opinionated clergyman crossed a line and violated IRS electioneering rules. Until such time as we do the right thing and abolish the damn agency, there shouldn’t be preferred groups that can get away with violations you or I cannot because self-styled watchdogs are more interested in weaponized government than in the consistency of principles.

So wasn’t it curious that Americans United could not have cared less about “Reverend” Michael “Snuffy” Pfleger stumping for “Reverend” Al Sharpton and Barack Obama?

It’s not curious at all if you look at where their current president’s head is at:

“[S]tarting in 2014, white Christians ceased being the majority in America. Add to that the first black president, the rapid movement toward LGBTQ equality, the #MeToo movement, the fast rise of the religiously unaffiliated or the ‘Nones’ and the fact that America will be majority black and brown by 2046. This all has engendered great fear among white Christians particularly vested in traditional power structures.”

This is the secular fundamental transformation/cultural terraforming of America that Democrats are counting on for votes and Chamber of Commerce Republicans for cheap labor. It’s also, not coincidentally, the greatest threat to continued legal recognition of the right to keep and bear arms, something none of our state and national “gun rights leaders” has been willing to acknowledge, let alone champion, lest the “national socialists” behind it all smear them as “haters,” too. As if they don’t already.

Those who hold religion in contempt have always been more than happy to exploit religious useful idiots if it advances their agenda. At some point, when they’re no longer needed, useful idiots are then “fundamentally transformed” into useless eaters, right before they’re further “fundamentally transformed” into fertilizer.

Anyone who thinks this is just about a difference of opinion with “our friends across the aisle” hasn’t been paying attention. This is existential, and recalls an observation by my late friend and colleague Mike Vanderboegh, who noted:

“We are, in fact, two countries divided by the fundamental difference of principle on the question: Does the government serve the people, or do the people serve the government?”

Those who mean to rule mean to do it totally.

“Marx’s line about the ‘opium of the people’ only hints at the ideology’s hostility,” a Wall Street Journal opinion piece from last year documented. “No amount of hope or hermeneutic effort can cleanse communism’s record of blood — especially the blood of religious adherents.”

That, in turn, recalls a sermon from a time when ministers were true community, as well as religious leaders, this one from Rev. Gilbert Tennent of Philadelphia:

“He that suffers his life to be taken from him by one who has no authority for that purpose, when he might preserve it by defense, incurs the Guilt of self-murder since God has enjoined him to seek the continuance of his life, and Nature itself teaches every creature to defend itself.”

The damage the Bloomberg clergy can do is incalculable. It’s incumbent on all people of faith who know better to call them on it when we hear them spreading lies, and to not let them get away with it.



About David Codrea:David Codrea

David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating/defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament. He blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” is a regularly featured contributor to Firearms News, and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.

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Tionico
Tionico
6 months ago

David, you are on to the very reason the “religious useful idiots” of Jerusalem coopted the Roman government to have their hands put to service in the killing of Jesus. He rightfully claimed to be King. Those pretending to be in charge could not abide such a claim. It threatened their very existence and faux-power structure. When the Roman king herod tried to pull rank and inform Jesus “I have the pwoer to take your life” He responded that HE, Jesus, had the pwer to lay His own life down, and to take it up again. Outrageous claim, and false… Read more »

Deplorable Bill
Deplorable Bill
6 months ago

I run a security detail at a local Church. It is sad that it must be so but like I.B. says, there are a lot of nut cases out there. I would add there are a LOT of evil people out there who look for easy targets. We have seen this in America before, I would point out at least two different occasions in Texas alone. We all know this is true. My group is simply a few volunteers who habitually carry anyway, do have to go through a qualification course for handguns. This course far exceeds the C.C.W. and… Read more »

Tionico
Tionico
6 months ago

ten ring stuff. One quibble.. having studied the matter, it is plain that the “social distancing” nonsense is worthless. My breath, once released in normal status, can travel about thirty feet in less than a minute. So what, if we stand a fathom apart in the line to the checkout wicket? When the queue advances one “notch”, what am I breathing? And what is the guy behind me breathing? In an “inside” environment like that, any virus I just exhaled will remain viable and contagious in the place where I exhaled it for several minutes. To the guy behind me… Read more »

CommonSense4America
CommonSense4America
6 months ago
Reply to  Tionico

The mask are nothing more than the airport TSA. It’s all for show to make the public feel safe and that the government is ‘doing’ something.

Camotim
Camotim
6 months ago

The LBJ Amendment to 501(c)(3) has an almost exclusive history of being used against those on the right.

Idaho Bob
Idaho Bob
6 months ago

I haven’t gone to Church unarmed in years because there are too many nutcases out there ready and willing to do the devils work. “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly (John 10:10)”. As far as who the useful idiots are: The term “useful idiot” more than ever applies to a vast swath of citizens in the United States who have been cynically used by the hardcore left for a cause they are unwilling to understand. Therefore,… Read more »

Quatermain
Quatermain
6 months ago

Luke 22:36 is the operative command here. This plus 2A in the American context, renders everything else that is legislatively enacted as null and void.

hippybiker
hippybiker
6 months ago

We could use more Lutheran Pastors like the ones from Revolutionary Times. “ The Black Brigade” we’re hated and feared by the British!

Doszap
Doszap
6 months ago
Reply to  hippybiker

I fear the Lutheran Church has gone to the Dark side.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
6 months ago
Reply to  Doszap

@Doz, get on your church’s council. Get on your School Board. Get on the County Commissionars. And change things.

Quatermain
Quatermain
6 months ago
Reply to  Doszap

Certainly the ELCA has, Missouri Synod not so much.

Tionico
Tionico
6 months ago
Reply to  hippybiker

and with good reason. Those MEN were something to fear. IF you were on the side agaisnt liberty.

J Gibbons
J Gibbons
6 months ago

I find it frighteningly ironic that an organization named for Dietrich Bonhoeffer would willingly make the same mistakes Bonhoeffer made early on in the events leading up to WWII. The Lutheran church in Germany was willing to turn a blind eye to the early atrocities at the hands of the Nazi party, and yet that is exactly what Schenck is doing now. Honest pastors don’t use a lie or made-up phenomenon like “gun violence” to support their positions. Honest pastors also their counter-cultural role to be the voice of conscience to society and to government very seriously. Schenck and others… Read more »

Doszap
Doszap
6 months ago
Reply to  J Gibbons

At the church I attend (the LORDS really),the Pastor and some members have an unknown squad, multiple people armed, and no one in the Congregation knows who they are.On top of that no one knows how many worshipers also are armed, out of approx 500-700 people per service, I would say at least 36-48+ people are packing.
Plus the Church squad.
Of course this is Texas, and we are Southern Baptists.
Someone has to Guard HIS Sheep.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
6 months ago
Reply to  Doszap

@Doz, Why are you going to a place where 5-700 people group up at the same time, anyway? That is a worthy target.

Finnky
Finnky
6 months ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

@WB – I think that is standard “city church” service size. As you well know, everything is bigger in Texas. Not sure of its accuracy, but saw a graphic yesterday showing all states with population greater than that of DFW. Basically fewer than 15 states have populations larger than that of DFW. Houston dwarfs DFW. This puts many church goers in relatively small areas, so stands to reason churches grow accordingly. While I agree with you that it is a worthy target, it isn’t extreme. Clearly @Doz’s fellow congregants agree with you – hence they have “hardened the target”. Always… Read more »

Tionico
Tionico
6 months ago
Reply to  Doszap

few years back I went to visit friends in Texas. y schedule had me arriving Sunday AM in their city, so I asked the address of their meeting, and just showed up there. Knowing Texas law at the time, and having been armed since I had left Califonria (driving) I walked on into the meeting just as I’d been the past three days on the road.. armed. I was not sure of their “protocol”. Did not take long, Based on his manner and bearing, and some of his words I surpmised that the pastor was likely armed. As I observed… Read more »

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
6 months ago

How soon the world forgets.

RoyD
RoyD
6 months ago

When I attend church services I know that at least one person there has a gun.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
6 months ago
Reply to  RoyD

and Will, Yeah, three.

Idaho Bob
Idaho Bob
6 months ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

Plus one makes four!

macdog
macdog
6 months ago
Reply to  Idaho Bob

Absolutely and Amen

Autsin Miller III
Autsin Miller III
6 months ago

David, thank you for the article. I am a full time pastor of a mid sized church (about 600 members) in the Mid West. I regularly shoot with members of my congregation, I organized a conceal carry class for interested members and we have a VERY robust security team. I share that because even with that, we are in a very liberal denomination. They THINK they can move the needle on gun control just by stating a position. Here is the truth though. According to Pugh research the overwhelming majority of citizens claim Christianity but only about 22% o the… Read more »