Why Christians Need To Refuse Full-Body Scanners

Every week I see people willingly walk into full-body scanners. Because the scanners actually slow down the screening process, I have had plenty of time to observe the drones who submit. What I see is agonizing. People are obviously frustrated or angry considering the scowls on their faces. No one emits comfort to the invasion. Even more become anxious and fidgety. Clearly most think they must be guilty for simply holding a boarding pass. Innocence must therefore be a privilege granted by government agents.

There is an eeriness to this exercise that is akin to a procession slowly walking off a cliff. From a secular perspective, it is privacy and human rights that are murdered on entry into the scanners. For a Christian, yielding to a virtual strip search violates many Godly principles regarding bodily authority and privacy.

tsa-frisking-nun1First of all, Christians should not succumb to scans that expose nudity only a spouse should cherish. 

"The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does; and likewise also the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does" – 1Corinthians 7:4 (NASB)

Exposing the Temple of God to the state is in effect "giving to Ceaser" what is not Ceaser’s property. Jesus bought us all with a price and as such we are not our own. The body is not ours, but God’s.

"Do you not see and know that your bodies are members (bodily parts) of Christ (the Messiah)? Am I therefore to take the parts of Christ and make [them] parts of a prostitute? Never! Never!" – 1Corinthians 6:15 (AMP)

"Do you not know that your body is the temple (the very sanctuary) of the Holy Spirit Who lives within you, Whom you have received [as a Gift] from God? You are not your own, You were bought with a price [purchased with a [b]preciousness and paid for, [c]made His own]. So then, honor God and bring glory to Him in your body." – 1Corinthians 6:19-20 (AMP)

These same arguments are used to disparage pornography in the Christian church and can be applied in the context of full-body scanners. Christian neutrality to naked scanners is in-effect being indifferent to pornography.

There may be a large number of Christians who know better, but do not resist for fear of the state or social pressures. Isaiah 41:10 encourages us, “Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”

A spirit of fearfulness and passiveness does not come from God. We should be strong enough to stand firm in our convictions. A great example of this kind of boldness is found in the statement of Patrick Henry:

"Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!"

Likewise, Galatians 5:1 makes it clear that we should live as free persons, not slaves, "Christ having made us gloriously free–stand fast and do not again be hampered with the yoke of slavery." (Weymouth)  Do free people strip naked because an authority figure tells them to do so? No we do not.

It is therefore becoming of all Christians to fortify their hearts with the Will of God and refuse full-body scanners. If the Body Of Christ rises up and claims the body as a Sacred Temple then Ceaser (aka. the state) will honor it as such. Because God is the ultimate authority, civil governments can not ask us to do something that violates His own Word.

"For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good." – Romans 13:3-4 (ESV)

We are obligated to call out wrongs committed by others, including those in authority. Because the TSA is asking Christians to expose themselves with scanning machines, we should be  standing up against these intrusions.  Does the Bible command us to not exercise our 1st Amendment right to free speech? Rather, it tells us otherwise:

"Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? or who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?" – Psalm 94:16

May I encourage my Christian brothers and sisters in joining with me to "opt-out" of full-body scanners and receive a pat-down instead. While they proceed with the intrusive inspection, take that opportunity to minister a lesson about the true source of our Inalienable Rights and Freedoms.

"God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son so that whoever believes in him may not be lost, but have eternal life." – John 3:16 (New Century Version)

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Confederate Flag Day in Raleigh, NC

North Carolina Compatriots!

Once again, for the 23rd consecutive year, the North Carolina Division of The Sons of Confederate Veterans, is sponsoring Confederate Flag Day at the historic old (1840) North Carolina State Capitol in the heart of Raleigh. This year, as in the past, Flag Day will be held on the first Saturday of March–March 5–at 2 p.m., in the historic House of Representatives chamber on the second floor of the Capitol. This year we are privileged to have as our guest speaker one of the finest and most inspiring orators in all the Carolinas—Compatriot Ronnie Roach of the Graham-Burlington Camp. He will give his inspiring talk on "The Charge."

I don’t know how many of you have heard Compatriot Roach speak, but he brings you to your feet, brings tears to your eyes, and makes you want to really go forth and defend–and advance–our traditions and our culture.  You will not want to miss this unique event!

In addition to Compatriot Roach, we will feature musical selections by Ellis Selph and his musical group, an historic color guard, and other ceremonies. As usual, Rhonda Selph’s Watkin’s Grill (a short distance away) will offer its "Confederate specials" for lunch.

And very significantly, our First National flag will fly atop the State Capitol, one of three times during the year when this happens! (And how many other states can now say this??).

Make plans to attend now, and bring your family and friends. This is a truly unique opportunity to honor our flags, the men who carried them, and our historic Southern and Confederate Culture!!

See you there on Saturday, March 5, 2011!!

Tom Smith

Commander, North Carolina Division

The Sons of Confederate Veterans


Bob Etheridge Is Now Carolina Pimp Daddy Cash

crybabyetheridge North Carolina Governor Beverly Purdue has obviously gotten sick and tired of Baby Bobby Etheridge crying on her shoulder since he lost reelection last year. In a rush of compassion, she has appointed him North Carolina’s Pimp Daddy Cash. As director of the state Office Of  Economic Recovery and Investment, Etheridge will pass out political favors in the form of federal stimulus money to stimulate our North Carolina economy.

The job should be very easy for Etheridge. He plans to approach North Carolina Democratic political hacks screaming “Who Are You?”  If they respond in a flattering manner, he writes them a check. Mission accomplished.

Nothing makes more sense than to a Democrat than to pay a 71 year-old 98K annually to “manage North Carolina Recovery funds responsibly” and “create jobs.”  Translated into sensible talk, that means Etheridge will be the trap door for sponsorship of more government programs. As a matter of circumstance, this job will end in 2012 – just in time for him to engage in his re-election campaign in 2012.

Expect the profiteers of the Etheridge Exchange to staff the army fighting to get his 2nd Congressional District seat back. That’s fine, Bobby. The voters already know who you are. It’s time to retire old man.

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S.E. Cupp Need Not Play Second Fiddle To Glenn Beck

secupp Those unable to overdose on Glen Beck’s Prozac-pouting paranoia can add another stimulant to the apothecary of their Insider Extreme subscriptions this week: SE Cupp. The red-blooded and red-haired conservative commentator and author is starring in a hour-long broadcast that will kick around pistons, politics and pole-fishing in one big brew-ha-ha. I have a feeling that this show is geared toward those who like to see smart and sexy conservative women pick fights.  You know, people like me. We all know that female conservative pundits are the best and most beautiful on TV. If your not convinced, get the calendar to see if that lights your liberty flame on a daily basis.

My first problem is this: it costs money to see this program. Why would I subscribe to Glenn Beck’s extreme membership just to see SE Cupp? She is everything a red-blooded American boy could want; but, I ain’t going through pimp-daddy Beck to see her. I’m actually surprised that they didn’t name the show, “Sex-E Cupp” to stimulate membership.

Second of all, Cupp has no need to be a second-tier host. She has done enough commentary on Hannity and Red-Eye to show that she can handle a show of her own. Her effort would be as popular as Huckabee on Fox News. Young intelligent women relate well to young intelligent women on TV and so do men of all shades, for that matter. Her intellectual and classy demeanor would earn her a more mature audience, too.  Overall, SE would be a roaring success on Fox News and needs her own show.

I would love to see her verbally smack Arianna Huffington so hard with her book “Losing Our Religion” that it leaves an imprint of Ronald Reagan on the cheek. It will not happen, but I could see that happening. That’s what gorgeous red-blooded, red-headed smart chicks do–they act like they were raised on ‘gator. Who wouldn’t want to see that?

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What The Tea Party Can Learn From Egypt and Tunisia

8-5x11_signs-thum-blue Trouble is brewing in the middle east.  And its not looking so good for the kings, princes and other ruling classes.  From an elitist perch in castles nestled safely above the people, they can smell the smoke billowing from the flame of liberty.  Their goose is cooked whether they know it or not.  The uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia will bring change and revolution.  There is no doubt of this when the protestors have the most powerful weapon at its disposal – internet social networking.  The Tea Party would be wise to take some notes.

As Gary North dutifully points out, use of social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter have enabled the protestors to organize and deploy on the fly.  This force is almost impossible to stoke because governments are not limber enough to get in the way.  Never before have the people been able to out flank their government on the streets.  Instant imagery and live video feeds bring the fight to everyone around the globe.  We all become involved, connected and sit at the table of conflict.

In all the ruckus, there is a valuable lesson for the Tea Party in America.  The internet is the key to unlock revolution in America.  Facebook, Twitter, texting, YouTube, ect. are not just essential tools in winning the hearts of Americans – they are some of the tools to use.  In fact, the Tea Party should become a digital social network itself, moving beyond websites and message boards.  The entire enterprise should be a conversation that is innovative, engaging and inclusive at the same time.

The spirit of Freedom and Liberty ignites easily when tyranny is exposed.  Dormant Patriots will emerge if they become spokesmen in the giant voice calling for a reboot of Washington, DC.