Government training clergy to “quell dissent”


Richard Moore

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August 26, 2007
Government training clergy to "quell dissent"
By Joe Parko

A KSLA-TV news report from Louisiana has confirmed the story that Clergy

Response Teams are being trained by the federal government to "quell dissent" 
and pacify citizens to obey the government in the event of a declaration of 
martial law.

The report confirms the existence of a nationwide Homeland Security program 
which is training pastors and other religious

representatives to teach their congregations to "obey
the government" in preparation for a declaration of martial law.

A whistleblower who attended one of the training sessions reports that the feds 
were recruiting religious leaders to help implement government Homeland Security
directives in anticipation of a terrorist attack or a nationally declared 

The first directive was for pastors to preach to their congregations Romans 13, 
the often taken out of context bible passage that was used by Hitler to hoodwink
Christians into supporting him, in order to teach them to "obey the government" 
when martial law is declared.

It was stressed that the pastors needed to preach subservience to the 
authorities ahead of time in preparation for the round-ups and to make it clear 
to the congregation that "this is for their own good."

Pastors were told that they would be backed up by law enforcement in controlling
uncooperative individuals and that they would even lead SWAT teams in attempting
to quell resistance.

Though some doubted the accuracy of earlier reports about government training 
the clergy, the story has now been confirmed by a

<>KSLA 12 news report, in which 
participating clergy and officials admit to the existence of the program.

Watch the video.

The report entertains the scenario of martial law as depicted in the movie The 
Siege andstates that "quelling dissent would be critical."

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.

For the clergy teams, 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."

Screenshot from the KSLA 12 news article that accompanies the video report


So there you have it - Homeland Security is working with local police 
departments and religious leaders to prepare for a declaration of martial law 
and in particular to develop techniques they will employ during the crisis to 
"quell dissent."

When the government starts training clergy on how to make citizens do the 
government's bidding, then the wall between church and state has been breached 
and we are on the dangerous road to our churches becoming servants of the state.

Separation of church and state is not just about protecting the government from 
interference by the church. It is also about protecting the church from 
interference by the government.

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Authors Bio: Joe Parko is a retired college professor who taught in the School 
of Policy Studies at Georgia State University. He is a founding member of the 
Georgia Peace and Justice Coalition.


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