Recently, the town council of Houston added its name to a long list of constitutional bullies. It recently attempted to infringe upon its citizens’ 1st Amendment rights by conducting a witch hunt against Houston’s churches in an attempt to find something that will justify removing their tax exempt status. But its actions may have proven that the proverbial last straw does actually exist when it comes to assaults against our rights to worship freely. Not only have Houston’s churches refused to submit to politically correct bullies; they have done what churches around the country should have been doing since 1954. When Lyndon B. Johnson subversively attached the Johnson Amendment to a piece of IRS legislation and silenced the political voice of the churches, the churches remained silent. But not this time. This time, Houston may have gone too far and forced the churches to finally take a stand. And for that, we thank you, Houston!
Unfortunately, there is a long list of assaults against our constitutional rights that go unnoticed, and when noticed make the news momentarily but are quickly forgotten. It would be a gross understatement to say this country is in dire straits. And until now and the situation in Houston, little has been accomplished against the many assaults against our rights. But before trying to figure out how to take our lead from the churches that are finally taking a stand, let’s try to understand the full breadth of our fall by taking a look at some of the other assaults that have taken place against our liberties.
The encroachment upon our rights by the United Nations alone is enough to make one’s head spin. On page 115 of his book, International Merger by Foreign Entanglements, Arthur Thompson lists the gamut of man’s life and activities impacted by UN initiatives. They are as follows:
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- Fundamental Rights: Universal Declaration of Human Rights, International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
- Banking, Economics, and Monetary Policy: International Monetary Fund, World Bank, United Nations Economic and Social Council
- Trade: World Trade Organization
- Industry: United Nations Industrial Development Organization
- Education: United Nations Children’s Fund, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
- Women: United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women
- Birth Control, Abortion, Population Control: United Nations Population Fund
- Private Ownership of Firearms: United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (heavy UN regulation of privately owned firearms-not yet ratified by Congress. Obama supported ratification but ran into heated opposition in Congress.)
- Oceans and Their Tributaries: United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, International Seabed Authority, and International Maritime Organization (Ocean tributaries means the rivers that flow out of all countries and their tributaries within the interior of the countries.)
- Courts That Can Supersede American Courts: International Court of Justice, International Criminal Court
- Labor: International Labor Organization
- Agriculture: Food and Agricultural Organization, International Fund for Agriculture Development and World Food Programme (sic)
- Environment: United Nations Environmental Programme (sic) and Global Environment Facility
- Tourism: United Nations World Tourism Organization
Unfortunately, the list above is not comprehensive. Thompson did not include treaties that are pending ratification by our Senate, such as:
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