Thursday, April 26, 2018 05:27

You can’t make this stuff up. Seriously.

– Wiccapundit

I have no problem with most Christians, truly I don’t.  The true Christians I know are generally pleasant, non-confrontational people who may think I’m wrong in my spiritual beliefs, but who are not intolerant and don’t treat me like I’m a Satanic, axe-wielding nutjob.

These people, however, seem to have slipped off the edge of the map, and have veered into “Here Be Dragons” territory.  I only give the link so you can check this out for yourselves.

Repent Amarillo

The site has graphics that look remarkably like the U.S. Army’s ad campaign “An Army of One” except that it is “An Army of God.”  Interestingly, there is a star-shaped pendant shown hanging over the phrase;  it looks eerily like – a pentagram, the symbol of witchcraft and Wicca!  The motto of the group is “We are the Special Forces of spiritual warfare, we’re looking for a few good warriors.”  It is posted next to a picture that appears to be actual Special Forces wearing maroon berets, which would make them Airborne special forces.

The site refers to groups of “Soldiers” who must be “confrontational, but composed” and who will attend events such as gay pride parades, breast cancer awareness events(?), and “demonically based concerts.”  Seriously, does anyone really think that the most significant danger to the Republic is aging metalheads attending a “Black Sabbath” concert?   Come on, Ozzy is in his sixties and can barely muster the energy to stagger on stage (although he can still rock the joint).

Targets for attention include:

Idolatry locations such as palm readers, false religions, and witchcraft. Many of the smaller missions listed above may be just prayer oriented missions for tearing down demonic strongholds or they may involve more aggressive use of soldiers and prayer warriors. Some other missions occasionally employed may be “undercover operations” where the groups show up together but are not publicly visible together to effect the outcome of a public meeting such as city commissioners meetings, etc.

So, tactics include “aggressive use of soldiers” (whatever that means) and deception to influence public policy meetings.  “What Would Jesus Do?”  Hide his true face and then be “aggressive.”  Yeah, I guess that whole “love thy neighbor” and “turn the other cheek” thing don’t play in New Skool Christianity.

At the “Warfare Map” link on the site (no, I’m not making this up), there are interactive pushpins you can scroll over to see the intended targets, which include pagan circles, “idol worship” centers such as the Masons and the Buddhists, and the most hideous threat to modern Christianity and Western civilization: “compromised church’s (sic)” such as the Episcopal and Methodist Churches.  For realz. This would be Teh Funneh if it wasn’t Teh Stupid.

I would think true Christians would be as embarrassed about this behavior as they are about the “God Hates Fags” sign-holding Westboro Baptist Church nuts who haunt military funerals.  For those readers who are Christian and who have been kind enough to visit us and comment here, what do you think?  Is this your Christianity?

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13 Responses to “You can’t make this stuff up. Seriously.”

  1. Elphaba says:

    This reminds me of a Baptist Church sign I once saw that read: Tolerance Is Another Word For Apathy. I remember thinking, “Hmm. I wonder where that is in the Bible…Asshats 3:12? In all fairness, I know plenty of Baptists who do not feel this way, and are lovely people.

    This kind of group is an embarrassment to Christians in the same way that the wingnut lefty pagan activists are to us. At any rate, they are likely to get the crap beat out of themselves if they aren’t careful.

  2. At any rate, they are likely to get the crap beat out of themselves if they aren’t careful.

    There’s a place and purpose for all God’s chil’in! Else, why do you think he gave each of us 10 pints? 🙂

  3. As a Catholic, and a Franciscan at that, I do think this is going rather into the “Ministry of Good Intentions”, and we all know where “good intentions” often lead. They will get into trouble depicting soldiers, actual active duty military on their site, so I can only wonder why they are doing so. Technicalities out of the way, I do have a small bone of contention: the whole “love thy neighbor” and “turn the other cheek” have been taken waaaaaaaaaay out of context for too long, to the point where anyone that has never read the Bible believes we Christians ARE to turn the other cheek, ALWAYS, and love our neighbor, no matter WHAT the neighbor does to us. Simply put, we are to turn the other cheek only if the transgression is small and petty, and not worth the trouble. If the transgression is otherwise, we can and should repay it in kind, so that the one wronged can have his time to correct the one inflicting the wrong. And we should love our neighbor, just not be blinded by that love as to not notice if the neighbor means harm. These tenets have been used against Christians for a long time. Remember, Jesus had his Apostles carry weapons at all times, and he let loose His righteous rage at those who would befoul the Temple.

    In my opinion, the people at that site are using the whole “Onward Christian Soldiers” meme in a twisted way. Little good can come of it.

    • Wiccapundit says:

      LC, thanks for the clarification. No disrespect was intended regarding interpretation of Christian doctrine, particularly “turn the other cheek.” We get too much of that regarding our beliefs. And I do remember my Vacation Bible School stories regarding Samson slaughtering the Philistines with the jawbone of an ass, and the Battle of Jericho during the Israelites’ conquest of Canaan.

      I received a thorough Catholic school education, to the extent that I can STILL say the basic Catholic prayers in Latin (which is a beautiful language, by the way). There is an interesting site where you can view online Latin masses 24/7.

      Wiccans do not proselytize, although I understand that proselytizing is an important part of evangelical Christianity. Nonetheless, the whole “soldier of God” mindset resonates a LITTLE too close to the tenets of Islam for my taste, and the in-your-face approach to conversion is likely to be less than successful, in my view.

      • No disrespect was shown, Wiccapundit 🙂

        In truth, I hold the same views as you do when it comes to proselytizing. Sure, someone has questions, I’ll answer to the best of my ability. But I am a firm believer in free will, and will not try to persuade someone to my religion by scaring the ever-loving shi’te out of them.

        As I tell hubby, if I turn the other cheek, it is only to check the ammo 😀

  4. Elphaba says:

    Aggie,

    My father is one of those ‘turn the other cheek’ Christians. He will never defend himself against any threat, to his repeated detriment. I can’t imagine that Jesus would have wanted this, but Dad interprets the sacrifice on the cross as an example for how to live his own life (I grew up with the stench of burning martyr). Love my Dad to pieces and I respect him, but I deeply disagree with him on this. I think that any just God would allow for self defense and for the right to nip evil in the bud, so what you are saying makes perfect sense to me.

    I wish it were possible for everyone to have a live-and-let-live approach to life: if a person isn’t hurting me or anyone else, and if they aren’t breaking any laws, then I don’t give a tinker’s damn what their spiritual template is…it’s their business. If their goal is to undermine my freedom or threaten my life (or that of my loved ones), they do so at their peril. I may go down, but I’m taking them down with me. 😉

  5. James S. says:

    Wow, if I had the authority and conceit to apologize for my religion because of guys like this I’d be sorely tempted to do so. I probably wouldn’t but I would be tempted. I guess I’m just glad whoever runs that site has confined their “battleground” to Amarillo. Of course, if I’m ever in Amarillo that map is a might fine guide to the location of all the strip clubs:)

    BTW, the red beret is primarily worn by paratroopers (paratroopers are not special forces) though it is also used by 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR) and non Special Operations soldiers that support SOF (SOF need supply guys too). Rangers wear tan berets and Army SOF wear green berets. Delta wears whatever it wants.

    • Wiccapundit says:

      Today Amarillo, tomorrow… who knows?

      I occasionally have to offer a roll of the eyes and a knowing grimace to friends when some loony half-twit pseudo-pagan makes an ass of themselves, usually in the media.

      James, I defer to your more extensive knowledge of things military. I suspect you might be ex-military, given your comments. If so, thank you for your service.

      You are correct regarding the beret colors. For awhile, there were a bewildering array of colors utilized by various units. When the Army went to black berets as standard, Rangers were rather put out, as I understand. I was somewhat confused by the picture on that site, as my research indicated that not only are red/maroon berets worn by U.S. airborne forces, but by many foreign paratroop forces, such as those of Britain, Singapore, France, Portugal, and even Germany (Bundeswehr). The photo on the site was, of course, not specific. It seems to me they just grabbed a GIF image that someone thought looked cool.

      Honestly, making the rounds of the pagan circles, strip clubs, and Masonic lodges in Amarillo would make for a hell of a weekend.

      • James S. says:

        Um, I am currently serving in the 101st Airborne Div. at Ft. Campbell, KY. There’s no ex in there :). I became interested in your site because, while I am Christian, my wife and mother-in-law are Wiccan. My mother-in-law lives in El Paso so I went to see how big this joker thought he should extend. I seriously doubt he is converting anybody to his way of thinking. I’m probably misquoting Winston Churchill here but “The definition of Fanaticism is being unable to change your mind and being unwilling to change the subject” He might draw some like minded folks there and he might draw a few local reporters but any media will probably come off as a brief “look at the crazies” story.

        • Wiccapundit says:

          Blessed Be to you, your wife, and your mother-in-law.

          Current military! And 101st Airborne to boot. Double thank you for your continuing service. I have been a military history buff all my life. I never served, because my eyesight is so crappy. From the age of 5 I knew exactly what I wanted to do with my life: Annapolis, Navy, jets… Around third grade that dream died with the thick eyeglasses. My contribution now consists of what I can do with the military assistance organizations I list on my “Support the Troops” page here. Any additions to that list you might suggest would be appreciated.

          Interesting that you are a Christian married to a Wiccan. Not common, but not impossible, either. It appears that your attitude mirrors that of the many Christians I call friends who know what I am. First comes surprise, then bemusement, then curiosity, then interest, then benign acceptance, as if I were just another Methodist on the block. How you live your life and treat other people is more important in my book than the label you choose to define yourself.

          I think you are right about those Texas fanatics being a local phenomenon. That kind of fundamentalism just doesn’t attract large numbers of people in American society. Like the Westboro Baptist weirdos: most Baptists I know wouldn’t be caught dead anywhere near them. What exactly they think they will accomplish interfering with the solemnity of military funerals is beyond me. Self-righteous narcissism, I gather.

  6. Danette S says:

    *cackle* I’m always poking my husband (James S) about that. He turns such interesting shades of red. Usually followed with loud and extensive rants about how he’s just a REMF (rear – echilon mother-f***er) not going around kicking out doors. Of course then he comes home with evaluations that talk about how becuase of him and his work operational readiness was incresed by 20% and the various aircraft were able to be repaired and put back into the air faster. But he’s just a REMF. *roll eyes*

    On another note guys like that tend to make me wonder why *we’re* the bad guys. It’s not like we’re going around ringing doorbells asking people to join in our revels, or thumping our BOS on a street corner preaching about how horrible and wicked everyone is. We let you be and you let us be and the whole world while keep going around. At least that’s how it would be in an ideal world. *le sigh* ah well, we can still dream anyway.

    • Wiccapundit says:

      Merry meet, Danette! Glad you and James found your way here. By the way, if he’s getting things done, he’s not a REMF, in my book.

      As I like to say after hearing about people like this: “and we’re supposed to be the ones with the weird beliefs?”

      “Thumping our Books of Shadows.” Too rich!

      Hope to see you comment often. 🙂

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