you've never heard of "civil forfeiture laws," you're about to get an eye-opening education. What's more, you're
going to be disappointed that far too many local police departments - maybe even your own - are using these laws to rip off
innocent citizens and help fund their own operations.
In a recent lengthy piece for The New Yorker magazine,
Sarah Stillman described in detail how these laws have been abused by police agencies all over the country to extort money
and valuables from people whose only "crime" was traveling through their jurisdictions:"
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Ken Ham, well know head of AnswersinGenesis.com, so correctly preaches that Special Creation by God
is the only true foundation for a free nation.
I say Christianity is the only feasible basis
of a free democracy.
We saw largely Muslim Egypt attempting a free democracy months ago, but now
with recent bloody riots, it has come under firm military control.
Darwinian evolution has effectively
destroyed our free America.
Ken Ham correctly preaches Psalm 11:3: (full Psalm 11,
3 If the
foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?
Evolution has made
God's book, the Bible, seem false and irrelevant to many.
At least it provides the excuse for
many to depart from the true foundation of a free society.
So, here we are with failing banks
that can confiscate depositor's money and police that abuse forfeiture laws to steal from innocent people, plus a multitude
of other evils.
1 In the Lord put I my trust: how say ye to my soul, Flee as a bird to your mountain?
2 For, lo, the wicked bend their bow, they make
ready their arrow upon the string, that they may privily shoot at the upright in heart.
3 If the foundations be destroyed, what can the
The Lord is in his holy temple, the Lord's throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men.
5 The Lord trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth.
6 Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and
brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup.
7 For the righteous Lord loveth righteousness; his countenance doth behold the upright.
Many seem to think God made this world to go on and on indefinitely.
Not so -- God has an agenda and specific objectives.
I think one is, that people will
come to see that God's ways are completely fair and righteous.
And another, that evil is really
very very evil.
Adam and Eve choose to obey the Serpent and disobey God in the Garden of Eden.
With the hindsight of human history and God's dealings with mankind, we should happily put him first.
The Old Testament prophetic book of Jonah is short, really fun reading, giving the account of God deferring judgement
on Nineveh, due to their whole hearted repentence.
This would work for the USA, but I can't imagine
we will do this.
As I recall, Nineveh eventually went back to their old ways and so God fulfilled
his word which Jonah had delivered.
Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow
up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.
1 Now the word of the Lord came
unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying,
2 Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before
Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord,
and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with
them unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.
4 But the Lord sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was
like to be broken.
Then the mariners were afraid, and cried every man unto his god, and cast forth the wares that were in the ship into
the sea, to lighten it of them. But Jonah was gone down into the sides of the ship; and he lay, and was fast asleep.
6 So the shipmaster came to him, and said unto
him, What meanest thou, O sleeper? arise, call upon thy God, if so be that God will think upon us, that we perish not.
7 And they said every one to his fellow, Come,
and let us cast lots, that we may know for whose cause this evil is upon us. So they cast lots, and the lot fell upon Jonah.
8 Then said they unto him, Tell us, we pray
thee, for whose cause this evil is upon us; What is thine occupation? and whence comest thou? what is thy country? and of
what people art thou?
And he said unto them, I am an Hebrew; and I fear the Lord,
the God of heaven, which hath made the sea and the dry land.
10 Then were the men exceedingly afraid, and said unto him. Why hast thou
done this? For the men knew that he fled from the presence of the Lord,
because he had told them.
11 Then said they unto him, What shall we do unto thee, that the sea may be calm unto us? for the sea
wrought, and was tempestuous.
12 And he said unto them, Take me up, and cast me forth into the sea; so shall the sea be calm unto
you: for I know that for my sake this great tempest is upon you.
13 Nevertheless the men rowed hard to bring it to the land; but they could
not: for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous against them.
14 Wherefore they cried unto the Lord, and said, We beseech thee, O Lord,
we beseech thee, let us not perish for this man's life, and lay not upon us innocent blood: for thou, O Lord, hast done as it pleased thee.
15 So they took up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea:
and the sea ceased from her raging.
16 Then the men feared the Lord exceedingly,
and offered a sacrifice unto the Lord, and made vows.
17 Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and
3:1 And the word of the Lord came
unto Jonah the second time, saying,
Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee.
3 So Jonah arose, and went unto Nineveh, according to the word
of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceeding great city of three
4 And Jonah
began to enter into the city a day's journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown.
5 So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast,
and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them.
6 For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him,
and covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes.
7 And he caused it to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his
nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing: let them not feed, nor drink water:
8 But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry
mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands.
9 Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from
his fierce anger, that we perish not?
And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he
would do unto them; and he did it not.
4:1 But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry.
2 And he prayed unto the Lord, and said, I pray thee, O Lord, was
not this my saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou art a gracious
God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil.
3 Therefore now, O Lord, take, I beseech thee, my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live.
4 Then said the Lord, Doest thou well to be angry?
5 So Jonah went out of the city, and sat on the east side of the city, and there made him a booth,
and sat under it in the shadow, till he might see what would become of the city.
6 And the Lord
God prepared a gourd, and made it to come up over Jonah, that it might be a shadow over his head, to deliver him from his
grief. So Jonah was exceeding glad of the gourd.
7 But God prepared a worm when the morning rose the next day, and it smote the gourd that it withered.
8 And it came to pass, when the sun did arise, that God prepared
a vehement east wind; and the sun beat upon the head of Jonah, that he fainted, and wished in himself to die, and said, It
is better for me to die than to live.
And God said to Jonah, Doest thou well to be angry for the gourd? And he said, I do well to be angry, even unto death.
10 Then said the Lord, Thou hast had pity on the gourd, for the which thou hast not laboured, neither madest it grow; which
came up in a night, and perished in a night:
And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern
between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?