by: the Common Constitutionalist
Conservative geeks like me, and a lot of you, listen to our fair share of talk radio. Often times commercials during these various radio broadcasts repeat, either several times during the same program, or the sponsor will purchase ads on a number of conservative talk shows.
One such ad which has been repeated lately is for the purchase of precious metals, like gold and silver. The commercial informs us that country X has purchased several hundred tons of gold and that investment bank Y recently bought 1 million ounces of silver. The inference is that if they are buying precious metals, shouldn’t you also? What do they know that we don’t and why aren’t we being told?
Precious metals have historically been purchased as a hedge against inflation or when the “fit hits the shan.” Preppers have long advocated the ownership of some gold and/or silver as a source of barter if there is an economic collapse – or the government comes-a-calling and decides it wants what you have. Maybe the government decides their desire is so great that they simple seize your assets, like your bank accounts?
Maybe it doesn’t need to be an end-of-the-world scenario for a government to do such a thing. Maybe they just don’t like you. Maybe it’s that you’re just too religious – too Christian. It could be that you have been caught up in a phony trumped up scheme of discrimination against a homosexual couple, for which you simply refused to make a wedding cake.
Well, we’ve all heard that the owners of “Sweet Bakes” bakery did just that. And their penalty for adhering to their faith ended up totaling $136,927.07, which they paid in its entirety on December 28th, 2015. Merry Christmas to them!
But as The Blaze reported a day later, that wasn’t the end of the sad tale. The owners of the bakery, Melissa and Aaron Klein, had three separate bank accounts, a checking and savings account and a separate one marked solely for contribution to their church.
Evidently, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries didn’t give a crap about that as they confiscated every dime out of all three accounts. “It was like my breath was taken away,” Klein said. “I panicked. Everything was gone. We had three accounts,” she added. “I have one account that’s labeled, ‘God’s money’ – our tithing. They just took it.”
Yep – they just took it all. America – land of the free!
But it could be worse. They could be Christian and living in Norway.
The Romanian Pentecostal Bodnariu family, consisting of father Marius Bodnariu, mother Ruth and their five children (three sons – two daughters) found out the hard way about being too Christian as “Norway’s Child Protection Services, known as the Barnevernet, seized their three sons and two daughters…”
On November 16, 2015 the two daughters were seized “after the principal of the middle school they attended cited concerns about the children’s religious upbringing and how the parents were teaching their kids that God punishes sin.” Oh the horror!
Although there is not a shred of physical or psychological evidence, the Barnevernet insists the children were being abused. All five children, including the youngest boy, an infant, have been placed in three separate foster homes and “their parents have been given extremely limited visitation rights. Although both parents can see their infant son twice a week, only Ruth can visit with her two oldest sons once per week while neither parent can visit their daughters.”
Angry yet? Oh, it gets worse.
The Norwegian child service agency has decided not only to refuse to return the children to the parents, but have begun adoption proceedings for all five. The authorities have just taken the children from their rightful parents and intend to just give all five to others – not even making an attempt to at minimum keep the the siblings together. Is this what Hillary Clinton meant by “It Takes a Village to raise a child?”
The agency performed no background checks or interviews prior to the seizure and the family’s attorney later discovered that the parents were accused of “radicalizing and indoctrinating their children with Christianity.” The charge was Christian indoctrination!
Is this Nazi Germany or Stalinist Russia? This is some spooky stuff – that government agencies can just confiscate a couples assets or worse, seize and sell off their children. What the heck is the world coming to?
I just wonder how many Muslim bakeries have also been fined and their bank accounts seized for refusing homosexuals or Muslim children the Norwegians have seized for being indoctrinated in Shariah? I’m going to go out on a limb and say exactly zero to both.