First, check out this pic:
(That should show the oil companies)
Then go to the website
from whence it came and wonder at these words:
Reverend Bray was incarcerated for four years in the 1980s after being convicted of burning a number of abortion clinics around Washington, D.C. After his release from prison, Rev. Bray became a national spokesperson for the idea that children in the womb were due the same protection as children outside the womb. Primarily through the publication of his book A Time To Kill but also through interviews on many national television and radio venues, Rev. Bray spent much time explaining to the American people that Christians had the right to exercise lethal force if necessary to protect unborn children.
Rev. Bray wrote an essay titled: "A FATHER'S RIGHT: THE EXECUTION OF ABORTIONISTS" in which he writes that: "When justice for womb children is re-established and abortion is re-criminalized, the penalty thereafter for those who murder womb children will be the punishment of death. In the meantime, we have argued in defense of the use of lethal force to protect a womb child from death at the hands of an abortionist"
He refers to his own publication, 'A Time to Kill' published by the Life Advocate Ministries, a ministry obviously named with a sense of gallows humour and a taste for hypocrisy.
Bray performs remarkable moral leaps in justifying murder to prevent murder, in a manner only an American well-versed in the intricacies of using Thou Shalt Not Kill to defend the death penalty could get away with.
Look: "In a society so morally debased as ours has become, severed from its ties to Christian/common law, defenders of womb children have found themselves ostracized, criminalized and persecuted when they exercise the protective actions one would normally afford any innocent victim" (Protective actions? Pre-emptive strikes?Collateral damage? Is the man ex-military, perhaps?)
More: "Now, in 2006, I want to address the use of lethal force not in defense of the innocent but for the punishment of the murderer. What role, if any, does the private citizen have in the execution of vengeance upon the murderer? JUSTICE AND RETRIBUTION"
He presses on with illogic:
"In the particular capital crime of murder, God has required the death of the murderer. The very principle, the 'image of God' in man, both prohibits murder and commands that the murderer be executed. Just as men are required to refrain from murder,they are required to execute those who commit murder."
Hang on, let me read that again. Refraining from murder but permitted execution. On the split-hair distinction between execution and murder lies the way to salvage Christian pride and some vague sense of consistency between God's express New Testament wishes to preserve life and a deeply American sense of righteousness and a god-given right to kill (aided of course, by Messrs Glock, Beretta and Browning).
Of course, the Bible rewards detailed reading and a lawyer's love of loopholes:
"As with all forms of injustice in the world, God, who loves justice, will bring judgment in due time and right all wrongs.Those wrongs of which we have knowledge but are unable to prove in court will not go unnoticed or un-addressed by God. Vengeance is His and He will repay and He delegates to human authorities the task of executing vengeance (Romans 13:4). That which escapes His earthly courts will not escape His Final Judgment day. In this we can find some comfort and hope whenever we see wicked deeds go unpunished before our eyes. But this sad delay in justice does not leave us indifferent to it. We are to love and to seek justice. Temperance of justice may be afforded the offender by the injured party in the case of civil wrongs; e.g., one may forgive a personal debt and thus extend godly grace. But the case of first degree murder is another matter. There is to be no mercy shown. No judge has the right to reduce the sentence to prison time or flogging or fine. Because human beings are created in the image of God, those who murder them must forfeit their lives(Gen. 9:6). There is no alternative for execution; no substitute for the blood of the murderer (Ex. 21:12,14; Deut.19:4-13; Josh. 20; Num. 35:27-30). 'You shall not take ransom for the life of a murderer who is guilty of death, but he shall surely be put to death' (Num. 35:31).
Never mind that to follow the Old Testament would make you Jewish, and modern Israel has only ever killed one person via the justice system: Adolf Eichmann (I'll leave the depredations of Mossad alone). Never mind a very specific call from Rev. Bray's supposed revolutionary deity, Jesus H. Christ, not to kill anyone. Anyone. As in, abortionists and terrorists.
"On the assumption that the duty of executing murderers resides with civil authorities whenever they are functioning legitimately as just authorities, what happens when such authorities flagrantly fail to carry out justice? When is vigilante justice' tolerable? It's tolerable when you're a fiery zealot, or if you're the Unabomber, but apart from that, I don't think it holds widespread support. Might be just me though.
Thankfully, while Rev. Bray has done his Biblical duty and bred nine daughters upon his long suffering wife, he has yet to walk the walk and slaughter an abortionist in the name of protecting life. He prefers to sit on the sidelines and offer incitements to potential killers, like radio shock jocks in Rwanda. But one day, if he loses enough moral fibre, perhaps his daughters can look forward to some fireside conversation like this:
So Daddy, how many abortionists did you execute today? I hope they screamed, Daddy, I surely do. Daddy: Oh, one or two rodents, darling, no more. Now how was school? Get me a towel for the scum's blood, will you?