Faith & Firearms

US Firearms: Different Views of Government and Religion

The government collectively views right and wrong different from the way religion regards right and wrong. Governments are subject to political biases; while religion, even though not immune from political prejudice, sets certain standards for right and wrong that are objectively unchangeable.

Judaism Mandates Self-Defense

It is appalling to see the enemies of freedom use every tool in their considerable arsenal to relieve Americans of their right to keep and bear arms. They will manipulate statistics, maneuver around inconvenient facts and tell outright lies to promote their agenda. However, none of their tricks is more inexcusable than using religion to promote disarmament.

A number of religious organizations today attempt to foist disarmament upon their membership and promote gun control. Among them, Interfaith Neighbors, B`nai B`rith, Congress of National Black Churches, Inc., National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA and many others. The Anti-Defamation League is one such group, which, under the guise fighting anti-Semitism, continues to promote disarmament.

 

From the sanctity of Life comes an imperative to safeguard Life. The directive to defend your life is written in the Talmud, the 70-volume Code of Jewish Law, in at least three places.

 

The ADL has repeatedly reaffirmed support for gun control initiatives “designed to make it more difficult for extremists as well as children to acquire and use guns and other dangerous weapons in this country.” In their zeal to keep those of whom their leadership disapproves disarmed, and in their rush to ensure that children are unprotected, the ADL has repeatedly linked gun control and Judaism together.

Other Jewish groups and individuals also cling to disarmament as a virtue. An article by Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz claims:

In the Talmud there are specific regulations that resemble gun control. There is a law against owning a dangerous dog (Bava Kamma 79a). One who owns a dangerous dog must keep it tied in metal chains at all times (CM 409:3). Even if the dog is defanged or trained not to harm people, it must be chained because it may frighten strangers, and as a result may cause stress related injuries such as miscarriage and heart attacks (Shabbat 63b). …These sources demonstrate that halacha would require any gun to be carefully locked at all times, with allowances made in cases where the gun is actively being used for security. Those who are more stringent would avoid guns completely…

The only problem with drawing a comparison between gun ownership and owning a dog is that the animal is capable of acting on its own, whether to frighten, bite or attack in any way. A firearm is not capable of such independent action. It requires a human being to pull the trigger. Therefore, keeping a gun locked up does nothing but cut off access to your tool of self-defense.

Therefore, the comparison is disingenuous and misleading. The fact is that gun control subverts and violates Judaic law. According to Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership (JPFO), the sanctity of life is a core Jewish value. Rabbi Isaac Leizerowski, after having conferred with several of his colleagues, agrees that the right to self-defense is MANDATED by Jewish law. From the sanctity of Life comes an imperative to safeguard Life. The directive to defend your life is written in the Talmud, the 70-volume Code of Jewish Law, in at least three places. “And the Torah says, ‘If someone comes to kill you, arise quickly and kill him.’”

And while the individual cases of use of arms are subject to law, and Jews are absolutely prohibited from committing murder (willfully taking an innocent life), Rabbi Leizerowsky agrees no governmental entity should prevent people from keeping and bearing (possessing and carrying) arms, as firearms can be used to defend life, and are the most effective tool on the market today for that purpose.

 

Religious groups that promote disarmament under the guise of faith are duping you into helplessness.

 

History shows, says a JPFO’s fact sheet, that the murders of Jews by governments occurred because Jews neglected to learn and to practice our religion’s teachings, which mandate self-defense.

So why is it that a number of Jewish organizations are virulently anti-gun? Jack Feldman, Professor of Psychology at Georgia Institute of Technology, has one theory: “Jews are called on to care for others who are troubled, suffering, etc. and to stand up for the oppressed,” he says. “It’s a mitzvah. Democrats and socialists (traditional proponents of gun control) have taken that role, in appearance if not reality…A lot of us have yet to get the message about the Left, and [continue to] cling to these fallacies.”

Other faiths also put a specific emphasis on defending life and taking personal responsibility for doing so. Pagan and Wiccan groups have taken up the charge for armed self-defense, forming discussion groups and associations promoting firearms ownership. David Nelson, founder of Stonewall Shooting Sports of Utah, writes, “…defenselessness seems counter-intuitive to all things Pagan. The various Pagan paths with which I’m familiar all revere the divinity of collective inclusion and the sacred nature of synergy; either among people or the universe…To most, this reverence includes a commitment to protect these things from harm. If we honor this commitment, we must include protecting ourselves, as we are integral to our revered inclusion and synergy.”

The message is clear: life is sacred, and the defense of life is a mandate. Firearms are simply the tool by which this mandate is accomplished. Religious groups that promote disarmament under the guise of faith are duping you into helplessness. They want you to relinquish your personal responsibility for your life and promote the doctrine of weakness and victimhood. Most religions sanctify life. And faith-based group that promotes defenselessness as a virtue is ignoring the fundamental laws of the religion to which they claim to belong.

— Nicki Fellenzer

 

“In God We Trust”

“In God We Trust” — Being exposed to this statement and the Bible during my childhood of Lutheran schooling, set a sure path for my beliefs into adulthood. Today’s government attempts to broadcast this statement in prayer, declaration, proclamation and even our currency bears this decree. But how can the government officials proclaim this nation’s collective trust in God, when they are trying to take His place by destroying the rights with which He endowed us?

The government collectively views right and wrong different from the way religion regards right and wrong. Governments are subject to political biases; while religion, even though not immune from political prejudice, sets certain standards for right and wrong that are objectively unchangeable. Among those principles and values are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, the very concepts GUARANTEED by our Bill of Rights, and the very values that are INFRINGED upon and destroyed by our government. If we recall our Bill of Rights, these liberties ultimately didn’t come from the Constitution—even though they are guaranteed by that sacred document—they came from the Creator of right and wrong, GOD.

 

God created the demonic states in our world; he couldn’t expect us to stand back and fall victim to them.

 

It is comical that government officials, acting as a self-proclaimed “godly” authority, haven’t seen the connection between the statement “In God We Trust” and the right to self-defense. Man created government to protect our rights, not to infringe upon them; and yet, our government officials proclaim the United States to be a godly nation, while at the same time infringing upon the very rights set by God.

Several ideologies were set within the religion based on the interpretation of our rights. Many believe that the Fifth Commandment, Thou shalt not kill, means plainly what is written; in truth, this statement confirms the right to self-defense, as it was originally written as “Thou shalt not murder”, murder being defined as the taking of an innocent life. This commandment is not written as “thou shalt not kill in self-defense”, but it’s meaning is clear when combined Lutheran with God’s view of human life as sacred.

It is written in many pages of the Bible that the People of God killed, maimed, destroyed, speared, slaughtered and the like which proves that citizens have been armed since God brought them out of bondage in Egypt. Martin Luther wrote an analysis of the fifth commandment stating, “Therefore it is here forbidden to every one to be angry, except those (as we said) who are in the place of God, that is, parents and the government.” However, we still have the right to protect ourselves from others’ anger to preserve life. The Bible states, “Anyone who strikes a man and kills him shall surely be put to death.

However, if he does not do it intentionally, but God lets it happen, he is to flee to a place I will designate. But if a man schemes and kills another man deliberately, take him away from my altar and put him to death. (NIV, Exodus 21: 12-14). God proclaims, that if in self-defense a killing takes place with no prior plan for killing—God giving the right for it to happen, then he will determine the fate of that individual. It is presumed that God would protect those who defend themselves and their lives and not see them punished. On the contrary, if anyone harms a person deliberately, God will take their life and do with it what he wishes.

And yet we live under the rule of government officials who still proclaim, “In God We Trust”. If that statement was spoken in truth, the Bill of Rights – rights that come from God – would still be intact, and not continuously changed and violated by the government. God created the demonic states in our world; he couldn’t expect us to stand back and fall victim to them. And while many may claim the phrase, “turn the other cheek”, suggests that we turn our back on the protection we have fought for and have a right and duty to. If we turn our backs on our rights, especially the right to self-defense, then we have turned our backs on life and God. God wouldn’t have armed his people if he wanted them to “turn the other cheek”.

 

The government and citizens must realize that the reality of evil will never change, and we are pre-destined to live with what God created.

 

Evil will reign on earth so long as we are alive. Murder is wrong, defending yourself, your property and your family is not. If this defense is aggressive, it’s still defense and we have been programmed to kill the enemy that wishes harm upon us or others. If we stand by allowing the government to control what rights we have as citizens and children of God, then we have been corrupted by the very government that was supposed to “protect” us. We become confused on what is right and wrong due to constant indoctrination of our ever changing authorities, but we need to uphold the principle that self-defense is our right to preserve the life that God created.

Friedrich Nietzsche, a German philosopher of the late 19th century, stated in The Gay Science, s. 4 (Walter Kaufmann trans.), “What is new, however, is always evil, being that which wants to conquer and overthrow the old boundary markers and the old pieties; and only what is old is good. The good men are in all ages those who dig the old thoughts, digging deep and getting them to bear fruit – the farmers of the spirit. But eventually all the land is depleted, and the ploughshare of evil must come again and again.”

This quotation examines the idea stated above that evil will never decease. The government and citizens must realize that the reality of evil will never change, and we are pre-destined to live with what God created. The earth may fade away but our motto, “In God We Trust”, must persevere to battle the evil and let us protect ourselves by keeping our rights supreme and superior to governments’ proclamations.

— Maria M. D’Amato