Being necessary to the security of a Free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
Like most of the world I had never heard of Hutaree, a Christian militia group until this weekend. Even though these folks are my neighbors, and like any small town there are the usual connections. This person when to school with one of the guys, that other guy lined up next to us every year for the Figure 8 at the fair, the usual 2 degrees of separation of small town living.
I’ve watched a bit of the news, but I don’t personally know any of the facts. I’ve not read the entire Indictment, but as I understand the situation they are charged with Seditious Conspiracy to levy war against the United States, to oppose by force the authority of the Government of the United States, and to prevent, hinder, and delay by force the execution of any United States law, a crime which carries a mandatory life sentence if convicted.
I found an interesting analysis of these charges at a blog named Constitutionalism.
As I consider the plight of my neighbors the following comes to mind.
1) My county, in fact my entire State, is in an economic depression.
When people are stuck between a rock and a hard place they do things they may not otherwise do. Like my co-worker who’s going to do time on Federal weed charges.
2) What a blessing our Holy Mother Church.
Who teaches us that we have been living in the end times since Jesus walked the earth, and is ever so careful to help us remember that no one knows the time of Jesus return, and just to make sure the point isn’t lost venerates the sacrifice of Christian martyrs with feast days through out the year, even going so far as to remind us that the Church is built on the blood of the martyrs.
3) Criminal charges are nothing more than claims – innocence is supposed to be assumed until proven otherwise by hard evidence. But that’s not the way it works in the media, where any claim is taken as gospel and guilt is assumed.
Would our government use this fact as a point of intimidation against us right leaning, fly over, Middle Americans? You know the red-necked, hillbilly, used to be hard working, Tea Party types.
I can’t help but wonder if this extremely well publicized multi-State Federal sweep to capture six wild eyed Christians accused of being hell bent on bringing down the Government of the United States of America might be all about.
Our Lady, Queen of Peace, Pray for Us.