26 March, 2015

This One Absolutely Takes the Cake

I've been in ministry for a long time now, pastoring my first church in 1986; but the phone call I received  today is at the absolute top of my list as craziest phone calls I've ever received as a pastor. This person called me and wanted to know some about the church as they told me they were looking for a new church. Then this guy asked what I "expected of attenders." I asked him to clarify his question a bit. He proceeded to tell me that he was not looking for a church that expected him to do anything. Again, I asked him to clarify. He went on to tell me that he did not want a church that expects him or his family to help with the work of the church, or one that expected them to give their time or money to the church. So I asked him just what he thought the church should expect or what the church should be. I kid you not, the man said, "If we need the pastor, we expect you to be there. If we need help with our bills, the church should be ready to minister to those needs. If someone is in the hospital, day or night, we expect you to be there. And we don't believe in churches that keep record of attendance or bothers us if we are not there for a few weeks.  I said to him, "Don't you think it is part of the job of a good shepherd to call and make sure everyone is OK if you are gone?"  He snapped back, "Like I said, if we need you, we will call. Otherwise butt out of our lives."  
There was more to the conversation, but I'm sure you get the drift of how it went. After about 20 minutes on the phone he said, "you're not sounding like you are too interested in our becoming a part of your congregation. Don't you care about our souls?"  I replied, "Sir, it's not that I'm not concerned for your souls; In fact, I'm DEEPLY concerned for your soul after this conversation, but let me assure you that I am definitely not interested in becoming your personal slave or your sugar daddy financially. I thank you for your time but suggest you keep looking... not for a church, but for a Savior. If you are ever interested in that, then I welcome you to come to Harvest Church."

He said, "Just as I thought, another money hungry preacher who does not care about anyone but himself!"  With that he hung up.

I sat here for about half an hour asking myself if that conversation really took place. I'm hoping it was someone playing a gag... but I don't think so. 

24 March, 2015

So, How's That Sequester Working Out?

You may recall that following the elections in 2010 where the Tea Party had a sweeping affect on the elections, in 2011 the GOP forced mandatory budget cuts on President Obama and the Democrats called the sequester. Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and even Obama himself was screaming at the top of their lungs that the GOP was going to cripple America. So... here we are in 2015 and the question is, "How's that Sequester working out?"  Let's look and see.

Prior to the 2010 elections and the Sequester that followed shortly thereafter, the nations budget deficit was over $1.4 Trillion, which was just over 10% of our nations Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The sequester has been applied now for three years. So, has it crippled America? Has it brought us to our knees? Has it caused people to go hungry? No... but it has been extremely successful. How successful? Our budget deficit has dropped from just over 10% to 2.7% of the GDP!  

So, with this in mind, I ask you... Who do you want controlling the Nations spending? Another "tax and spend" POTUS and Congress, or a Conservative led Nation?  I think the answer is clear.

23 March, 2015

Week One: Unbelievable Results

A week ago today I started on a journey to lose not only the weight I packed on this winter, but some other weight that needs to go as well. I have had success using a low carb lifestyle (you can't do this just as a diet or it will come right back) some years ago. My doctor had suggested it to both my wife and I. I had lost weight and brought my blood pressure down, by cholesterol down and the good cholesterol up, so I decided to go that route again. The trick will be not to completely abandon it like I did about 18 months ago. I did not follow the induction phase of the diet as strict as I should, but I could tell it was working. How well it was working absolutely stunned me. One week ago today I started  weighing in at 218.5 pounds. This morning, I weighed in at 207.  I am absolutely blown away with the results... and I am really encouraged. I had set a goal to lose 15 pounds by July. I'm now thinking I can lose 20 by July. I am already feeling so much better that I don't even know how to describe it.  I'm not expecting those kind of results again, but I'm hoping to drop another 2 pounds by this time next week. 

I have to share this picture because it is amazing. In the picture below, that yellow mass is what 5 pounds of human fat looks like. Double that and that is how much is now off of my body! No wonder I feel better!

The E-mail Address

An unemployed man is desperate to support his family of a wife and three kids. He applies for a janitor's job at a large firm and easily passes an aptitude test.

The human resources manager tells him, "You will be hired at minimum wage of $7.35 an hour. Let me have your e-mail address so that we can get you in the loop. Our system will automatically e-mail you all the forms and advise you when to start and where to report on your first day." Taken aback, the man protests that he is poor and has neither a computer nor an e-mail address. To this the manager replies, "You must understand that to a company like ours that means that you virtually do not exist. Without an e-mail address you can hardly expect to be employed by a high-tech firm. Good day."

Stunned, the man leaves. Not knowing where to turn and having $10 in his wallet, he walks past a farmers' market and sees a stand selling 25 lb. crates of beautiful red tomatoes. He buys a crate, carries it to a busy corner and displays the tomatoes. In less than 2 hours he sells all the tomatoes and makes 100% profit. Repeating the process several times more that day, he ends up with almost $100 and arrives home that night with several bags of groceries for his family. During the night he decides to repeat the tomato business the next day. By the end of the week he is getting up early every day and working into the night. He multiplies his profits quickly.

Early in the second week he acquires a cart to transport several boxes of tomatoes at a time, but before a month is up he sells the cart to buy a broken-down pickup truck.

At the end of a year, he owns three old trucks. His two sons have left their neighborhood gangs to help him with the tomato business, his wife is buying the tomatoes, and his daughter is taking night courses at the community college so she can keep books for him.

By the end of the second year he has a dozen very nice used trucks and employs fifteen previously unemployed people, all selling tomatoes. He continues to work hard.

Time passes and at the end of the fifth year he owns a fleet of nice trucks and a warehouse that his wife supervises, plus two tomato farms that the boys manage. The tomato company's payroll has put hundreds of homeless and jobless people to work.

His daughter reports that the business grossed over one million dollars.

Planning for the future, he decides to buy some life insurance. Consulting with an insurance adviser, he picks an insurance plan to fit his new circumstances. Then the adviser asks him for his e-mail address in order to send the final documents electronically. When the man replies that he doesn't have time to mess with a computer and has no e-mail address, the insurance man is stunned, "What, you don't have e-mail? No computer? No Internet? Just think where you would be today if you'd had all of that five years ago!"

"Ha!"snorts the man. "If I'd had e-mail five years ago I would be sweeping floors at Microsoft and making $7.35 an hour."

Which brings us to the moral of the story: Since you got this story Internet, you're probably closer to being a janitor than a millionaire. Sadly, I received it via email as well. 

22 March, 2015

Have You Made Vows To God?

I find myself sitting here wondering just what it is going to take for some people to wake up. I've witnessed person after person and family after family walk through major crisis and in the midst of the storm make vows before God, "If you'll get us through this, I (or my family) am going to make changes in our lives, and we are going to start going to church and serving You." I really believe they fully meant those words when they prayed them and proclaimed them to me and others; but with the passage of time their need for God's help and their thankfulness for what He has done for them fades from memory and they begin to make excuses for not going to church just like they always did. What they fail to realize is that every time they do something like this it pulls them further and further away from God. Believing in God means nothing. Satan and his demons believe in God. Surrender of your life to His will is what matters. I fear some people are so lulled into a trance or sleep that the only thing that will awaken them is a major crisis or death... but I've seen that too and usually at that point, all they do is blame God for taking their loved ones. I pray they all wake up before it is too late because none of us has the guarantee of making it through this day alive. 

18 March, 2015

This Winter Messed Me Up!

With the damp cool weather we have where I live, my arthritis flares up terribly, and when that happens, I find myself eating a LOT more sweets. Ironically, I don't really eat a lot of really sweet foods most of the time, but when I am in pain, I crave them and binge on them. I knew I was eating a lot more this winter, and I finally climbed on a scale a couple of days ago and about had a heart attack. I knew I'd put on a "few" pounds, but i was shocked to see that I'd put on just a little over 14 pounds since November. That puts me at the heaviest weight I've been in more than 4 years. That was it. I've thrown down the challenge and I'm determined to drop 15 pounds by July 1 and another 10 pounds by the end of the year. I'm determined. Enough of this. 

As of Monday morning, I weighed in at 218.5. I've started cutting back on what I am eating already and as soon as this toe heals up enough, it's time to start walking and getting some exercise again. I'm going to try to give regular updates and I'm asking my friends and family to ask me how I'm doing from time to time and hold me accountable. 

17 March, 2015

A Lesson From My Toe

This past Saturday I was sitting in my office and got up in a hurry to grab my cell phone, which I had left in another room. As I did, I forgot that my tool box was laying in the floor nearby and in my hurry, I hung my little toe on the edge of it. The pain was excruciating to the point that it made me dizzy and nauseated. It literally was so bad that I could not actually feel where the pain was coming from, my entire foot hurt to the point that my sense of feeling in the foot was not right and was going numb. It took me probably 4 or 5 minutes before I even realized that I had torn a half inch gash in the toe and was leaving blood where ever I walked. Walking was awkward and painful and finally I told Libby that I was quite certain that I had broken my toe. She wanted me to go to the ER but I knew that most likely all they would do is clean it up and tape it, and I could do that myself.  I've been hobbling ever since. If you don't know it, your toes play a major role in how your balance is maintained. Several times the past few days I've suddenly stumbled as I lost my balance.  Preaching Sunday was a real chore because I was fighting to maintain my balance and was in pain with every step I took. Yesterday, my whole body was in pain. I mean literally, my entire body. I had aches and pains everywhere, had a terrible headache and simply could not find any relief no matter what I did. Finally last evening I told Libby that I had figured it out. I told her it was my toe. She gave me a funny look, to which I responded that my toe hurting had caused me to walk differently and that had thrown my entire body out of kilter and it had my legs, hip, back, neck... everything to be out of alignment and was causing the headache and pain everywhere. I absolutely hate taking them, but my doctor prescribes muscle relaxers to me due to back spasms that I suffer with, so last night I gave in and took a muscle relaxer. It took a long time to make any difference, but after a couple of hours I was sound asleep, slept through the night (which is very unusual for me) and woke up feeling like a new man. It's kind of odd to think that something like a little toe could mess up your entire body... and here's the life lesson.

This morning when I woke up and the pain in my body (other than the toe) was gone, the thought hit me how just one member of the body being "out of place" could have a profound impact on the entire body... and instantly the parallel to the church body came to mind. One person not being where they should be affects the entire Body of Christ. My mind was drawn to a discussion I had with a man who left my church a couple of years ago. He had told me repeatedly that he really did not want to leave but felt he needed to. (I never could get a handle on that one.) A month or so after he left I ran into him in town and asked him things are going and he said, "I miss Harvest Church. It will always be home, but I guess I'll get used to it."  I was thinking to myself, "if Harvest Church will always be home and you have to 'get used to' the place you are attending now, doesn't something seem wrong with this picture?"  I've had similar conversations with many people over the years and I've always had the same thought... "why are you walking away from a place where you feel welcome, wanted, fed and at home... to go someplace you must get used to?" Something just is not right with this picture. Well, this morning my toe spoke to me and I got it. In almost every single one of these cases, out side forces (a tool box in my case) interjected itself and caused someone to make a adjustments in these people's lives. Just as I have had to adjust my walk, these people adjusted theirs. It was painful, but it was the only way to walk. And as this man said to me a couple of years ago, you "get used to it."  A person can adapt and get used to a lot of things, even things that are not best for them. It reminds me of another experience I had about 15 years ago. I had been having a lot of health issues and went to see my doctor. He told me that I was holding my head funny and asked me to see an orthopedic surgeon. I agreed and when I saw the orthopedic, within a couple of minutes he said, "you have a torn rotator cuff and it is causing your body to compensate in ways that are un-natural. He said the damage was causing me to use other muscles to do the work that my bicep muscles was supposed to do, but could not do because of the impingement in the shoulder. When I had surgery to put my shoulder back together, I was amazed at how many problems I was having disappeared. I slept better, had less headaches, less back strain, even held my head in a different position.  That's what happens when one part of the body is not in place and doing what it should be doing.  This is a powerful example of the Body of Christ. When one person gets out of place or otherwise does not perform in the manner in which God ordained for them to, it means other members have to compensate and realign to take up the slack. I submit this is not God's plan.  1 Corinthians 14:33 says, "For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace..."  I absolutely believe that there is a time and place for people to leave a church, but if it is the Lord leading that move, it will never cause confusion or for the Body to suffer. There will always be a smooth transition and someone will be there to fill the void. If there is a scramble and someone has to pull "double duty" then it is not of God. Period. There is no debate. God says he is not the author of confusion, and for a person to say, "God led me" to do something that brings disruption and confusion is a cop out. They did it for selfish reasons and spiritualized it by throwing the "God card" so that it could not be debated.  If the church has to "adapt" and if that person has to "get used to it" then the Body is out of balance and not functioning correctly. Yes, you can get used to it... but that is akin to my "getting used to walking in an odd manner which caused my body to suffer. When we are out of place, we know it. Deep down within we know it. This is why the man I referenced above told me that "Harvest will always be home." His heart is in one place while his body is in another. We need to make sure that we don't let outside influences affect our walk and disrupt the body. (By the way, I removed my tool box from my office floor so it wouldn't happen again.)  
He who has ear to hear, let him hear.

16 March, 2015

Strange & Weird Church Catch Phrases.

So, I'm sitting here catching up friends in ministry on Facebook and as I'm reading some of their posts, my minds starts thinking about some of the strange things we church folks say, and I decided to make a list of some of them. I wonder sometimes; do we even think about what we are saying?

"God showed up today."  Does this mean that usually He doesn't?  

"The Holy Ghost fell."  From where? I thought the Holy Spirit dwelled within us. (Sure hope He did not get hurt!)

"We had church today!"  So... what is it that you usually do? I thought that WE are the church, and what we are doing is worshipping the Lord. Am I missing something?

"We had a great service today. The preacher didn't even get to preach!"  So, let me get this straight. Leaving the life-giving Word of God out of the worship service is the objective?

"God moved today!"  I wonder, did He leave a forwarding address? Seriously... Do you realize you are implying that is an unusual thing for the Spirit of God to move?

"We had a powerful move of God today."  Does that mean that there is a move of God that is not powerful?

"God said it. I believe it. That settles it."  Wow... I'm sure God is happy that you agree with him. Actually, it really does not matter if you believe it or not. If God said it, it's settled.

"The Lord blessed me real good."  So... are there times that the blessing of the Lord is not good?

"God's in the house today!"   Is there ever a time that He is not in the house?

I'm gonna stop here. If you want to add your own... go for it.

13 March, 2015

It's Time to Get Rooted!

Watching my dogs I saw something interesting. We have two Pomeranian dogs and they are fun to watch. I can give both dogs identical treats, say a rawhide chew and they each take theirs and for a few minutes are content. But within a short period of time, one of them will inevitably start looking at what the other one has, leave their treat and go for what the other one has... even if what they have is bigger than the other one. Finally the second dog will leave the struggle over his treat and go pick up the one the first dog abandoned. Sure enough, within a few minutes, the scene repeats and the first dog wants what the second one has, which is in fact, what he had in the first place. Just to see how they might react, I rattled a paper bag and both of them dropped what they had and ran to get what they were sure was a new and better treat... even though it was nothing more than a shiny, but empty bag. What is interesting is, these scene repeats itself over and over and over in our house and you can bank on the fact that they will leave their bone, toy or treat and run for that new bag and all of it's intrigue every time, often forgetting to return to the treat they were enjoying when their new investigation comes up empty. All of this is comical, but this morning as we repeated this scenario for the umpteenth time... I heard the Holy Spirit whisper to me, watch them, because in this you will see what has happened to my church.

I sat for some time thinking about what the Holy Spirit was saying and it became pretty clear to me within a few minutes. If you've been around the church world, over the last 25 years, you have witnessed an almost continuous transitioning church. It seems to me that ever since the WWJD phase (for those of you who are out of the loop... What Would Jesus Do) the church has continuously been in a state of metamorphosis, always evolving and changing. I've often said that God's will and plan does not change with the wind... but people do...  and they use the "God card" to support their continuous shifting and changing. I will be honest; I detest all the fads and buzz words that have blown into the church. At least some of them. I loved the WWJD question and think it is still useful after all these years. But since then, we've seen the church world become purpose driven, have a primary purpose, become emergent, learned about "your best life now", had fusion,  got "engaged", became sensitive to "felt needs" was authentic, got "seeker sensitive", had a "soul tsunami", became "empowered", got missional, then became relevant, and a host of other buzzwords and fads that I've forgotten. (Thankfully!) I'm not saying that these are all "wrong" per se; but what I am saying is that the church world seems to have almost become schizophrenic and has done so by proclaiming that the Holy Spirit has "led us" to do all of these things. I will say it again...the mind of God does not change with the wind. These are nothing more than a means to attract and maintain people who will not become rooted. A person or church that is rooted in Christ will not be changing their direction every few weeks or months. Let's call it the way it is... people have made a boat load of money by introducing new church fads, writing books and hosting conferences to tell you and me how we are not on "the cutting edge."  Just the way it is folks. But the sad thing is, all of this has helped to create a generation of Christians who are weak and unstable and they must have "a new word" or direction from God about as often as they get a hair cut, or they become bored with church and are off chasing after something new.

Sadly, the bi-product of all of this is that we have people who do not understand the ways of God at all. They think that every few weeks or months that if they have not got a new word, and new prompting or leading from God to do something new, then they are failing God somehow.  I submit to the reader that God is a God who says that he does not change. Yes, we have to adapt to culture and such, but our message and mission has never changed since Jesus said, "I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth! Go to the people of all nations and make disciples. Baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teach them to do everything I have told you. I will be with you always, even until the end of the world." Through all the events and changes of culture and technology, the mission remains the same. Think about this, God spoke to Moses from a burning bush and gave him a mission. Years came and went, changes happened, ups and downs came, but God never once changed the mission. On a personal level, in March of 2004, the Lord spoke very clearly to me about moving my family to Galesburg and becoming the pastor of a church here. The Holy Spirit gave me a clear vision of what we were to do here. Ten years have come and gone. People have come and gone. The world has changed greatly in those 10 years... but I hold fast to that vision that God gave me. I don't need a new word because I have yet to see the one God has given me fulfilled. Until then, I push on, doing exactly what the Lord told me to do, no matter who is with me or against me. I'm not going to ask God to change the mission because God is not double minded. He called me to do what he wants done. This is exactly why the Lord spoke to Habakkuk, saying, "“Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it.  For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, It will not tarry." Why did the Lord say, "write it down"?  So that the people would not forget nor be swayed by the sweeping winds that would surely come! Today, we have Christians and leaders who do not understand the ways of the Lord. Our God is not one who is continuously changing his mind or direction. We have people acting just like my dogs who leave a ministry that God has put them on to chase after another ministry... a shiny, empty bag, leaving a real, tangible ministry! And they play the God card: "God is leading me." Bolognie!  Why would God tell you to leave a place where you are making an impact, teaching the gospel to receptive hearts and minds to one thing then another, and then tell you to start a new ministry doing exactly what you were already doing and making a difference? That's not God. That brings confusion and question to the things of God, and the Bible speaks clearly that He is not the author of confusion. 

It's time that the Body of Christ stop looking for a "new treat", chasing after rattling bags and empty promises and realize that God has called us to remain faithful to that which he has called us to do. When we become  rooted... we will become strong. When we become strong nothing will shake us OR move us. I have a tree beside my house that is huge. It towers over house, and in doing so, shades our our house from the sun and greatly reduces our need to cool the house in the summer. Storms have come and that tree stands even though we've had winds of well over 80 miles an hour sweep through here a few years ago. Why? because of the root system. They tell me that the roots of this tree are just as massive below the ground as what you can see above the ground. That system waters the tree in the driest of summers when the ground is broken and the grass brown due to lack of water. That root system has made this tree solid and immovable no matter what comes against it. It has stood there for well over 100 years and will most likely be there when this house no longer stands. This is a beautiful picture of why it is so important that as Christians we become rooted. Find a church home and stay there. Determine what the Word of God says and stand on it without always depending on "a new word" of direction from God. God's Word speaks to this itself when it says, "the grass withers, the flower fades but the word of our God will stand forever."  An interesting thing  about this comes to mind that draws a parallel to the church world today. I have a neighbor who has repeatedly told me that I need to cut that tree down. There is nothing wrong with the tree. In fact, his house is shaded part of the day from my tree. The thing is, this tree comes from Northern Europe and is acclimated to colder weather, and as such, it does not drop it's leaves until December, sometimes not at all. Bill hates that, because he does not like the leaves in his yard in the winter. So he is constantly telling me that I need to cut "that old monstrosity" down and replace it with a new tree. He has brought me magazines and brochures of hybrid trees that will grow very rapidly and produce the shade I want. I tell him every time that those new trees will grow rapidly, but it is also a fact that those trees generally have a life expectancy of about 20 years and they will die and need to be replaced.  What a illustration of current fads and trends of the church! Why cut down what has stood the test of time for something that will only last a short while and then need to be changed again?

It's time to stop chasing trends and fads. It's time to stop following people who themselves are not rooted and proclaim, "God led me here. God led me to do this. God led me to stop. God led me to start." These people are not rooted! Find yourself a church that teaches the whole Bible, rightly divided, and stay there. Stop following people from church to church. Stop buying all the latest books and videos that teach the latest, greatest trend... and get rooted in the unchanging Word of God.

10 March, 2015

Friendship Goes Both Ways

I get amazed at how some people's thought process works. That statement is opening a can of worms that could leave me writing for a week, but for the sake of this blog entry, let me zero in on one thing that happened just today. I received a message from someone who wrote to give me a "heads up" that another friend was very upset that I had not called them for the past 2 months. I sat there thinking, "Really? Have they bothered to call me?" I did not even respond to that message, honestly, because it pretty well ticked me off. I mean, if you've not heard from a friend in a couple of months, shouldn't you reach out to your friend rather than run your mouth to someone else and talk smack about them? What kind of friend is that?  I'm pretty sure that my phone is not the only one invented that can dial out, so why not call me? No, you'd rather go talk about me than to reach out and talk to me. All I can say is "wow."  The whole thing is just mind blowing to me, but what really makes this whole situation crazy is that two months ago I had posted on three different occasions  on Facebook that my phone had lost all of my contacts and that I needed everyone to either text me or call me so that I had contact numbers again. Anyone who has not contact me, I don't have your phone number. Yet, somehow I am the bad guy because I've not called. Seriously? I'm wondering if you are really "a friend" after all. Just saying it the way it is. 

06 March, 2015

It's All About Him

The "church" today is a far cry from what God intended for His church to be. The purpose of the church is supposed to be the embodied persona of Christ as the Holy Spirit works in and through our lives to reach the world with the gospel and build the Kingdom of God.  However, the church today has become more of a center where the people who make up the church hang out to build their own kingdom; a place where they feel good about themselves, bask in "worship"  in such a way that they "get a touch" and leave feeling a high from the worship. It's really not about giving glory to God as it is about the euphoric feeling they get in worship. In short, it's about the people "getting" rather than giving. Somewhere over the last few generations, church became more about "us" and "me" than it did about Him. We hear preachers and worship leaders promoting the notion of "getting high" on the Holy Ghost. They are actually promoting the idea that the purpose of the corporate church gathering is for the people to get all they can, take all they can and there is little talk or emphasis to giving ourselves as an act of worship to a Holy God. Don't misunderstand me; I'm not saying that that there is nothing for us in worship. Indeed, when we worship, we do receive blessings and being in God's presence is the most incredible thing a human can ever experience in this life. But it is not about us. It's not about what we get. It's what we give. It is about bestowing glory, honor and praise to the God of all creation. The issue that I am trying to address is that we must get the order right. It must be that God is the primary focus, the only focus. Only when we get a thorough understanding that God alone is primary and everything and everyone else comes well after that God will begin to truly move and pour out His Spirit in our lives. When we have that order right, according to His Word, we can ask anything in His Name and it will be done, because we are seeking His will and purpose, not our own. I believe that one of the reasons the church is lacking power and not seeing the miraculous on a regular basis is because we have made it about us, rather than Him. When we put God back in His rightful place, the power of God will begin to flow in and through the church as it did in the book of Acts and we will turn the world upside down for His glory. When the members of the Body of Christ begin to function as one with the mindset of John, that we "must decrease that He might increase", then there will be a world wide revival as the glory of God fills the World. 

Lord, awaken your church from the drunken stupor that she has been in with self-absorbed thinking and motives. Arise and shine in this world once again!

05 March, 2015

Get Ready For A Whole New World

The following article is from the "Mut Zur Wahrheit" (Courage to Be Truthful") a German website. This is a rough translation of the original article. The things we see in America are happening around the world, setting the stage for a New World Order under one government. Get ready!

The EU wants to monitor "intolerant citizens" who do not meet the EU requirements for "tolerance". Young people are to be re-educated. 

Inter-EU walls is concocted a new "supervisor". The EU wants to monitor "intolerant citizens" The European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation (ECTR) has presented a draft of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) of the European Parliament, he should be prepared for adoption with the clever title...: "European Framework National Statutes for the Promotion of Tolerance". The disturbing proposal would require European governments to monitor citizens, which are regarded as "intolerant". This could therefore lead to a ban on all criticism of Islam or feminism. According to critical observers provides this statute an "unprecedented threat the fundamental right to freedom of speech "is and could ultimately lead to the right to freedom of expression in Europe is severely restricted. Because some critical voices against Islam and Islamic law, Sharia could be banned. This is the goal Muslim activist groups have been working for more than two decades. Article 4 of the proposed Regulation is revealing: "... there is no reason to be tolerant to intolerant people. This is particularly important when the law is touched to freedom of expression, freedom of speech, "The extermination of Intolerance in other words precedence over the right to freedom of expression of millions of European citizens, it gets even better!. Is in the draft states that "members of vulnerable or disadvantaged groups enjoy in addition to the general protection to which the Government is committed to any person within the state with respect to, nor special protection." This is based on the claim, the right to freedom of expression of European citizens must be limited so that no "additional" rights of minorities are affected by "intolerant" remarks. The mere satire would be prohibited. Here, too, "Big Brother", coupled with bureaucracy: The framework statute calls for the establishment of a "special administrative unit" in each of the 28 EU Member States, is to supervise the enforcement of and compliance with the statute. It will be the Ministry of Justice of the country under the direct and may impose penalties. In addition to in each country a "National Commission for monitoring of Tolerance" to "promote tolerance" will be created.
The draft also calls for "re-education" of people who are classified as intolerant. "Young people who have committed crimes and were sentenced, are obliged to undergo a rehabilitation program through which they shall have instilled a culture of tolerance."
Schools will be required from the primary school to the government, "to encourage students in the classroom to accept difference and diversity and to promote a climate of tolerance to the qualities and cultures of others."
What is quite welcome in theory, but in practice means that any form of criticism of totalitarian religions and ways of life is prevented and that the insistence but to be subjected to a homeland or regional identity.
Brussels connoisseurs fear that this statute has great chances to be waved through and decided. Because in 2001 the EU declared that it had the right to take action against their critics. The gradual introduction of the muzzle is completely could well prevent any more.