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Quote from their site…

“We are the Special Forces of spiritual warfare, we’re looking for a few good warriors.”
-Repent Amarillo Staff-

Christian ‘Army of God’ Militia Terrorizes Amarillo, Texas

Written by xxdr_zombiexx for Smirking Chimp

An evangelical Christian hate group called Repent Amarillo is reportedly terrorizing the town of Amarillo, Texas. Repent fashions itself as a sort of militia and targets a wide range of community members they deem offensive to their theology: gays, liberal Christians, Muslims, environmentalists, breast cancer events that do not highlight abortion, Halloween, spring break events, and pornography shops. On its website, Repent has posted a Warfare Map of its enemies in town.

To leap to the end of the article, NO…there was no report or discussion that ANYTHING has been done to corral these brownshirt assholes. A little more on the flip.

According to a new expos矢y the Texas Observer, Repent set out earlier this year to destroy a discreet club of swingers they discovered in town. On New Years eve, the harassment began, with Repent members, almost exclusively young men, showing up in military fatigues and bullhorns, blaring Christian music at the swingers club building. The swingers, made up of regulars of middle aged, working class couples, were then stalked at every following visit to the club. Repent not only took video of each member, but obtained the swingers license plates and dug through their trash, informing neighbors and coworkers of what was once private

I have the overwhelming feeling that if I did this I’d be getting my ass kicked and then arrested and then sued.

Here’s their pathetic website Check this:

Notice: This site is not designed for non-christians, It is designed as a recruitment tool to call certain Christians to spiritual warfare, If you are not a Christian and you want to know more about becoming a Christian consider the following Links as resources. While some of them support our efforts, and some may not, it is not about us and it is not about them. It is about Jesus Christ.

If you do make the journey over to their site, note the little white flecks floating all over it. I imagine it’s methamphetamines.

Also check out their Spiritual Warfare Map.

I got news for crackheads like these:

I am never going to worship your god and nothing you can do will make me.I am never going to your damned churches.

I am never going to view you as anything but knuckle-dragging 12-century throwbacks and dimwitted brownshirts with inadequate psyches and tiny dicks.

Where, exactly, are the cops when one actually needs them?

Chasing potsmokers, I suppose.

Addendum from the Daily Kos posting: per kalmoth

Please add this to the diary…
the people are already organizing against hate.The site www.repentamarillo.net belongs to Amarillo Citizens Against Repent Amarillo. This blog links to several articles in the Texas Observer describing the crazy, and there already is some legal action pending against them – attempting to harass an attorney was probably not a very smart idea.

There is also a lot of coverage of the war between Repent Armadillo and the local swingers’ community.

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Ken Carman
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12 years ago

I have mixed feelings here…

I have never supported harassing people as a form of protest. Now, of course, defining “harassing” is crucial… but this falls into any rationale definition. Didn’t support it in the 60s. I don’t support it now. If you feel you must you should be willing to go to jail for your cause, give your real name, and not whine like a little baby unwilling to stand proud for what you believe in.

As obnoxious as the appeal is I am for free speech. But anyone shot or murdered in any other way on the “other” side? Those who agreed to the design for this web site need to be convicted as accomplices. Anyone else notice the page fully opens with a gun shot at the end of that open? What are we encouraging here? They know damn well what they’re encouraging.

They have a right to their beliefs. But not a right to incite violence. And not a right to harass, trespass or break and enter. That goes for all no matter what the skew of the movement or belief.

Pastor Todd
Pastor Todd
12 years ago

Just to help you on this story we ware black shirts i hope you get saved the lord Jesus(GOD)John 1:1-20 will return soon just as the Bible says and if you don’t repent you will be lost that said if telling people Jesus is the truth light and the way and he loves everyone makes us a hate group so be it. God loves people and hats sin but if you are a sinner and don’t repent and except Jesus, you reject him and what he did for you you will go to hell. I hope people will hear and believe in Jesus and not in this world.

[Editor’s Note: Part of this comment was excised because it made wild, unverified accusations against an individual. Perhaps the Pastor will take to heart that portion of the Ten Commandments which advises against bearing false witness.]

katie
katie
12 years ago

As icky as these people are, this is NOT a militia. You can’t just hijack a word like that. A militia has guns and ammo and trains like police or military and the ones that combine that sort of potential for violent force with this sort of hate message are the truly dangerous ones. This group is merely inconvenient by comparison. And be careful what you ask for. They are as protected as anyone in their pursuit of freedom of speech. If it crosses into harrassment or becomes threatening or happens on private property, then it is a legal matter. But just not liking their message isn’t enough to have them shut down or silenced. Their sort would have had civil rights speakers shut down and would have environmental groups shut down and so on. Freedom gives people like this the right to say their unpalatable things.

RS Janes
12 years ago

Are those stock photos or do these Amarillo maniacs actually have access to an operational tank with an M2 .50 caliber machine gun, and dress in Green Beret uniforms? The tank and .50 cal. machine gun are illegal if operational, as is wearing an official US Army uniform.

Of course I realize Christopublicnas and other right-wing cranks are rarely arrested for this sort of thing, but isn’t a battle tank pretty far over the line, not to mention what they hint they’re planning to do with it?

BTW, in some towns it is illegal to comb through people’s trash while it’s on their property, although I don’t know if Amarillo is one of them, and chasing swingers down to intimidate them would seem to be harrassment, if not assault.

But, then, it is Texas where they grow ’em, as Bartcop would say, extra-religious and extra-stupid.

Ken Carman
Admin
12 years ago

I pulled the photos off their web site, which mean: “I don’t know.”

Of course some swingers might enjoy being chased down, but not that kind of “chased down…” unless it’s an S&M swinger’s club, then all bets are off.

I agree the whole thing is “over the line;” especially the bullet sound at the end of the the page as it opens on their website. Of course, though by no means not comparable, there are some who would claim what we do on our front page sometimes is “over the line.” You wouldn’t believe how many times I get lectured about what Scribe does from those who seem amused when it comes to the other side doing it.

Ye Olde Scribe
Editor
12 years ago

Which is why Scribe sometimes has extra special fun poking the Reich Wing giant. Like using a foe’s excess energy against them. Would Scribe use bullets against them? If he felt that threatened. Probably not because they would probably use the bullet first because if a squirrel gave them some look they didn’t like they would say, “&^%$#@! Hitler squirrels in their Nazi nests. Anyone gotta a flame thrower? Glen the Schmeckus Beckus? Lush Dimbulb? Beyond the Pale Plain? Maybe she can walk over and borrow it from the Russians she sees from her house. Careful Sara! Thin iceeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee…..”

Oh, what a waste. And now that “the waste” fell through. Clean up, aisle AH-LAS-KAH!

RS Janes
12 years ago

Good, YOS, except the giant isn’t so big anymore — they’re just loud and nasty and they have the MSM as a megaphone.

Ken Carman
Admin
12 years ago

I guess I need to reply to the Pastor and Katie, although their comments are different in content.

First, let’s be clear, this post was imported from another site. No one here wrote it. It was posted right after the more news oriented story.

As far as anyone here at LT I suspect no one wants to ban or make illegal what you believe. But I do believe that framing this site as a military site with a gunshot at the end has all the marks of encouraging others to murder people if they don’t follow your interpretation of God’s word. If you don’t want someone to be killed due to your efforts perhaps you should try a less antagonistic way to display it?

You may notice in my own comment I said you have a right to believe whatever you want, and even frame it in this manner. But it’s like screaming fire in a theater. There should be consequences when the way you frame something encourages that level of hate.

Since we’re referring to free speech, yes, Katie, he can “hijack” a word like that. And considering the visuals on the site alone: not much of a “hijack.” He did say that nothing has been done to coral the group, and that does imply shutting them down: just like using the images of tanks and the sounds of a bullet imply those who disagree should be murdered. But the difference here is if he does want to try to have the group shutdown, legally he has a right to try and they have a right to sue in return. I suggest he doesn’t try. Could be very expensive.

“Freedom gives people like this the right to say their unpalatable things.”

I agree.

Pastor Todd…

Re: “reject Jesus.”

Well, I for one have rejected no one. We just disagree. Unless you are claiming to be Jesus. Even then, disagreeing with you wouldn’t be “rejecting.” If I tell you I’m the Son of God and you said, “No you’re not,” that’s not “rejection,” any more than if a son tells his father he’s the best piano player in the world and his father tries to explain he’s not.

I’ll bet you know all that’s true, too.

this all was made up by the ACLU president Cristal Robinson in Amarillo for kicking there tail in court. she is a witch and swinger and goes to the uu church, she also a lawyer and we know lawyers don’t lie. Who’s the real haters?

Well, since you spent that rather long sentence tossing around insinuations, actual name calling and painting a whole church with one brush: a church that I know for a fact has believers and non-believers of all kinds of persuasions… you certainly weren’t preach “love” yourself.

Re: “hate Christians.”

Vast over generalization, at best. I suspect the author would agree with me it’s the methods and the means he hates. In fact I defy you to find that statement anywhere in his piece. Do you believe your faith gives you a right to bear false witness? Then “get behind me Satan.”

Bob
Bob
12 years ago

You are so right the Amarillo boys are gaining ground so far i have read they have shut down
a swingers club, strip club that’s been open 40 years, Gay theater, the UU Church witches outdoor services and a gay pride event. look like there kicking butt 100%!!!!

I’m Sorry I got go with and bet my money on the Amarillo Boys! I hard there was some of there Florida people moving to Amarillo to help. If you read there blogs and see there web sites they are all over the world and have hundreds of Churches that back them, With David Grisham being attacked on the net he is getting all the backing and help from them you arn’t hurting him you are making him stronger with the Christian conservative Churches, what ever he needs people money there going to support him. Now there’s not one group out in Amarillo there’s 7 or 8 now that are preaching on the streets for David Grisham he picket up about 50 new people last month, yea you are building him a mega Church.

Ken Carman
Admin
12 years ago

UU “witches” outdoor service? Are you referring to “Wiccan?” It’s not “witch.” More Gaia/earth goddess oriented. It’s not an official UU service of any kind since UUs can be of many different faiths… yes, there are even some who claim to be “Christians,” just like “the Amarillo boys” claim to be “Christians…”

Sounds like you know very little about Unitarian Universalism. BTW, I am neither Wiccan, atheist or agnostic, and I am a UU. I respect their right to believe, just like I do all faiths. I am a theist, and a bit of a deist.

As far as “Gay theater,” depends upon the nature of such theater. In many cases they have as much right to theater as “the Amarillo boys” do: depending once again on the nature of said theater.

Simply because we disagree about someone sexual, or religious, preferences doesn’t mean they have no rights. Said “rights” copuld be to theater, once again “depending.”

Do you have spell check? I hope so. Wow.

I’m sure they claim to have churches all over the world. So?

If they build a mega church I have no problem with it, though I’m sure the author might.

BTW, as you may notice I mentioned this post was imported from another site. Some folks just seem to surf for where this stuff is posted and then write senseless screeds then go elsewhere without returning. I’m one of the few who ever respond to such tripe only because I’m hoping, some day, one poster might actually return and learn something other than the crud they feed themselves for once.

Otherwise, to be honest? You’re doing worse than wasting your time. You convince no one and mostly confirm what others think about you. I suspect you actually make more find it all a bit creepy and egocentric.

RS Janes
12 years ago

The ‘Amarillo Boys’ have a right to think and say whatever they want, but not to harrass people because they disapprove of what they do with their private lives, what religion they follow or what kind of movies they like to watch.

Apparently Pastor Todd and some of the other posters here are Christians who never read the Sermon on the Mount, which summarize the teachings of Jesus. Or maybe they believe the words of Paul, John or some preacher are superior to the words of their Lord. If you believe God is omnipotent and everlasting, why not let Him deal with the swingers in His own way, without your interference? Or don’t you trust God that far?

Instead of concentrating on the sins of others, you might try focusing on your own. Or are you all now completely without sin and ready to pick up a stone?

What a generation of vipers you’ve become, and all in the name of the Lord. And as to praying on the streets of Amarillo — this is specifically against Jesus’ instructions in Matthew 6:5-6:

“And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
“But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.”

You might also read further down in the same chapter of Matthew (14-15) and reflect on these words from Jesus:

“For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
“But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”

Harder then condemnation and hatred (and it is hatred, no matter how you try to spin it otherwise) is love and forgiveness. Apparently too hard for this breed of gun-toting Christian, in thrall to false prophets like David Grisham and ravening wolves in sheep’s clothing — or black uniforms, as the case may be.

Bob
Bob
12 years ago

Ken Carman like i care i don’t do the dope like you! can you read this!!

Bob
Bob
12 years ago

I hear a lot these days about tolerance. I hear, “ so-and-so is intolerant” etc.or, “stop being intolerant”. What is the true meaning of this word? What is itused for in our modern society? What is its true purpose?As I write this newsletter, there are protests going on in California.Homosexual activists are protesting that their side lost on Proposition 8 (thestate constitutional amendment defining marriage as only between one manand one woman). Some activists have taken to the streets peacefully butothers are disrupting church services, disrupting heterosexual weddingceremonies, and threatening violence against Christians. The web blogs areoverflowing with violent and hateful rhetoric towards heterosexuals andChristians. Some of the statements online are outright death threats. Today,there is a report of a Mormon Temple that burned down and arson is stronglysuspected.Pardon me if I’m misinformed but aren’t gays supposed to be tolerant? Isthat not what they preach?There is also a report in the news today about two pro-life women,participating in the 40 days for life prayer vigil outside of an abortion clinic,who were hospitalized for nausea and facial burns after they were poisonedby a chemical applied to the sidewalk where they had been praying. Ithought pro-choice people were tolerant. Is that not what they claim?While there have always been radicals in any movement, it seems it isgreatly on the increase since liberals won substantial victories in theNovember 4th election. There is a very good reason for this rapid increase.They are revealing the true color of their hearts… and it is dark.We Christians need to remember that those who support homosexualmarriage or abortion do not serve God. They serve a different master. InRomans it says that a man becomes a slave to whomever he chooses to obeywhether righteousness leading to life or sin leading to death. Those whoobey and serve Christ do not condone what He condemns. Christians serverighteousness and by extension, support it.Those who serve unrighteousness and sin also, by extension, support it.Jesus said in the Gospel of Matthew that you can tell a tree by its fruit. A badtree produces bad fruit and ,by extension, supports bad fruit. Abortion andhomosexuality are bad fruit, they are evil practices and those who supportthem support the father of evil, Satan.So, if those who support evil, serve evil, what is the purpose of preachingtolerance? It is a false truce.Until recently, those who supported abortion and homosexuality were verymuch in the minority in our nation. They mainly achieved their goalsthrough the courts rather than the democratic process because they wereoutnumbered and thus outvoted. However, their efforts to gain inroads intopublic opinion through infiltration of the mass media and the educationalsystem is starting to bear fruit…bad fruit.The recent successes they have had in this last election has emboldenedthem and allowed us a glimpse into the true nature of their character and thatcharacter is filled with the intents of the master they serve. They hate God’schildren.All this talk of “tolerance” was merely a false truce with which tospiritually disarm Christians until they had achieved a majority or sufficientpolitical power to deal with their adversaries. Mark my words, the momentthey achieve this goal they will drop all pretense of tolerance and their fangsand claws will be shown. They will then ruthlessly and mercilesslypersecute the children of God. “Tolerance” of these evil practices hasbought the time and space necessary for God’s adversaries to operate untilthey could gain the advantage. We are beginning to see the future here by thebehavior of these people now. Here is a quote by an anonymous author thatsums it up well.“ If we continue to teach our children about tolerance and intolerancerather than good and evil, we will end up with an entire generation thattolerates evil. Tolerance is the last virtue of a degenerate society”UnknownAmerican Christians, we are at a crucial time in our nation’s history. Wecan speak now or lose our freedom to speak. We can act now or facepersecution. There is one last thing I want to leave you with. It is a simplebut undeniable truth that every Christian needs to burn into their heart. It isthis; Christians are not called to be tolerant of evil but are called to exposethe darkness to the light of Jesus Christ. God willing, I will write you again.

Bob
Bob
12 years ago

just liked what it said.

Ken Carman
Admin
12 years ago

Frankly, BOB, you don’t know what I do and what I don’t. But in case you’re curious, I’ve never cared for dope. And, yes, despite the spelling, the lack of decent capitalization and rambling context, yes I can read this. And despite our differences, Bob, I thank you for visiting LT Saloon. Please visit again.

Ken Carman
Admin
12 years ago

I’ve been scanning the comments and don’t recall “tolerance” or “tolerant” being used.

There’s lots of chemicals applied to grass, bushes, outside of public buildings. Unless you have some solid proof, maybe they should have paid attention to the signs? No signs? Sue the organization that did it: probably the city or a pesticide company. Proof the clinic people did it? Call the police, file a lawsuit. I don’t support that anymore than I do shooting abortion doctors.

Once again, I’m responding, right? Amazing how even when there’s an attempt to converse and I personally approve your rants to be posted you cling to claims your freedom to speak is being taken away. I could have just left them in the cue, but I too believe in YOUR rights, as well as theirs.

RS Janes
12 years ago

Bob, I have a few problems with what you wrote:

BOB: “We Christians need to remember that those who support homosexual marriage or abortion do not serve God.” […]
“Jesus said in the Gospel of Matthew that you can tell a tree by its fruit. A badtree produces bad fruit and ,by extension, supports bad fruit. Abortion andhomosexuality are bad fruit, they are evil practices and those who supportthem support the father of evil, Satan.So, if those who support evil, serve evil, what is the purpose of preachingtolerance?”

Jesus never once mentioned either homosexuality or abortion anywhere in the New Testament where he is direcly quoted. As far as evil, I’ll let Jesus answer you from the KJV of the Bible:

“But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.”
— Matthew 5:39

“Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.”
— Matthew 5:43-45

BOB: “Some activists have taken to the streets peacefully butothers are disrupting church services, disrupting heterosexual weddingceremonies, and threatening violence against Christians.”

You must remember that avowed Christians, such as the man who murdered Dr. George Tiller in cold blood, and the man who murdered innocent people in that church in Knoxville, TN, in 2008, have killed in God’s name. That is directly in defiance of “Thou shalt not kill.” There were no qualifiers following that short commandment. And you can find nothing in the New Testament where Jesus condones killing or harming evil people for any reason. Certainly by mentioning those two killers I didn’t mean to imply most Christians are murderers, but you are implying many gay people commit such destructive acts as you’ve described.

BOB: “The web blogs areoverflowing with violent and hateful rhetoric towards heterosexuals andChristians. Some of the statements online are outright death threats.”

I read the web every day and have not come across much in the way of violent and hateful rhetoric against Christians, but I have found some very hateful rhetoric by supposed Christians toward non-Christians.

BOB: “Today,there is a report of a Mormon Temple that burned down and arson is stronglysuspected.Pardon me if I’m misinformed but aren’t gays supposed to be tolerant?”

Seems to me you’ve leapt a mile to a conclusion here: You don’t know that it’s arson, but you’re willing to blame a gay person or persons for setting the fire anyway? Aren’t Christians supposed to be accurate and fair? (And of course, “Judge not, that ye be not judged.” Matthew 7:1.) Incidentally, the intolerance of others does not give you license to be intolerant, according to the teachings of Jesus.

“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.”
— Matthew 5:9

Do you think your dislike of gay people advances the interest of peacemaking and Jesus’ commandment that you love your enemies?

Ken Carman
Admin
12 years ago

Seems to me you’ve leaped a mile to a conclusion here: You don’t know that it’s arson, but you’re willing to blame a gay person or persons for setting the fire anyway?

I must admit, I missed that one. I find reading rants like Bob’s a little tough and they do tend to ramble a bit with in complete sentences and nonsensical sentences at times, so I scan them.

You’re right, of course. Even if it was arson assuming a Gay person did it seems an indication of pure hate. What about it, Bob? Have any evidence, or are you just jumping to conclusion due to hate?

As an aside, many fundamentalists that call themselves Christians consider Mormons anything but Christians; and in less than glowing terms than even just “cult.” (A term itself that has taken on a meaning I wish it hadn’t. I don’t find a “cult” automatically offensive. Jesus, in his time, was part of a cult and considered a heretic.) There are a lot of possible suspects here, even if it was arson, including maybe a pissed off Mormon. Like all faiths Mormons has their disaffected. Maybe even someone who wants more than one wife?

If we think about “magic underwear” and “Jesus came to America,” they seem absurd; but no more absurd than the sun standing still as in the Old Testament, or the lineage of Jesus with different names and both starting with someone who supposedly had nothing to do with it: Joseph.

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