Tag Archives: beliefs

The Hutaree Militia arrests: a few thoughts

The Hutaree Militia arrests: A few thoughts.

“The cardinal doctrine of a fanatic’s creed is that his enemies are the enemies of God.” -Andrew DicksonWhite,diplomat, historian, and educator (1832-1918)

Is it the act of a righteous person to plot to kill another human being as a ploy to greater violence? The events in Michigan concerning the Hutaree militia group and their alleged plot to kill a police officer as a means of enabling a greater act of domestic terrorism raise this question.

This group, consisting of nine members, mostly within a single family and a few outside associates, had used biblical justification for their actions. Believing that the ‘end times’ are upon us, they sought to foment an action they hoped would precipitate an armed rebellion against the United States government.

I went to Hutaree’s website, which at this time of writing is still active. Their About Us page quotes the Gospel of Luke 22, where the disciples are advised to buy a sword for protection. Like most such groups, they have taken this as an order to cause the trouble, although from reading the actual text it sounds to me like a warning to self-defense.

I am not a believer in the ‘End of Days’. I want that clearly understood. I am firmly convinced that if the end of the world comes it will be because groups such as this decide to force the issue, creating a self-fulfilling prophecy rather than a genuine act of God. Sadly, these groups have an agenda that they twist their religion to fit until they are completely convinced of their justifications.

Do I get angry at my government? Hell, yes.

Then I write a letter to my congressman expressing my displeasure and exactly why I think he screwed up. If I am really unhappy with the job he is doing, I vote for someone else that I think can do a better job. That’s Democracy, people. That’s our right of choice, and we put it to use; if you don’t vote, then you have no right to complain.

We also have the right to worship as we please, even if to an outsider the forms or content of our religion may seem a little strange. Practicing survival skills is not a bad idea, given the severity of natural disasters in recent years. Seen in that light it is actually a good idea to be more prepared for emergencies. Wearing camouflage and firing guns doesn’t seem to be a very sacred activity to me, but if it works for you, that’s your right.

No matter what your religion, you most definitely do not have the right to attempt to kill another person, even if they are working for the government you are so angry with. You do not have the right build bombs and plot to kill large numbers of people with whom you disagree. There is a right way and a wrong way to do things, and Hutaree members may have just hit on the wrongest way possible. To use words that the members of the Hutaree may understand, Thou shalt not kill, which comes from the Ten Commandments. Remember those?

I also wish to express my approval of the way the FBI handled this case. This was no Waco or Ruby Ridge; no one was killed, not even the intended victims. Law enforcement acted swiftly and decisively to end the threat before these idiotically dangerous individuals were able to harm anyone. For that they have my thanks. Unnecessary deaths are painful, no matter which side they are on.

To wind this up, I do have to say that I do not understand the kind of person that can accept that their religion demands the death of another human being. I thought we had gotten past that sort of blood sacrifice mentality a few thousand years ago.  For those of you who believe that the bible will justify acts of terrorism, let me leave you with a quote to ponder: Matthew 7:16—by their fruits you shall know them.

Find your peace, friends.

Why Practical Heretic?

Let’s delve into why we chose to call this area the Practical Heretic. First, it just sounds cool and rebellious. Two, it makes a person think, can heresy be practical? And if it can be, why would the church be against it? Practicality should be honored, and in our time of most people being stressed out over all the details that make up our lives, keeping things simple and practical seems like the right thing to do.

When discovering what something is, it is wise to break it down into its parts and understand the meanings of the parts. In our case, practical has 10 different meanings according to Dictionary.com. Ranging from meanings such as reasonable to pertaining to, and even application in the theater. We want you to be sure that your spirituality is practical, it serves you and works with your life. We want you on the spiritual path that feels right to you.

Next we discover what heretic is. Again we turned to Dictionary.com for the meanings. Heretic, as we use it here, either means a believer who acts contrary to the dogma of the institution or someone who thinks freely. Either meaning is appropriate here. We want you to be free thinkers, we want you to reject the dogmas that are wrong, that go against what is right.

Religion as it is known today is all about giving up for God, and I suppose they could be right, but I have one major issue with that. If God is the father of us all, and is equated to parenthood, then he wants nothing from us. Not really. As a parent, I don’t really want anything from my children. I want them to be happy, healthy, and well-adjusted enough to be a practical and productive part of society. But the things that I really want out of life, my children can’t give me, that is not their role, I have to fill those myself. Just like they are going to need to learn to fulfill their needs themselves.

God is not going to give us anything, nor does he want anything from us. He wants us to learn to fulfill our needs ourselves and to be happy, healthy, and well-adjusted enough to get by in society. In other words, a Practical Heretic.