Attending a Council Dinner is always invigorating. Staff, members, and guests spend time networking, talking about new opportunities, what works, and what doesn't. The Council Dinner held in Bozeman, MT, over the weekend was no exception. This was the first time JBS held the dinner in Montana and the outpouring of support couldn’t have been better. In addition to the beautiful geography and great food, attendees were treated to a powerful line-up of effective speakers during the late morning and afternoon portion of Saturday.
Chapter leaders and other distinguished volunteers received a pep talk and advice from CEO Art Thompson and National Director of Field Activities Jim Fitzgerald the evening before, so they were fired up and ready to learn. President John McManus started us off with discussing some of the history of the United Nations and how it erodes national sovereignty, works against the U.S. Constitution, and how the UN continues to be accepted wholeheartedly by elected officials.
John offered insight into the UN’s Agenda 21, of which our own Bill Jasper had broken the story of this initiative in the 1990s with his reporting from the UN conference in Rio De Janeiro. John showed how Agenda 21 is reaching down into local communities and usurping the sovereignty of our local governments in the name of sustainability. He talked about the successful efforts of communities in Virginia and Oklahoma to educate local officials of these unconstitutional acts and how the proposed legislation was defeated. Given Agenda 21, JBS is stepping up its efforts to Get US Out! of the UN, one of its longest-standing campaigns. Look for new tools this fall to battle Agenda 21 and ways to raise the level of awareness.
Pastor Dan Fisher of Yukon, Oklahoma delivered an energetic “Silencing Christianity in America” that described how Christians had become politically incorrect and, in some instances, declared a potential terrorist threat. He gave example after example of Christians being persecuted in America. He described how some are fighting back by showing that the First Amendment has been so twisted to exclude God from government, and along with that, morality of the populace. He discussed the need for pastors to once again lead their flocks into the heat of battle to help right this wrong.
He elaborated more on this in a special session held that afternoon that saw him discuss the efforts of the Black-Robed Regiment during the War of Independence and how pastors back then led the charge to help battle the British and how involved they got in politics. Sound a bit different from today? Pastor Fisher and other patriotic pastors have decided to bring back the regiment by incorporating more of a liberty message in with their sermons, including discussing politics. They have recently sent the IRS a video and transcript of their political sermons to challenge the IRS and the constitutionality of the Johnson Amendment, which loosely states that churches cannot be involved in politics and maintain their not-for-profit status. Pastor Fisher has received confirmation back from the IRS that the agency is now beginning to keep a file on the church. But this isn’t slowing him or others down. It only serves to push them harder in their resolve.
Robert Brown brought forth a fresh idea that demonstrates how the power of a few individuals can multiply into a real opposing force that can make a world of difference in a Congressional district. The “Power of 500” demonstrated this well as one person can influence 10 households, who in turn influence a factor of 2 or 4, multiplying the influence eventually into thousands and greater.
By having 500 active members in a congressional district, big changes can occur in the electoral make-up of that district and result in elected officials who adhere to the Constitution, regardless of party.
The final afternoon speaker was Montana State Representative Derek Skees, who presented “The Principles of ’98.” His explanation of lesser magistrates to great magistrates set-up a constitutional case for nullification. He related his freshman experiences in the state legislature in which he had crafted numerous bills to nullify federal legislation as well as author a number of government-reducing bills. His high energy and commitment to his oath of office were very refreshing.
That evening at the Council Dinner, we heard from Ray Clark, JBS Council Member and owner of Clark’s Nutrition, about his efforts to organize his fellow industry partners and battle the Food and Drug Administration. His story of organizing against the opposition and fighting incredible odds to victory was encouraging. He has plenty of insight into dealing with an overbearing, unconstitutional, and free-enterprise-killing government agency. His personal stories brought hope to fellow Birchers battling ObamaCare and other measures.
Elijah Abraham, founder of Center for National Security, detailed the battle that Islam is waging against Christians. He showed how deeply Sharia Law had taken hold in the UK and how it is beginning to work its way into American courts. Growing up in Baghdad, he has first-hand knowledge of this and helps to convert Muslims to Christians from his ministry in Texas. He certainly showed evidence of Sharia-creep. His description of the problem was very eye-opening.
CEO Art Thompson ended the evening with his presentation on how Birchers have made a difference, how they continue to make a difference, and how the future victory will be made even sweeter for future generations.
The next Council Dinner is scheduled for October in Albany, NY, with Jerome Corsi as one of the main speakers. Watch JBS.org for further announcements.