Pastor Blames Constitution for America's Problems
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Tue Mar 20, 2012 at 11:38:44 AM EST
     Ted Weiland, a pastor in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, claims the real downfall of America happened when they adopted a Constitution.  Weiland stated openly what some in the Dominion movement have only muttered under their breath.  They do not like the U.S. Constitution.  Christian Reconstruction writers have called Democracy a political system for cowards.  What makes Ted's comments interesting is the fact that many Religious Right leaders claim the Constitution is a Christian document promoting the Christian faith.  David Barton, no stranger to the Dominion movement, claims prayer meetings held among Christian delegates gave us the document.  Weiland agrees with most scholarly research that this idea is absurd.
     Weiland's Mission to Israel Ministries recently sent out an article on the issue of the U.S. Constitution.  The work can be found at  He says that Colonial America was doing well, basing its laws on the Bible.  It doomed its future when it adopted the Constitution.  Weiland writes that the Constitution is not compatible with Christianity.  He finds its words hostile to Scripture. He wrote, "We will never become a nation that pleases Yahweh by promoting the Constitution."  He sees the document as taking away the rights of citizens and not protecting them.  He noted that our rights have been "whittled away" since this statement was made the law of the land.  
     Ted makes the point that many secular writers have noted.  Jefferson did have some Christian- sounding statements but "no one would argue he was a Christian."  The writer takes a refreshing view toward Jefferson in contrast to many of his Dominion friends.  
     Ted notes several portions of the American legacy that he says supplant God's law.  He notes the preamble does not place Biblical law as the law of the land.  Article 2 sets up the Executive branch of government.  Evidently Ted wants a system like in Iran where religious leaders make executive decisions.   Article 6 states there will be no religious tests required for public office.  Ted sees this as a "repudiation of Christianity."  As one might predict, he does not like the First Amendment.  Weiland knows this means religious toleration.  Ted is in favor of severe punishment for those who do not practice his official version of the Christian faith.
     Of particular interest is the pastor's disgust at the adoption of Amendment 8.  This is the protection of citizens from cruel and unusual punishment.  The preacher has written books regarding this issue and what is true Biblical justice.  The late Dr. T.B. Maston, a famous Christian ethicist, wrote that surely no one in modern times would advocate the death penalties proposed by the Old Testament for today.  Ted and his friends do!  In Ted's book on the subject he lists the offenses that demand being stoned.  That is idolatry, blasphemy, transgressing the Sabbath and extreme cases of child rebellion.  Also included in the capital offenses are murder, kidnapping, perjury, adultery, bestiality, miscegenation, incest, homosexuality, deceit in marriage and rape.  He saves two other offenses for burning at the stake.  Those are marriage to both a mother and her daughter and whoredom by a relative of a priest.  He wrote that there is another offense, he calls false prophesying, that does not carry a specific mandated form of execution.1   (I am sure Ted would be glad to come up with an avenue of punishment for this one if asked.) The pastor noted in his book that it was mandatory that everyone in the community must attend the execution.2
     Ted is by no means the average run- of -the- mill- type pastor.  He does have a church, following and publishes books.  He did not say he is Christian Identity, but appears to fit the profile.  He is an anti-Semite claiming the Jews of today are not really Jews, but impostors.  He adheres to the British -Israel belief that Anglo Saxons are really the lost tribes of Israel.  He notes that modern Christians have more Jewish blood in their veins than their Jewish neighbors.  In his doctrine, the covenant is passed on by genetic seed. Modern Jews are impostors and are from a forgotten tribe known as Khazars.3  

1.     Ted Weiland, Phinehas Hoods, Prisons, Capital Punishment, Mission to Israel, Scottsbluff, Nebraska, 2000, pgs. 9.
2.    Ibid. pg. 10.
3.    Ted Weiland, The Mystery of the Gentiles, Mission to Israel, Scottsbluff, Nebraska, 2005.  Pgs. 5, 19, 21,22,104.

The Southern Poverty Law Center claims the explosion of the Patriot movement is alarming.

by wilkyjr on Tue Mar 20, 2012 at 12:24:22 PM EST
means well, right? Ok, other than that, how're they doin? AHahaha. I laugh to keep from crying.

I love how, when Homeland Security( I picture Orwell shuddering every time that title is used.) pointed out the very common-sense notion that, with a Black as President, and Democratic one at that, more right-wing militia/Christian nationalists would re-organize, the entire Republican base went into seizures, as if we aren't allowed to remember Clinton's 2 terms.

by trog69 on Tue Mar 20, 2012 at 08:49:10 PM EST

Cn you explain the connection between the anti-constitutionalism of the pastor in your article and the patriot movement. I am not sure I understand the connection. I haven't heard of this movement before .

by PastorJennifer on Tue Mar 20, 2012 at 04:24:31 PM EST
The Southern Poverty Law Center website has a front page article up right now about the explosion of Patriot groups. That's a good place to start to learn about them.

by MLouise on Tue Mar 20, 2012 at 10:45:14 PM EST

It is a lose connection of like minds.  The Nebraska pastor has a book about the 2nd Amendment and bearing arms is one of his favorite promotions.
Many Patriots are British Israel, but not all.  Race is a common bond and suspecion of government is another.
The web site has up an interview with Larry Pratt of Gunowners of America.  Pratt has been given credit for helping start the militia movement/patriot groups.  These types run together and when there are conventions of such you could expect to see them in the same crowd. I could take the time to come up with other links if needed.

by wilkyjr on Tue Mar 20, 2012 at 05:32:27 PM EST

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