(WND): Sandy Davis, director of the Caddo-Bossier Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, said there are several advantages, but primarily, "these clergy would already be known in the neighborhoods in which they're helping to diffuse that situation."
So government orders to abandon homes, turn over guns, leave livestock behind, or whatever would come to the minds of various officials during an "emergency," would be easier for people to accept, the report indicated.
The report said one of the biggest tools the clergy members would use would be the Bible itself, specifically Romans 13, where Tuberville said the Bible states "the government's established by the Lord, you know. And, that's what we believe in the Christian faith. That's what's stated in the Scripture."
Civil rights advocates have raised questions about the idea of using clergy in such a fashion, noting the balance clergy would have to maintain when asked to do what the government wants under color of their status as a religious leader.
A blogger for the Christian education site, Chalcedon noted that the training has been going on in secret for over a year already.
"The clergy are being advised to use Romans 13 to encourage parishioners to submit to the sudden and massive expansion of government control that takes place during martial law," the writer said....
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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Notice how the federal government has no problem with the "separation of Church and State" when it comes to using religion to gain more power and deprive citizens of their rights? This is very disturbing, and it would appear the U.S. government fully intends to use this option when the time is right. American Christians will not know who their clergy are working for -- God or the government? Fortunately, for American Catholics, we have at least one member of the clergy that our government cannot hire -- the pope! In the event of a national crisis, I believe American Catholics would do well to listen to him, (and perhaps his closest emissaries), rather than local clergy. So long as our local clergy are in full agreement with the pope (and his closest emissaries) we can probably trust them. But if we see a big discrepancy between what our clergy are saying, and what the pope and his closest emissaries are saying, than we know something suspicious is afoot. In such a scenario, we should probably listen to the pope first. I fear American Evangelicals (and other Protestants) will not have such clear guidance available to them if (or when) the time comes.