Monday, June 25, 2012

Supreme Court, Immigration, and History Timeline

History Timeline

Dinner Topics for Tuesday: What do Leaders of Tomorrow have in common with Queen Esther of Ancient Times?

What can we learn from these moments on the history timeline? Consider the following three examples, then do an analysis. What would you do?

Old Testament Era

“For Such a Time As This”  Esther, by Elspeth Young.  Copyright 2003.  All Rights Reserved.  Used by Permission of Al Young Studios.
Mordecai, the Jew, refuses to do obeisance to Haman—Haman arranges a decree to kill all the Jews in the kingdom. Mordecai and the Jews mourn and fast because of the king’s decree. Mordecai asks his niece, Queen Esther, to petition the king on behalf of her people, saying, —. . .and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?

Then Esther bade them [the messengers] return Mordecai this answer,
Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.  (Esther 4:14-16)
Esther, at the peril of her life, went in unto the king.

Esther, as the queen chosen by the King of Persia, found herself in a difficult position—it was necessary for her to oppose one of the king’s decrees, in order to preserve the lives of her people. Her uncle, Mordecai, urged her to petition the king for the protection of her people. She did so, even though it was dangerous, and not popular with the ruling regime. God was with her, and she was able to affect the law so that her people could protect themselves.

The Fall of Rome

The sack of 455, A.D. was the second of three barbarian sacks of Rome; it was executed by the Vandals.

Upon the Vandal arrival, according to the chronicler Prosper of Aquitaine, Pope Leo I requested that Genseric not destroy the ancient city or murder its inhabitants. Genseric agreed and the gates of Rome were thrown open to him and his men. Maximus, who fled rather than fight the Vandal warlord, was killed by a Roman mob outside the city, possibly together with his son Palladius.

It is accepted that Genseric looted great amounts of treasure from the city, and also took Lucinia Eudoxia and her daughters hostage. The sack of 455 is generally seen by historians as being more thorough than the Visagothic sack of 410, because the Vandals plundered Rome for fourteen days whereas the Visigoths spent only three days in the city.

The cause of most controversy, however, is the claim that the sack was relatively “clean”, in that there was little murder and violence, and the Vandals did not burn the buildings of the city. This interpretation seems to stem from Prosper’s claim that Leo managed to persuade Genseric to refrain from violence. However, Victor of Vita records how many shiploads of captives arrived in Africa from Rome, with the purpose of being sold into slavery. Similarly, the Byzantine historian Procopius reports how at least one church was burnt down. (Source: Wikipedia)


Arizona Immigration Law: What would you do?

The United States is faced with insecure borders.  American citizens have been violated, vandalized, and even murdered by immigrants who have not entered the country legally—essentially they have invaded this country. Children have had their identity stolen to create fraudulent papers. Many of these criminals are not being held accountable, as in the following example.

“Political correctness also does its best to affect the collective judgment of the American people when it comes to illegal immigration. There is no question it affects law enforcement agencies. I had one veteran police officer tell me when they stop illegal aliens for some violation, they often just send them on down the road after the same violation for which a lawful citizen would have been ticketed, fined or jailed.

Evidently this attitude also affects the feds in charge of enforcing our immigration laws. Did you see the story out of the state of Washington where an illegal immigrant was arrested after being caught in the act of raping a woman? He had been deported nine times. You read that right, NINE times.” ~ Tim Wildmon, director, the American Family Association.

Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona responds to questions regarding her efforts to secure the borders and protect her people from a growing criminal element among illegal aliens.
“The irony is that President Obama’s Administration has chosen to sue Arizona for helping to enforce federal immigration law, and not sue local governments that have adopted a patchwork of ‘sanctuary’ policies that directly violate federal law.”  ~Governor Jan Brewer

Question: What is the reaction of the majority of the population in Arizona to the federal government’s hostility toward the Arizona immigration law?

Brewer: They’re outraged. And rightfully so. These people are supposed to be protecting us. Not assaulting us.

Question: Your family must not like seeing you go through this.

Brewer: No. and they don’t like to see me under fire, and the nasty things that are said and the horrible things and the comments, and efforts made against me and the manner in which they are made.

Question: Most people probably don’t under stand what it’s like, either as a governor or a private citizen, which you also are—to be targeted by, demonized by, and aimed at by the President of the United States. Have you ever. . .been temped to say, “Forget it—it’s not worth it?”

Brewer: Well, sometimes I get a little bit down. But then I hear from so many people, and the encouragement and their support and their prayers have really taken me through all of this. Certainly it has been rigorous and it’s been difficult—and it has been something I would have never, ever anticipated that I would be in the position of doing. But I’m here, and I’m not going to back down. I’m going to keep going. I’m going to do it for every American. Because it’s the right thing to do. (Source: Limbaugh Letter, August, 2010, p.9)



Would the States conceivably have entered into the Union if the Constitution itself contained the Court's holding? Today's judgment surely fails that test. "'The laws under challenge here do not extend or revise federal immigration restrictions, but merely enforce those restrictions more effectively. If securing its territory in this fashion is not within the power of Arizona, we should cease referring to it as a sovereign State.'" ~Supreme Court Justice Anton Scalia, regarding Supreme Court ruling on Obama regime’s suit against the state of Arizona

To American Young Adults: Who Knows Whether You Are Come. . .For Such a Time as This?
As college students and young adult Americans, you will be our leaders of tomorrow. You may find yourselves in situations similar to Queen Esther, Governor Brewer, or even the ruling powers of Rome in 455, A.D. Educate yourselves, prepare yourselves. What would you do if you were a leader?

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