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The Oklahoma Supreme Court, in a 7-2 decision, has ordered a monument of the Ten Commandments removed from the Capitol.

Calling the Commandments “religious in nature and an integral part of the Jewish and Christian faiths,” the court said the monument must go.

Gov. Mary Fallin has refused. And Oklahoma lawmakers instead have filed legislation to let voters cut out of their constitution the specific article the justices invoked. Some legislators want the justices impeached.

Fallin’s action seems a harbinger of what is to come in America — an era of civil disobedience like the 1960s, where court orders are defied and laws ignored in the name of conscience and a higher law.

Only this time, the rebellion is likely to arise from the right.

Certainly, Americans are no strangers to lawbreaking. What else was our revolution but a rebellion to overthrow the centuries-old rule and law of king and Parliament, and establish our own?

U.S. Supreme Court decisions have been defied, and those who defied them lionized by modernity. Thomas Jefferson freed all imprisoned under the sedition act, including those convicted in court trials presided over by Supreme Court justices. Jefferson then declared the law dead.

Some Americans want to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill with Harriet Tubman, who, defying the Dred Scott decision and fugitive slave acts, led slaves to freedom on the Underground Railroad.

New England abolitionists backed the anti-slavery fanatic John Brown, who conducted the raid on Harpers Ferry that got him hanged but helped to precipitate a Civil War. That war was fought over whether 11 Southern states had the same right to break free of Mr. Lincoln’s Union as the 13 colonies did to break free of George III’s England.

Millions of Americans, with untroubled consciences, defied the Volstead Act, imbibed alcohol and brought an end to Prohibition.

In the civil rights era, defying laws mandating segregation and ignoring court orders banning demonstrations became badges of honor.

Rosa Parks is a heroine because she refused to give up her seat on a Birmingham bus, despite the laws segregating public transit that relegated blacks to the “back of the bus.”

In “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” Dr. King, defending civil disobedience, cited Augustine — “an unjust law is no law at all” — and Aquinas who defined an unjust law as “a human law that is not rooted in eternal law and natural law.”

Said King, “one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.”

But who decides what is an “unjust law”?

If, for example, one believes that abortion is the killing of an unborn child and same-sex marriage is an abomination that violates “eternal law and natural law,” do those who believe this not have a moral right if not a “moral responsibility to disobey such laws”?


Rosa Parks is celebrated. But the pizza lady who said her Christian beliefs would not permit her to cater a same-sex wedding was declared a bigot. And the LGBT crowd, crowing over its Supreme Court triumph, is writing legislation to make it a violation of federal civil rights law for that lady to refuse to cater that wedding.

But are people who celebrate the Stonewall riots in Greenwich Village as the Mount Sinai moment of their movement really standing on solid ground to demand that we all respect the Obergefell decision as holy writ?

And if cities, states or Congress enact laws that make it a crime not to rent to homosexuals, or to refuse services at celebrations of their unions, would not dissenting Christians stand on the same moral ground as Dr. King if they disobeyed those laws?

Already, some businesses have refused to comply with the Obamacare mandate to provide contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs to their employees. Priests and pastors are going to refuse to perform same-sex marriages. Churches and chapels will refuse to host them. Christian colleges and universities will deny married-couple facilities to homosexuals.

Laws will be passed to outlaw such practices as discrimination, and those laws, which the Christians believe violate eternal law and natural law, will, as Dr. King instructed, be disobeyed.

And the removal of tax exemptions will then be on the table.

If a family disagreed as broadly as we Americans do on issues so fundamental as right and wrong, good and evil, the family would fall apart, the couple would divorce, and the children would go their separate ways.

Something like that is happening in the country.

A secession of the heart has already taken place in America, and a secession, not of states, but of people from one another, caused by divisions on social, moral, cultural, and political views and values, is taking place.

America is disuniting, Arthur Schlesinger Jr. wrote 25 years ago.

And for those who, when young, rejected the views, values and laws of Eisenhower’s America, what makes them think that dissenting Americans in this post-Christian and anti-Christian era will accept their laws, beliefs, values?

Why should they?

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of the new book “The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority.”

Copyright 2013

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  1. Marais says:

    “The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.”

    -Publius Cornelius Tacitus

    • Replies: @viking
  2. You really can’t resolve issues like “marriage” and “discrimination” by a vote. People cherish their religion, and associate with whom they want to associate and do whatever they must to avoid anybody else. So all you’re actually doing is counting who has the firepower and the will to use it.

    Eventually the shooting starts. Diversity is bad for everybody.

  3. War for Blair Mountain [AKA "Great Battle for Blair Mounain"] says:

    Democratic Party Family Values=Social and Cultural Filth with a frosting of anal warts…It takes a community…..of Democratic Party Degenerates….to raise a child in America 2015.

    A Civil War is inevitable.

  4. So Charles Murray recommends that we the American people turn to the Praetorian Guard itself – the corps of meretricious lawyers whose members, for their thirty pieces of silver, instruct supposedly “American” corporations how to scam the H-1B visa program to avoid hiring Americans to instead Import Third World Scab Labor – to redress our grievances against our despotic Dear Rulers?

    Whom, exactly, does Murray expect to pay for this legalist movement – the increasingly displaced, dispossessed, increasingly penurious rump of what had been the American middle class?

  5. J1234 says:

    It should be noted that – despite enormous overreach by the judiciary in general – the court in Oklahoma was a little bit between a rock and a hard place. The whole thing came about because satanists want to put a perverse statue up on state grounds that shows a goat headed demon preaching to two small children, their “reasoning” being that since the Ten Commandments is a religious document, they should be allowed equal exposure on state property.

    It’s an absurd argument, because what the Ten Commandments represents, in this context, is a cultural influence and SOME foundational principles upon which our legal system is based. Satanism doesn’t doesn’t have anything remotely like that. Of course, the real intent of satanists is to use this argument to remove Christian (and Jewish) imagery from public view…to the extent that they can. Whether the courts are willingly going along with this notion or disturbed by satanist statues on public property, I can’t know.

    Regardless, there’s a statue of a greek god at Missouri’s state house, and it’s unlikely that will ever cause a problem for anyone. It’s all about going out looking for legal excuses to persecute those who are favorite targets of the left.

  6. Tom_R says:


    Thank you for the interesting article, Sir. I agree that the Supreme Court has gone too far to the left on a lot of issues (such as immigration and gay marriage), issues that attack the soul of our race and our nation and culture.

    But I am not sure if I want to fight over the Ten Commandments, because the Bible is not our solution—it is the root of our problem. Here is why:

    First of all, the main purpose of religion is to promote God, a Good God, and morality. The Bible (and the OT, including the Torah) fails on both counts. Here is why:

    1. The Judaists are behind most of our problems, such as 3rd world immigration and gay marriage. Worshiping Judaists, including a mythical Jew (Jesus, who never existed, see is not a good way to save your country. We must stand up against all Judaists, real or mythical, instead of pandering them.

    2. Christianity is an African cult. The Old Testament, which is set in Africa, as Egypt is in Africa, is full of black violence and black crime. “There is no text more barbaric than the Old Testament [i.e. Torah]. The Koran pales in comparison”–Sam Harris.

    3. The Bible is mythology (see, not history. The 10 commandments were plagiarized from the Code of Hammurabi.

    4. Abraham was a pimp and Moses was a mass murderer.


    I think whites need to get out of these African cults of Christianity and Judaism. They are the root of most of our problems.

    • Replies: @Ozymandias
  7. Pat’s writing often sounds like he dashed it off at the last minute, and his endings never have punch; I frequently get to the “Pat Buchanan is ___” graph and check back to see if I missed a line.

    But in this essay, I must say, Pat tickled the Muse with this line:

    A secession of the heart has already taken place in America, and a secession, not of states, but of people from one another, caused by divisions on social, moral, cultural, and political views and values, is taking place.

    Nevertheless, it is dismaying that Pat, and most other Catholic opinionators as well as Catholic legislators, fail to seriously consider war-making in the same destructive category as gay rights or abortion.

    Catholic legislators have been trained like myna birds to say, “Iran is bad; Iran can’t be trusted; Iran must be bombed if Iran will not do what we demand that they do.”

    It’s embarrassing to see Catholics scoop up then regurgitate AIPAC brand chickenfeed like Loretta Sanchez did yesterday on C Span Washington Journal

    It’s not just that these legislators, who display their Catholicism like a merit badge, endorse policies that are fundamentally immoral as well as counterproductive to American interests, it’s also that they are so stupid. They display their ignorance; they reveal that they never took the time to read a book on Iranian history, or literature, or how Islam in Iran is different from, say, Wahhabi Islam.

    They are stuck on stupid.

    The heart of the Islamic Republic of Iran is still Zoroastrian, and if a Catholic who has an understanding of his beliefs that is just a tad deeper than “the pope speaks ex cathedra on matters of faith and morals” took a look at Zoroastrianism, or even read the Chronicles II, v e r y c a r e f u l l y, and linked Cyrus, the Persian king who is adulated in Chronicles with the same Cyrus who is responsible for the Cyrus scroll, and incorporated into that medley some basic understandings of Zoroastrianism ( here’s a quick tutorial: Zarathushtrian Religion, Philosophy and History by Professor Kaikhosrov D. Irani ) — then Catholics like Sanchez might have to make some serious adjustments to their thinking.

    In his most recent Unz article Paul Gottfried provided a link to his earlier essay on Allan Bloom and Leo Strauss which included this astonishing passage:

    “Bloom successfully took it upon himself in 1987 to teach American Christians what America can aspire to be, as he put it, “when it’s truly itself.” Bloom’s authentic America, which a universal nation that is true to its Founding and political creed, seeks to bring secular, individually-based democracy to the entire planet. When Americans engage in war, it is intended as an “educational project,” designed to instill in slow-learners our belief in equality, which is meant for all earthlings.

    Sanchez appears to place ex cathedra – like belief in the pronouncements of Bloom and Strauss, but the briefest assessment of their recommendations suggests that they are off their rockers.
    They are endorsing genocide and calling it “education.”

    OK, free speech and all so Bloom and Strauss and their claque including Michael Ledeen who boasts that his Levitic lineage links him to the Levites who slaughtered the Jews who failed to get with the program at Mount Sinai — they wanted “educating,” get to remain unconfined to institutions for the criminally insane, and their books to remain on the shelves of otherwise decent libraries.

    But are Catholics like Sanchez so weak in their Catholic education, or in the head, that they refuse to confront and reject calls to mass killing in the name of “education”?

    Where are the Catholic intellectuals, and thought leaders?

    Pusillanimity was in the old Baltimore Catechism; I haven’t checked –maybe Ratzinger took it out of the new Catechism. Pusillanimity is a sin, the sin of the cowardly, or small, spirit; the shrinking soul; the mindless go-with-the-flow mentality.

    Loretta Sanchez and the rest of you Catholics in public life, if you’re going to make sure an audience is aware that you are Catholic, as Sanchez did in her C Span appearance, then it better have a larger soul than just “I go to Mass.”

    Catholicism that is so pusillanimous that it allows and even supports the sustained oppression and killing of Palestinians; and that lends its voice to the mob that so facilely parrots, “We will degrade and destroy ____,” “We will bomb Iran,” is an embarrassment to all Catholics everywhere.

    Even worse: a Catholic who fails to see the intellectual contradictions in Bloom’s statement is an embarrassment to all thinking people.

    It’s time for Catholics to reclaim moral authority on matters of war and peace.

    Pat: Will you lead?

    • Replies: @Tom_R
    , @MarkinLA
    , @joe webb
  8. Tom_R says:


    Sir, you expect Catholicism to lead? How can it, with a violent God like Yahweh?

    For starters, it says you shall no have no other God, besides me (Yahweh). This proves that Yahweh knows there are other Gods. Now, if Yahweh is really a God, he must be telling the truth and must also be omniscient (otherwise he is not a God, being an ignoramus or a liar) and therefore there really must be other Gods, which then contradicts Yahweh’s own assertion that he is the only God. So Yahweh is a liar.

    What other kind of a “God” is Yahweh?

    “The God of the Old Testament (i.e. Yahweh) is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction; jealous and proud of it; petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sado-masochictic, capriciously malevolent bully.” – Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion

    “Whenever we read … the cruel and tortuous executions, the unrelenting vindictiveness with which more than half the Bible* is filled, it would be more consistent that we call it the word of a demon than the word of God. It is a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalize humankind. And, for my own part, I sincerely detest it, as I detest everything that is cruel.” – Thomas Paine, America’s founding father, in “The Age of Reason.”

    *When he says the bible, Paine means the Torah, the OT.

    “Jehovah, conned and bullied his way to the top of the godly heap. He then maintained his standing through threats and coercion – and when that didn’t work, he did what only a mentally deranged god would do: he just moved in and killed people.”–Paul Tice, in Jumpin Jehovah: Exposing the Atrocities of the Old Testament God.

    So who invented Yahweh? It is very clear that the original authors of the Old Testament were black Africans and they projected their own violent society onto their God Yahweh. Moses was so black, the African pharaoh never recognized him as any different and raised him like his own grandson (Exodus 2:10).


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  9. Realist says:

    Pat is correct in most of his beliefs….religion is not one of them.
    Pat is steeped in religion.

    • Replies: @Minnesota Mary
  10. @Tom_R

    But if there are no Christians left, who will save the African children?

  11. there was a lot of civil disobedience from the white working class during the civil rights era…and what was the result? To quote Lance Henrickson’s character of Jesse in the movie Near Dark (he was a very old vampire) on which side of the Civil War he fought: “we lost.”

    Big business is able to optimize profits when the white working class is cowed and beaten and afraid to talk about race and immigration. That way they are less likely to vote for anti-immigration politicians. The culture war is just a side effect of the propaganda war.

    Civil Disobedience from the white working class? Nope, don’t see it. They are too afraid of prison, of poverty, of demonization, etc.

    • Replies: @jack shindo
  12. MarkinLA says:

    You know that old joke about not having to be faster than the bear but only faster than the other guy? Well Sanchez knows you only have to be smarter than 51% of the idiots in her district. If you looked at her district you would know that fence was easier to jump than the one her constituents jumped to get into the US.

  13. Civil disobedience will work only in a Anglo-Saxon derived legal system that follows due process and has some idea of proportionality between the offense and the punishment. As the U.S. transitions to a Latin-African-Asian legal system, the punishments for civil disobedience will become increasingly harsh–financial ruin and imprisonment in an environment where whites are brutalized. Not a good strategy unless you seek martyrdom.

  14. viking says: • Website

    [It’s much better to use proper capitalization, spelling, and paragraphs. Unless you make such an effort, your future comments may be trashed.]

    The problem of fighting leftism with christian and enlightenment ideas is they own them they are the progenitors of all things left they were in their day leftism.So the left easily turns them back on “conservatives” It doesnt matter that there was a time in history where you thought it was not too hot too cold but just right if you accept absurd ideas like all men are created equal [Personally Ive never met two that were] and the brotherhood of man in Christ youre will never raise an army because they will be called mean un christian un egalitarian un american.
    The left thinks generationally they took the schools first then the law, then the media, and waited for nature to take its course. They have won they are simply mopping up. sure theoretically its still possible but only through a long protracted violent civil war . Washington defeated Britain because he understood he only needed to stay in the field until British troops wore out their welcome; this would actually be easier in the age of you tube. The American public would not long suffer a door to door assault on fellow Americans, but they would for a while if they were told these were racists and homophobes and outsiders ,eventually though the troops would do what troops do, but Americans do no have the stomach to make it to this point they will not risk their comfort their lives their sacred honor and so they will not fight. Already a plain reading of the constitution compared to reality reveals it must be some other countrys we are told we are too stupid to know what was really meant, we are told Lincoln was a hero when in fact he destroyed the very foundation of what were united states,and released a bio terror upon the nation . We think another Reagan will save us but he really did very little good and actually did the first amnesty the most existential threat to our existence he certainly didnt reduce the size and power of the govt as promised he simply couldnt it was already too late.

  15. @Tom_R

    The Catholicism that my generation — and Pat’s generation — grew up in was not bible-based. Oh we knew there was a Bible and it was divided into two main parts, Old Testament — the Jewish bible — and New Testament — the Christian bible. I remember in Sr. High School we memorized the names of the books of the bible. That was about it for bible study. Today there are Evangelical Catholics. Most of the leaders of that movement are converts — ex-preachers from Lutheran (i.e. Richard J Newhouse) or Presbyterian or Baptist, bible traditions.

    The New Testament bible was the basis of Christianity and Catholicism. The New Testament was about Jesus. Not Yahweh.

    Yes, Catholics in our generation learned the traditional bible stories and we probably knew a few things about Yahweh, most likely not until you took a bible course in college, but those stories were not essential — fundamental — to the Catholic way of life.

    They are Jewish stories.

    The Ten Commandments — maybe it’s just me: I never thought of Yahweh when I thought about god or when I said “I believe in God, the Father almighty …”

    Italians have different perceptions of Catholicness than do, for example, Irish Catholics.

    Italians did the sculptures that surround the House of Representative. Moses appears in the medallions that surround the room. If you look closely you’ll notice that only the last seven commandments are indicated; Moses’s cloak covers I, II, and III. In the US House of Representative, you don’t HAVE to “love the lord thy god … and no other god.” But you’re not supposed to kill or steal.

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  16. joe webb says:

    lots of good comments here. Buchanan is very good in my book, even as it is an agnostic book. The Good Book, not the OT, testifies to White Altruism, it is a map of the white genome.

    As someone who participated in civil disobedience during Vietnam, and also served some time for so doing, I knew a lot of White altruists, religious and not, and have a good sense of what was driving them as well as myself: moral indignation and righteousness, over millions of slaughtered southeast Asians, Negro civil rights, and the rest of it.

    Buchanan is correct about some of the likely outcomes of today’s political crisis in the US. However, the white people most offended by the current revolutionary manifestations, are not intellectuals, and do-gooders in general.

    They are not “thinking”….they are reacting emotionally. This is probably a correct psychology from an evolutionary point of view. Our ‘thinking’ has gotten us into deep trouble….Equality and racial equality, etc. One damned thing after another

    This time, the prospects of violence are much greater than a half-century ago. Thinking loses the name of action, but emotions drive action.

    Not many Hamlets left. Even the Liberals have left Reason behind, and are howling for blood, our racialist blood of course.

    The Great Dispossessed Majority, per Wilmot Robertson, is mad as hell, and they are not going to take it much longer. These folks hear “civil disobedience,” shake their heads, and clean their guns.

    Joe Webb

  17. @leftist conservative

    Exactly! They know the that if they show dey arse with civil disobedience, they will be tagged with the n*gg*rs as being unruly and be subjected to the jack booted tactics of the police state usually reserved for the minorities’ (gosh, I hate that epitaph!)

  18. @Realist

    I disagree. Pat Buchanan is most correct in his religious beliefs. As Catholic convert, John Henry Cardinal Newman said, “To be deep in history is to cease to be Protestant.” Pat knows history.

  19. Realist says:

    “I disagree.”

    Then we don’t agree.

  20. Hibernian says:

    You steal and send 18 year old kids to kill.

  21. joe webb says:

    “A secession of the heart has already taken place in America, and a secession, not of states, but of people from one another, caused by divisions on social, moral, cultural, and political views and values, is taking place.” Buchanan.

    I again plug Robert Putnam’s Diversity and Community in the 21st Century. Putnam is or was a liberal. He did like the results of his study, hoping to find that Diversity Makes Us Stronger. Instead he found that it isolates us from one-another.

    Trust is fading fast, also within races…like whites distrusting one-another cuz of liberal and Jewish and Black mau-mauing The White Man. Of course, Pat avoided the word “race” but that is what he means.

    AS Disraeli said, Race is Everything. Putnam’s study provides Proof of what is happening. I assign homework to liberals including Putnam’s study, Minnesota Twin Study, etc. They squirm and are left befuddled. The half-life, real and poetic of liberals, after reading this stuff….O a year or two to Change!

    Joe Webb

  22. Smithson88 says: • Website

    In my opinion these are actually the most peaceful times America has ever seen, at least from a historical perspective. But I appreciated this article. These are certainly crazy times intellectually. Here in Waco Texas we try to uphold a semblance of normalcy.

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