Recently the Reverend Franklin Graham posted this on his public Facebook page:
“Listen up–Blacks, Whites, Latinos, and everybody else. Most police shootings can be avoided. It comes down to respect for authority and obedience. If a police officer tells you to stop, you stop. If a police officer tells you to put your hands in the air, you put your hands in the air. If a police officer tells you to lay down face first with your hands behind your back, you lay down face first with your hands behind your back. It’s as simple as that. Even if you think the police officer is wrong—YOU OBEY. Parents, teach your children to respect and obey those in authority. Mr. President, this is a message our nation needs to hear, and they need to hear it from you. Some of the unnecessary shootings we have seen recently might have been avoided. The Bible says to submit to your leaders and those in authority ‘because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account.’”
With all due respect, Mr. Graham, and you have earned my respect, that is pretty easy for you to say from the safety of your celebrity ivory tower status. You are known across the entire civilized world. You have never experienced what us common Americans experience from the cops every day. Until the police state under this dictatorship gets much, much worse, you never will.
You may get pulled over for the occasional traffic stop, but you will never get brutally beaten to death like Kelly Thomas. You will never have someone stride into your living room, say “I don’t have time for this”, and shoot you in the chest and kill you while you are restrained between two other cops like Keith Vidal. You will never be put in handcuffs and tazed until you are braindead like Danielle Maudsley. You will never be trapped in a bathroom and have a gun emptied into you like Donald Kaldrick. You will never be subjected to actual cavity searches on a public highway like Angel Dobbs, Brandy Hamilton, and Alexandria Randle. You will never have your dog’s head blown off with a shotgun and have to listen to a cop say “Did you see the way its collar flew up into the air when I blew its head off? That was awesome!” like Sarah Brown did.
The Jews in Germany obeyed the law. How did that work out for them? How has it ever worked out for anyone under the laws and edicts of a dictatorship? How did obeying the law work out for Jesus Christ himself?
You, sir, have never experienced being a common, ordinary American. You do not truly understand what it is like to be abused and beaten by out of control cops. You do not truly understand what it is like to stand there and see your loved one literally murdered by an evil person wearing a badge. You most likely have never been discriminated against because of your race.
Do you even understand that just as good people become cops because they genuinely care about their fellow humans, truly evil people become cops because they know they can abuse and murder and be protected by those in authority? Do you realize that in the first two months of 2015, almost a hundred people have been killed by cops? Many of those people were completely innocent and unarmed. Do you realize that for the first month of 2015, the only cops killed were killed by other cops?
I understand the depth and sincerity of your faith, and I understand that you want to follow God’s laws. However, on a personal level, when I am confronted by true evil, I WILL NOT SUBMIT. When those who have been placed in authority by the people forget their place and disregard their oath and go against God’s laws themselves, in my opinion I am under no obligation to submit to that. I understand all the arguments about the authorities being responsible to God, I understand that we are supposed to leave vengeance to God. We are not, however, required to leave justice to God. Cops are not above the law. When they do something wrong, they must be punished under the law exactly as all Americans. To suggest or support any other course of action is absolutely unacceptable.