Special Member’s Report: The Underground E-Church
Vol: 70 Issue: 30 Monday, July 30, 2007
By now, some of you may have noticed that a lot of our subject material has disappeared from the main page, unless you are logged into the website.
We’ve either moved, or are in the process of moving, our archives, the majority of our commentary, and most of the reader forums inside the member’s area of the website.
Recent legislation in Canada and similar pending legislation in the US view open, straightforward non-politically correct speech as ‘hate crimes’ rather than free speech.
A conservative blogging website, freedominion.ca is under investigation by the Canadian Human Rights Commission after someone complained that a comment posted that offended both Islam and gays.
The comment that prompted the investigation said, “I can’t figure out why the homosexuals I ran into are on the side of the Muslims. After all, Muslims who practice Sharia law tend to advocate beheading homosexuals.”
To my mind, it is a reasonable question, given the fact that the second part of the statement is factual. Ask any Muslim fundamentalist.
It does seem odd that the gay rights movement would ally itself with radical Islam.
It makes as much sense as a 1930’s German gay rights organization siding with the Nazis.
But somebody found it offensive enough to file a complaint against freedominion.ca with the CHRC, a court that can uniquely boast that it has never found a suspect innocent.
Compare the offending comment to a couple reader replies to a column at the Huffington Post last week regarding Bible-believing Christians:
” I agree Dap . . .thank you Max . . these guys need to be exposed and stopped . . . put behind bars more like . . . they are insane.” – Macready
“When terms like “Jesus Freak” and “Bible Thumper” prove woefully inadequate to describe such creatures, there’s always the clinical yet entirely apt “dangerous psychopath”. – willfarnaby
I only chose the first couple, I could have filled a page with similarly hateful anti-Christian sentiment, but why wallow in it? The message is pretty clear.
Advocating mass imprisonment of ‘insane’ Christians is protected ‘free speech’ that doesn’t raise an eyebrow, while pondering Islam’s relationship with gay rights is ‘hate speech’ deserving of a federal investigation.
It is completely in synch with the Bible’s outline of the social order of the last days, so I’ve been expecting something like this for some years.
But now that it is here, I have to decide how to respond.
There are two choices. we can speak out boldly in public until someone is offended and files a complaint. The website membership is small, and barely covers its own operating expenses now. It wouldn’t take a conviction to shut us down, the legal expenses would be enough on their own.
But the Omega Letter’s purpose is to equip you with the information you need as the days grow short so you are “ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:” (1st Peter 3:15)
Our aim is the “perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:” (Ephesians 4:12)
Our vehicle is by providing a safe haven on the net where like-minded believers can fellowship, learn from one another, exhort one another, discuss doctrine and share their burdens with one another.
We can’t do any of that if the government shuts down our servers while investigating an ‘offensive’ public post.
It is a proven principle of war to choose one’s battles carefully. This is a battle that can only be won in principle by losing the war.
The only other choice remaining is to go underground, so to speak.
Our members pay a membership fee, which is as close to building a fence around internet territory as one can go. It also tends to weed out those who are cruising the net looking for somebody to offend them; there are lots of places they can go be offended for free.
We aren’t doing it in order to boost our subscriber base — we anticipate the exact opposite. Websites don’t grow by hiding them. But it greatly reduces the risk of our giving unintentional offense to some protected agenda group.
We are manually reviewing each column in our commentary archives before releasing them individually back into the non-suscriber database. The briefing archives, and all member’s forums will be invisible to non-subscribers.
Posting privileges to the public commentary forums will be according to member status and all posts will be delayed, subject to our review. All publicly viewable posts will be subject to review prior to release.
Most of the changes will be invisible to logged-in members at the website, but if you aren’t logged in, all the links to the member’s areas will be gone, as will a lot of the front page content.
(If you’ve forgotten your password, there is a link on the password page where you can retrieve it by email.)
For now, we’ll continue the Omega Letter emails, but we are working on alternatives for the day when we won’t be able to deliver them via regular email anymore.
I am not happy about the necessity to go underground, and I am particularly worried about the impact the move will have on the OL’s subscriber base. But my first obligation is to preserve our existing fellowship.
I knew from Bible prophecy that one day, Christians would face censorship and be forced underground. I’ve been making observations over the years, with each new piece of legislation, that it was coming. But it was always ‘someday.”
But somehow, that doesn’t cushion the shock of knowing that ‘someday’ has arrived.