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71st Anniversary: Roosevelt's Concentration Camps - by Gary North

• Lew Rockwell

The hard-core version is this: the U.S. government had several governments in South America round up Japanese residents, who were then shipped to the U.S. The government put them in concentration camps. These camps received no publicity. One of them was in Crystal City, Texas.

This was kidnapping, pure and simple.

This story is so horrifying that the history textbooks never mention it. You will see no show about it on the History Channel. 

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Comment by Ed Price
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Laws in America are different than the laws of ancient Israel. We don't have "stoning" laws in America. And we don't have capital punishment for cursing or striking parents in America.

Modern Christians don't have the right in the USA to re-institute stoning as capital punishment... at least not until they, along with all the other Americans, get the laws changed for it to be that way.

What Mr. North is missing is the OTHER point behind the idea of stoning. The point was the love of the people for their friends, parents for their children. Friends don't let friends drive drunk. Parents don't let their children get to the point where the kids curse the parents. Why not? Because of the love that they have for them.

The stoning law wasn't put in place mainly for getting rid of bad people. It was put in place so that friends and family WHO LOVED EACH OTHER wouldn't allow it to get to the point of stoning. This means that friends and parents used other things, like lots of communication, hugs, and some minor forms of punishment with each other, so that stoning never became the issue. There must have been many children in ancient Israel, who cursed their parents in private, in bitterness of temper tantrum, and the love of the parents for their children kept it from being reported, because they did not want to lose a son or daughter.

Communication and minor disciplinary punishments made for an extremely strong community and nation. Why? Because the LOVE was spread this way - communication and minor disciplinary punishments - love that said, "Please don't continue as you are doing. We love you. We will help you with whatever problems you are having. We don't want to see you die by stoning. But it looks like you are headed that direction. And how could we ever go on living without you."

However, if a person was obstinate, if a child couldn't be controlled by true love, THAT is the punishable offense.

Contrast this with America, where we have freedom of speech. In America, cursing people is something that is done right and left. And it is one of the flaws of the nation that is causing turmoil, and bringing weakness to the nation... all because we don't have capital punishment for children who curse their parents... all because we don't exercise our love.

Look deeper at the ancient laws. Look inside them and find that they were put in place for reasons of LOVE.
 

Comment by Mike Renzulli
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http://reason.com/archives/1998/11/01/invitation-to-a-stoning 

"So when Exodus 21:15-17 prescribes that cursing or striking a parent is to be punished by execution, that's fine with Gary North. "When people curse their parents, it unquestionably is a capital crime," he writes. "The integrity of the family must be maintained by the threat of death." Likewise with blasphemy, dealt with summarily in Leviticus 24:16: "And he that blasphemeth the name of the Lord, he shall surely be put to death, and all the congregation shall certainly stone him."

Reconstructionists provide the most enthusiastic constituency for stoning since the Taliban seized Kabul. "Why stoning?" asks North. "There are many reasons. First, the implements of execution are available to everyone at virtually no cost." Thrift and ubiquity aside, "executions are community projects--not with spectators who watch a professional executioner do `his' duty, but rather with actual participants." You might even say that like square dances or quilting bees, they represent the kind of hands-on neighborliness so often missed in this impersonal era. "That modern Christians never consider the possibility of the reintroduction of stoning for capital crimes," North continues, "indicates how thoroughly humanistic concepts of punishment have influenced the thinking of Christians." And he may be right about that last point, you know."


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