Homeland Security surveillance detected on Christian website
Posted: July 30, 2011 10:00 pm Eastern
By Bob Unruh © 2011 WND
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has begun watching a blog posted by a Christian who was forced to flee Brazil because of the conflict between that nation’s pro-homosexual “hate crimes” agenda and his advocacy for traditional marriage.
Exactly why the U.S. government, which several times has linked Christians and conservatives with terrorism, is watching Julio Severo’s unabashedly Christian Last Days Watchman blog isn’t clear.
A WND request to the DHS for comment did not generate a response.
The website’s records reveal the DHS visited the site yesterday. A different computer, also at the DHS, was on the site again today. WND reported in 2009, shortly after Obama took office, that a Department of Homeland Security report warned of the possibility of violence by unnamed “right-wing extremists” – people concerned about illegal immigration, increasing federal power, restrictions on firearms, abortion and the loss of U.S. sovereignty. The report pointed to returning war veterans as particular threats. The visit yesterday was revealed in a website tracking report:
The visit today was documented in another report:
Severo was profiled earlier on WND when as a prominent pro-family activist in Brazil, he was forced into exile because of the “hate crimes” laws in his land. Several prominent Christian leaders in America at the time warned that similar crackdowns could be coming in the U.S. because of the federal “hate crimes” bill signed by Obama shortly after he took office. That law enhances penalties based on the thoughts of the person suspected of committing a crime.
Pastor Rick Scarborough of Vision America Action and Mathew Staver of Liberty Counsel voiced their opposition to the law at the time. While there has not yet been a large-scale crackdown on pastors who preach against homosexuality, there are indicators that such developments could be in the offing.
Obama’s lifting of the ban on homosexuals in the military, for example, has raised questions about the status of military chaplains who teach a biblical perspective of homosexuality.
At the time of his exile, Severo told WND that while Brazil does not criminalize Christianity, it regulates what biblical principles can and cannot be preached, and it bans biblical citations that disapprove of the homosexual lifestyle.
“Brazil grants freedom to preach Christianity, provided that the sermons avoid negative mentions of state-protected behaviors and cultural trends,” Severo said at the time. “The Brazilian government is establishing more and more categories of protected behaviors, banning negative mentions. So Brazilian preachers need to get updated on the latest political changes and preach a Gospel according to the state interests.”
He cited an example of Brazil’s restrictions.
“In Rio, a Pentecostal minister led a criminal to Jesus and convinced him to deliver himself to police. Rev. Isaías da Silva Andrade accompanied the former criminal to police and when they asked how his life had been changed, the minister answered that the former criminal lived under the influence of demons from Afro-Brazilian religions which inspired him to criminal conduct, but now he found salvation in Jesus. Because of this innocent account, Rev. Andrade is now being prosecuted for discrimination against the Afro-Brazilian ‘culture’! If condemned, he will serve between two and five years in jail,” Severo said.The whole story: Homeland Security surveillance detected on Christian website
I’ve said it a thousand times, and I’ll keep saying it... when it becomes a crime to bash Obozo, they’ll throw me so far back in (and UNDER) prison, they’re gonna have to pipe me daylight!
(I keep checking my Sitemeter, but no luck... so far.)