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That Knock on the Door in the Middle of the Night

May 28, 2014

One of the most frightening and characteristic features of a police state is the terrible occurrence of being woken in the middle of the night by state security forces. Whether it was Nazi Germany, Soviet Russia, or Mao’s China, this was an ever-present reality and fear for many millions of ordinary citizens.

No one was safe. At any time the police forces could be at your door, and the next thing you know you are dragged off by the authorities, often never to be seen again. And usually absolutely no crime was committed – it is just that the state saw you as a threat to their existence.

door knockOf course millions of people were rounded up in such totalitarian societies, and millions were killed. Individual dignity, humanity and freedom meant nothing to these ugly statists. Only the good of the Fatherland or the New Man or the utopian state or whatever mattered.

We soon will celebrate the 70th anniversary of D-Day, in which brave lads from the free world sacrificed their lives to put an end to such tyranny and injustice. The horrible reality of Nazi Germany had to be resisted, and countless lives were lost to keep the world free of such evil.

But the almost unthinkable is now happening: the once free world is well on its way to becoming another police state. Even though so many lives were lost and so much blood was shed seven decades ago, it seems that we have not learned the lessons of history.

Instead, we are simply repeating its mistakes. I have been warning for decades now – to mostly deaf ears unfortunately – that we in the West are headed in a very precarious direction. But the loss of freedoms and the restriction of our liberties are not happening overtly, but covertly.

And the means by which democracy is slowly but surely disappearing are very sneaky, incremental, and piece-meal. We don’t even know it is happening. Indeed, it is often occurring through what seems to be all rather sensible and necessary legislation.

Thus we have things like anti-discrimination laws; equal opportunity legislation; racial and religious vilification acts; and so-called hate speech laws springing up everywhere in the West. Again, they sound like they might be useful things to have, but they are mostly nefarious laws which are mainly aimed at silencing unpopular people with unpopular opinions.

The forces of political correctness – most notably the radical homosexual lobby and the Islamic lobby – have used these laws to silence all opposition to their causes. My new book will document hundreds of examples of this happening at the hands of the radical homosexualists.

Indeed, my recent time in Europe and England greatly alarmed me. The iron fist of the homosexual juggernaut is utterly frightening to behold. The ordinary citizen seems to be quite powerless to resist it in any way. Any faulty (non-PC) thought or speech is quickly and mercilessly pounced upon by the militant homosexual activists and their stooges in the state apparatus.

I spoke with many brave Christian resistance fighters while there. Some of them are right in the middle of long, drawn-out and expensive legal battles with the ‘tolerance brigade’. These groups endlessly scream about tolerance and diversity, yet show absolutely no tolerance to anyone who dares to disagree with them.

And they are using the heavy hand of the law to make sure that everyone complies with their dreams for a brave new world. Western legislatures are jumping in the bed with the activists, doing their every bidding it seems. It is a very scary place to be in at the moment.

As a clear indication of all this, just moments ago I received this shocking and concerning email from one of these folks I had just met in the UK. This brave soul said this:

Dear all. The police just came around to my house with an anonymous complaint made about my online activities. They warned me that “homophobia” is a criminal offence. I said, “What about freedom of speech?” They said, “Complaints have been made.” I said, “Who made them?” They said, “We don’t know, they come from another police force in another area.” I pointed out to them that I get abuse and death threats all the time and even showed them on Facebook, but they were not interested. They said “This is a warning.” So what is the next step? The knock on the door in the middle of the night?

This courageous defender of biblical truth is exactly right of course. That knock on the door in the middle of the night certainly seems to be just around the corner. The militants have so established themselves and their agenda, that no one is safe who dares to take a different point of view.

We are all at risk now. Of course some people will not suffer in the least. Those cowardly and compromised Christians who urge us to just get along with, and accommodate ourselves to, the homosexual agenda, or the creeping sharia agenda, will not be in any trouble.

Their craven appeasement and capitulation will put them in good standing with the activists – at least temporarily. But when these militants really get into power, especially the Islamists, the first ones to lose their heads will be these “useful idiots,” as Lenin referred to them.

Friends, we are in a war. Every day the other side is getting further emboldened to carry out their fascist agendas. And all the while, most Christians are snoozing right through all this. They don’t seem to know and they don’t seem to care. And they have blood on their hands as a result.

Let me close with three words which came out of that great conflict between the Nazis and freedom. The first quote by Martin Niemoller, German pastor and Holocaust survivor, is well known:

In Germany they came first for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up.

The second speaks for itself:

I lived in Germany during the Nazi Holocaust. I considered myself a Christian. We heard stories of what was happening to the Jews, but we tried to distance ourselves from it, because, what could anyone do to stop it? A railroad track ran behind our small church and each Sunday morning we could hear the whistle in the distance and then the wheels coming over the tracks.
We became disturbed when we heard the cries coming from the train as it passed by. We realized that it was carrying Jews like cattle in the cars! Week after week the whistle would blow. We dreaded to hear the sound of those wheels because we knew that we could hear the cries of the Jews en route to a death camp. Their screams tormented us.
We knew the time the train was coming and when we heard the whistle blow we began singing hymns. By the time the train came past our church we were singing at the top of our voices. If we heard the screams, we sang more loudly and soon we heard them no more. Years have passed and no one talks about it anymore. But I still hear that train whistle in my sleep. God forgive me; forgive all of us who called ourselves Christians yet did nothing to intervene.

Finally, the words of the Lutheran pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer who died in a Nazi prison camp: “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”

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16 Responses to That Knock on the Door in the Middle of the Night

  • I am amazed but not surprised that the police are deployed to carry out such policing. More and more jobs will require us to toe the line and do what we’re told. I pity a Christian Police Officer forced to be the one to arrest someone for “homophobic activities”.
    http://www.cps.gov.uk/legal/h_to_k/homophobic_and_transphobic_hate_crime/

  • It always makes me wonder just what kind of evil has to take place in England before folk wake up and start fighting. On the political front, things have gotten underway to some extent; but on the moral front it’s still a long haul. There is a tendency here (and no doubt elsewhere) for people to just carry on regardless of social degeneration, “as long as it doesn’t affect me and my life, I don’t care”. The complacency is astounding.

  • HI Chris,

    You actually hit the nail right on the noggin my friend, “as long as It doesn’t affect me and my life, I don’t care”. That is EXACTLY the problem.

    I remember reading that after WW2, the allied soldiers dragged villagers to the remain dumping areas of the death camps, then asked the people why they did not notice anything. They came up with every excuse under the sun to explain why they “knew nothing”, “didn’t realise it was that bad”, thought the sticky, smelly, oily ash clogging up their homes sticking and smelling up their clothing was “just an unusual fuel being used to keep the camps warm”.

    As individuals people are massively intelligent and wise, but when you group them together they take on the herd mentality and leave their brains behind. This is what fascists rely upon to take control, which is why they use simple slogans repeated again and again. That and fear of the knock on the door and disappearances.

    Neil Waldron.

  • I am SO glad that I’m nearly dead, 59. We MUST get our young to turn their faces to Jesus Christ! He is OUR LORD and Saviour.

  • Yes, and thanks for the renewed warning Bill. Your reported scenario of a critic of homosexuality is horrific, and should itself ring alarm bells all over the UK, and especially for Christians. (but, because of the secretive nature of police action these days this incident and many others would not necessarily reach the media).

    It stresses the need for Christians to be at the forefront of the fight for civil liberty and religious freedom, including full freedom of speech and opinions.
    The “knock on the door” could well come about almost anywhere in the UK for those who dare to speak out about the evil of homosexual ideology, in the form of a European Arrest Warrant.
    This is an instrument of EU totalitarianism adopted by a “conservative” British government by which a British subject can be arbitrarily arrested anywhere in the EU member states for what may not be crimes in the UK, or indeed for the most trivial of reasons.
    Gone is the presumption of innocence unless proved guilty in a court of law. Gone is habeas corpus (the uniquely British requirement to hold a person under arrest for a set period only, then charge via a magistrate, or release) – once the central pillar of justice under the Magna Carta for centuries.
    Such a person can languish in a foreign gaol for months, without being formally charged, so is “punished” before guilt is established. Indeed many Brits have already experienced this travesty of justice.
    Under the regime of the European Union the police state is already well advanced in the UK.
    Fortunately the rise of UKIP (UK Independence Party) with astonishing results in the recent ‘Euro’ elections gives rise for hope that such gross injustices may yet be reversed.

    Certainly Christians should hope and specifically pray that God will overrule current political movements so that true justice and the restoration of freedom is the norm once again.

  • I have been visited by the police three times.
    How soon before we see scenes like this in Britain? – Except that the sign hanging around our necks will be “I am a homophobic and islamophobic swine”:

    http://www.yadvashem.org/yv/en/exhibitions/our_collections/siegel/index.asp

    David Skinner, UK

  • David, what were the nature of your 3 visits from police?

  • There is course the other knock in the middle of the night, the paedophile predator coming to satiate his lust on young flesh.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2640575/Depraved-babysitter-handed-three-year-old-boy-care-sex-offender-drugged-raped-filming-attacks.html

    David Skinner UK

  • Speaking of gaystapo compliance – The other day I was at a St George bank auto-teller when they splashed a pro-homosexual advertisement (the usual propaganda about “homophobia” blah blah blah). Later, while Googling for an alternative place to keep my money, I found all the big Aussie banks tripping over each other to be poster boys for the gaystapo…
    http://www.prideindiversity.com.au/awei/
    The banksters, of course, are not known for their moral discernment – Goldman Sachs was the winner for 2013, say no more.
    So – are there any banks left standing? Anyone?

  • Thanks Bill. This is a sad fact: “….Indeed, it is often occurring through what seems to be all rather sensible and necessary legislation…”.

  • Hi Bill, you wrote: “My new book will document hundreds of examples…”

    You have been saying this a lot. When exactly will this new book be available? I’m sure I have asked before and you said Dec 2013.

    It’s just I am impatient to read this next book of yours.

    Matt Patchon

  • Bill, a very sad thing about your article is that many so-called intellectuals who may read what you have written above will actually ignore it out of hand. The reason is a silly online ‘argument’ called ‘Godwin’s Law’, which isn’t really a law at all, merely an observation of people engaging too readily in hyperbole.

    “”As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1″—? that is, if an online discussion (regardless of topic or scope) goes on long enough, sooner or later someone will compare someone or something to Hitler or Nazism.”

    But the unfortunate result of this is that all lessons of the Nazi years in Germany are now routinely dismissed as a ‘breach’ of this – and the irony is that this observation has itself become a tool to further drive the lessons from that era away. It makes that famous quote from George Santayana doubly chilling:

    “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

    We actually have a situation now where some people think they are upholding the lessons from Nazism – by ignoring all lessons from Nazism!

    As a child of two German parents who grew up in that place and time (mum was 10 when WW2 started, dad 13), has seen various important family locations, documents and photos, and visited relatives and family friends still living and some of the official memorials like Auschwitz and Yad Vashem in Jerusalem – I find this trend deeply alarming.

    I can even recall mum telling me of the Confessing Church pastor who confimed her being dragged off three times and her parents getting a knock on the door after being reported by local busybodies for not displaying the Nazi flag prominently enough in the window of their house.

    I’ve also been to Dachau just outside Munich – something that was pointed out by the political science graduate I paid to take me through it was that this very first concentration camp was not opened with any intention of killing people whatsoever – merely to silence political dissent alone and remove those people from public discourse. But not even ten years later, the ovens were in operation for a much wider range of people who didn’t suit the regime’s ideology. Dead people are a really efficient way to silence dissent, after all.

    So we already know where criminalising speech leads to. It always amazes me that those who think that any restriction on free speech is a good thing – they never think to apply it to their own freedom! And I can’t believe how many people are effectively sleeping through this stuff, hoping it will go away and that by playing nice they will avoid it. What they do not seem to appreciate is that this cannot end well if it is not actively halted and reversed. For me personally, with my family’s history, at the very least I feel compelled to honour their experiences by not sitting back as similar poltical mistakes are made.

    “An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile – hoping it will eat him last” – Winston Churchill

    But the great man also said this:

    ““Never give in, never give in, never; never; never; never – in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense”

    To me that echoes Jesus, who ended each of the letters to the seven churches in Revelation 2 & 3 extolling believers to overcome in the face of various trials and tests. The good thing is we already know the ending of all this. God will have the absolute last say on everything.

  • Graham Cumming in answer to your question:
     
    An Anglican School for children between the ages of 4 and 11 years was having a consultation for parents on material for teaching sex education. I telephoned the school to say that I knew a great deal about this, having heard the agenda of Schools Out a homosexual lobby group for children right across the UK. I explained that I work for a number of Christian organisations and pressure groups. I also explained that I was an ex-teacher. The very next day I had a visit from the local police, asking why I was imposing my Christian values on an Anglican School.
    Even though I gave the policeman a crash course in gay propaganda, I felt troubled in case I had gone onto a register. This nagging anxiety only disappeared after I had telephoned the police to confirm that this was not the case. I call this soft or low level police intimidation.

    The other experiences I cannot talk about yet because they involve an on going  court case.

    This is minor stuff compared with the experience of others but we are dealing with a police force that has now been appropriated by the gaystapo and whose job is intimidate and silence the public using a range of methods from low level intimidation to kidnap and wrongful arrest. They have become a law unto themselves.
    Stonewall the gay organisation that has our country in its thrall has published a Work Place Equality index on which it displays the top 100 organisations who each pay at least £2000 per year (of public money in some cases) to be on the list. To be on it an organisation has to demonstrate how it is advancing the gains of the LGBTs and what it is doing to silence any dissent. One wonders what they have to do be at No 1?

    Just have a little look at this lot and you will see that the Home Office, the MI5, umpteen police forces, including the Crown Prosecution Service are all fully paid up members of Stonewall. What hope and confidence can the public have in receiving justice in any case involving a homosexual. The homosexual wins hands down every time.

    http://www.stonewall.org.uk/at_work/stonewall_top_100_employers/default.asp.

    And what about this? Core Assets is a group that acquires children for queers to foster.

    David Skinner UK
     

  • Ivan Tipp 28.5.14 / 9pm

    I am SO glad that I’m nearly dead, 59. We MUST get our young to turn their faces to Jesus Christ! He is OUR LORD and Saviour.

    Please Ivan, I am 61, and I am NOT glad of my age – so much of my life wasted fiddling around the edges of Christian life.

    I may have less than 20 years left to make my life count for eternity.

  • Dear Bill,

    It looks as if you learned a lot whilst you were away in England and Europe and thanks for passing on your interesting observations to us.

    I too was in Europe last October and stayed with my sister in England for one week so I didn’t have much time. However, I did learn a little about how ordinary people like my sister feel about the way English society is changing and not for the better. She is a good person but I am sorry to say that she still harbours the narrow minded and old fashioned distrust of Catholics inherited from our mother which is a legacy of the Reformation period. This attitude is still common amongst many older, unchurched English people who are nominally Protestant or Methodist.Typically my sister does not actively practise any Christian faith but she still insists that she is Primitive Methodist the religion I was also brought up in before I converted to Catholicism at 18 years of age. I am only mentioning this because these attitudes were rampant at the time of my conversion in England and certainly her attitude has never changed. Moreover it is still prevalent amongst many older English people brought up in the thirties,forties and fifties who lived at a time when the idea of England as the “Mother of the Free” was fostered and Christianity was still widely practised

    As she has never shown the slightest bit of interest or concern in what I broadly call ‘LIfe’ issues I was surprised when she started talking about the LIVERPOOL PATHWAY.To my knowledge she has never been active in any pro life movement or talked about the millions of abortions performed in Britain probably believing that it was of particular interest for Catholics ‘because as my mother once put it ‘they have a lot of kids’ and because Pope John Paul 2 focused on it throughout his Papacy.Neither would she have thought about the effect it has had on the ageing of the population contributing to the massive cost of looking after the elderly in the 21st century. Therefore, I was surprised when she began to tell me about what she termed as the LIVERPOOL PATHWAY which is what the old and sick end up on when they go into hospital in the UK.From what I could gather there must be a covert policy of euthanasia in UK hospitals where there is no intention of spending billions on treatment keeping the elderly alive so they just let them die. Obviously,some who could have survived with appropriate treatment have become victims of this policy and been reported on by the media.Having an immature Christian faith learned as a child plus being elderly it seemed to me that she had a genuine fear and distrust of becoming sick and having to go in hospital. I would say that her fear is not unfounded and would be shared by many older English people. At the very least I got the impression that she didn’t have much confidence in the way the UK hospitals treat their elderly.

    Did you get an impression about this Bill as I think you mentioned in another article you met with Pro-Life groups who would know what was really going on over there?

  • Hi Bill
    Horrifying to hear how those who are standing up for truth in the U.K. are the ones who are experiencing threats and intimidation from those who have sworn to uphold the truth. Go Figure!
    Unfortunately, the U.N. is not focusing on these two areas alone, but has a plan to attack and disorientate people to passively accept their ungodly schemes.
    One thing which is affecting more and more people, particularly in Victoria, is the installation of Smart Electricity Meters. Many are complaining of health issues as a result of the rollout of these meters. The pulsed microwave radiation which these meters use to transmit data cause nausea, brain fog, muscle fatigue, memory loss; in short, many of the things which would be necessary to dumb down the population to accept the U.N.’s foul agenda.
    Go to smartmeters.com to find out more.
    Vic Trudeau

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