Eric Metaxas published BONHOEFFER PASTOR, MARTYR, PROPHET, SPY in 2010. The publisher is Thomas Nelson and the ISBN is 978-1-5955-5138-2. The following quote is lifted from page 155.

“In the spring of 1933, Bonhoeffer was declaring it the duty of the church to stand up for the Jews. This would have seemed radical to even staunch allies, especially since the Jews had not begun to suffer the horrors they would suffer in a few years. Bonhoeffer’s three conclusions — that the church must question the state, help the state’s victims, and work against the state, if necessary — were too much for almost everyone. But for him they were inescapable. In time he would do all three.”

Note: Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer a Lutheran pastor came from within the church in Germany. Where oh where are the Bonhoeffer’s in the mainline, status quo worship centers in the United States, in Georgia, in Atlanta, along the sanitized zone, on Peachtree Street? On October 28, 2010, a prominent church of a mainline denomination was subpoenaed by the City of Atlanta to answer questions UNDER OATH regarding its relinquishing financial support to homeless people. Where is Dietrich Bonhoeffer today? Is he in the Bible Colleges? Is he in the mosques? Is he in the Temples? Is he in the First Churpch? Where is he?

Bonhoeffer was executed on April 9, 1945, by Adolf Hitler.

The following quote is lifted from page 87 of Harvey Kaye’s, THOMAS PAINE AND THE PROMISE OF AMERICA, published by Hill and Wang, NY, ISBN 0 – 8090 – 9344 – 8.

“Paine had been led to write AGRARIAN JUSTICE by Bishop Richard Watson’s sermon “The Wisdom and Goodness of God, in having made both rich and poor,” which Watson had included in his reply to THE AGE OF REASON. “It is wrong to say God made both rich and poor,” Paine responded. “He made only male and female; and he gave them the earth for their inheritance.” Paine then held that since God had provided the land as a collective endowment for humanity, those who had come to possess the land as private property owed those who had been dispossessed of it — “on every principle of justice, of gratitude, and of civilization” — an annual ground rent. Specifically, he delineated a limited redistribution of income by way of tax on landed wealth and property.”

Note: It would be unfair to declare that Watson represents ALL bishops. It would be fair and accurate to say he represents MOST as well as their followers. Paine’s thinking is feared more today than when he lived and wrote. Thinking of the upcoming elections in the United States, it would be extremely difficult to underestimate the stupidity of the American voting public.

James Wilson Beaty
Jeremiah 22.16
October 16, 2010

The Open Door Community in Atlanta, under the leadership of Presbyterian ministers, husband and wife, Ed Loring and Murphy Davis, has defended the cause of the poor and needy for decades. Loring and Davis and their community at The Open Door have stood unflaggingly against the municipal chambers and the states’ death chambers. Again, they have rendered a service to the poor by publishing Professor Keating’s, “Central Atlanta ‘Progress’ Is Poor People’s Regress.” It appears in the September – October 2010 edition of HOSPITALITY, which is published 11 times a year. You can thank Ed and Murphy at http://www.opendoorcommunity.org. Their Editor’s note reads: Larry Keating is a Retired Professor in the City and Regional Planning Program at the Georgia Institute of Technologies’ College of Architecture. He is the author of, ATLANTA: RACE, CLASS AND URBAN EXPANSION, published in 2001.

The following excerpts are quoted verbatim from Keating’s article:

“For more than 50 years, CAP has pressed state and local governments to rid Atlanta’s core of low-income black people, whether residents, or consumers or businesses serving a low-income clientele.

“Observed David Wardell, vice president for operations and public safety at CAP: “The old ordinance allowed for a 7-by-10-foot space, basically a table. There were complaints about stands blocking the sidewalk and blocking the entrance to the MARTA stations.” According to GGP, the third-party “street vendor management program and contract arrangement” is the first instance of the corporatization of street merchants in the country.

“CAP’s influence on the Atlanta Housing Authority is well documented. The most succinct declaration is that of AHA Executive Director Renee Glover, a former corporate lawyer. Just after the Olympics, at a CAP-sponsored conference on downtown housing partnerships, Glover declared that public housing in general, and Techwood and Clark Howell Homes in particular, “have to be a part of the downtown agenda.”

“Five months after Billy Payne announced in November 1993 that Centennial Olympic Park would be built downtown, a still stunned Mayor Maynard Jackson recalled, ‘Well, I found out through the newspaper. Even though I am the city mayor, I found out through the newspaper.’

Declararing War on a Homeless Shelter

“An exception to this pattern is an ongoing fair housing lawsuit that lifts the veil on a collaborative effort by CAP, city officials and elements of the business community to crush a homeless shelter in an economically ambiguous area between downtown and Midtown.

“The Peachtree-Pine Street shelter, operated by the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless, is on Atlanta’s iconic Peachtree Street, three blocks south of the intensively developing Midtown office and entertainment district and one block north of the 10 lanes of the Downtown Connector, which forms the northern boundary of Atlanta’s original downtown. The land uses along these four blocks of Peachtree Street are traditional, including an old, vacant 12-story office building, one-and two-story partly occupied shops, a couple of trendy restaurants and Emory Midtown (formerly Crawford Long) Hospital. CAP has prepared several plans to try to redevelop at substantial public cost. Realistically, it will be a long, long time before new development is attracted here. With most recent development going to Buckhead and the northern suburbs, the area around the homeless shelter is at least a decade away from development pressures.

Nevertheless, CAP has sought to push the Task Force and shelter out of the area since they moved into the former Atlanta Ballet practice facility in 1997. It wants to replace the shelter with a much smaller 16-bed facility to the east, which would refer homeless people to a network of shelters far from downtown.

“Not all of the tactics and strategies CAP has used in its 13-year campaign against the homeless shelter are publicly accessible, but the task force’s lawsuit has revealed some of them. CAP has colluded with its members and city officials to:

+ Undermine both public and private funding for the Task Force.

+ Enlist the city’s main newspaper, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, in a propaganda campaign against the Task Force.

+ Attempt to purchase the shelter’s mortgage.

+ Orchastrate a third-party purchase and foreclosure by one of its members when the mortgage holder refused to sell.

“Any doubt about CAP’s intention to force the shelter off of Peachtree Street was eliminated by testimony under oath by CAP senior officials in their long depositions in the fair housing lawsuit.

“One of the officials deposed was Richard Orr, senior projects manager of communications and membership for CAP. In the deposition Steven Hall of the Baker Donelson LLP law firm asked Orr, “So the answer to my question is, yes, Central Atlanta Progress has tried to bring about the removal of the task force from its location at Peachtree and Pine?” And Orr responded, “yes.”

“In another deposition, CAP President A. J. Robinson admitted under intense questioning that the actions he had taken regarding the task force were based on his wanting supporters, donors and governments to stop funding the shelter. When pressed as to problems the shelter might present for the surrounding area, Robinson could cite no crime data, police reports or other empirical measures. Pressed further, he argued that the key was that African-Americans or “any ethnic group who are down on their luck in a public area or on the street in a great number, people aren’t going to feel safe.” Because shelter clients do not mass on the street, race and class have to be CAP’s trigger issues.

Pressuring the Prominent

“CAP worked politically to pursuade the Tri-Jurisdictional Commission not to fund the task force. The commission is the regional conduit whose approval is required before the task force and other agencies and nonprofit groups serving the homeless can receive federal funding. Almost all government funding for homelessness is federal. The commission cut the task force in 2008, which was observed as a notable occasion in a CAP email to its members.

“CAP also pressured prominent Atlantans who had donated to the task force. These targets included Dan Cathy, president of Chic-fil-a and son of the company’s founder, executives at Whole Foods Market; and B Wardlaw of the Gertrude and William Wardlaw Fund, whose $1.4 million donation enabled the task force to purchase its interest in the Peachtree-Pine building in 1997. The effort to dissuade Cathy culminated in a meeting on July 3, 2007, in which Robinson, Orr and a bevy of other powerful business leaders evidently succeeded in pursuading Cathy to limit his support. The efforts to undermine private support for the task force even extended to lobbying other clients of task force lawyers to disparage the lawyers’ representation of the group.

“But the worst tactics have involved both overt and secret attempts to foreclose on the task force’s mortgage on the Peachtree-Pine building. The mortgage, from Mercy Housing, is for approximately $400,000. CAP set up a coorporate entity called “477 Peachtree” to use to purchase the note, had prestigious Atlanta law firm Troutman Sanders draw up a 25-page sale agreement, and at the beginning of 2009 approached Mercy Housing about buying the mortgage. But Mercy Housing said no.

“CAP then recruited one of its members, Manny Fialkow, to purchase the note. He was able to do so, and he then foreclosed on the task force. At this writing, the task force’s threat to include Fialkow in the fairhousing lawsuit and court action has suspended the foreclosure.

“Obviously the long fight between CAP and the task force is not over. The task force is seeking triple damages, and CAP wants to put the task force off of Peachtree Street and out of business. Stay tuned.

Note: Larry Keating has captured CAP’s history of hatred against poor people. This article from the scholarly Keating reveals these charlatans to be the cobras that they are. Our thanks to The Open Door and to Larry Keating for telling the naked truth.

James Wilson Beaty
Jeremiah 22.16
October 15, 2010

The Days Are Surely Coming

October 13, 2010

Jeremiah 31:31-35

from the New Revised Standard Version

The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancesters when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt – – a covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, says the Lord. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, “Know the Lord,” for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.

James Wilson Beaty
Jeremiah 22.16
October 13. 2010

Cobras Everywhere!

October 13, 2010

Chuck Steffen read me an Indian proverb. It goes like this. “The cobra will bite you whether you call it cobra or Mr. Cobra.”

Good night, Mr.Fialkow! Good night, Mr. A. J. Robinson! Good night, Mr. Orr! Good night, Mr. Walker! Good night, Mr. Williams! Good night, Mr. Biswax! Good night, Mr. Hardin! Good night, Mr. Sibley! Good night, Mr. Smith! Good night, Mr. Terrill! Good night, Messrs. Hunter! (boff of you) Good night, Mr. Starnes! Good night, Mr. TEAM GOLIATH!

James Wilson Beaty
Jeremiah 22.16
October 13, 2010

Adolf Hitler’s “principalities and powers” executed Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer at dawn on April 9, 1945. While in the Tegel military prison in Berlin in 1943-44, where he spent one Christmas, Bonhoeffer wrote the poem, “Who Am I?”

Who am I? They often tell me
I stepped from my cell’s confinement
Calmly, cheerfully, firmly,
Like a squire from his country-house.
Who am I? They often tell me
I used to speak to my warders
Freely and calmly and clearly,
As though it were mine to command.
Who am I? They also tell me
I bore the days of misfortune
Equally, smilingly, proudly,
Like one accustomed to win.

Am I then really all that which other men tell of?
Or am I only what I myself know of myself?
Restless and longing and sick, like a bird in a cage,
Struggling for breath, as though hands were
compressing my throat,
Yearning for colors, for flowers, for the voices of birds,
Thirsting for words of kindness,for neighborliness,
Tossing in expectation of great events,
Powerlessly trembling for friends at an infinite distance,
Weary and empty at praying, at thinking, at making,
Faint, and ready to say farewell to it all?

Who am I? This or the other?
Am I one person today and tomorrow another?
Am I both at once? A hypocrite before others,
And before myself a contemptibly woebegone weaklig?
Or is something within me still like a beaten army,
Fleeing in disorder from victory already achieved?
Who am I? They mock me, these lonely questions of mine.
Whoever I am, Thou knowest, O God, I am Thine!

The Flossenburg doctor who witnessed Bonhoeffer’s death wrote, “In the almost fifty years that I worked as a doctor, I have hardly ever seen a man die so entirely submissive to the will of God.”

James Wilson Beaty
Jeremiah 22.16
October 3, 2010