“As Christians, we cannot stand by and watch 67,000 of our neighbors walking through the gates of hell.”
This is the mission statement of “Repent Amarillo,” a new source of local controversy that is sparking debate all across Canyon and Amarillo.
The group is dedicated to cleansing Amarillo of pagan, sexual and homosexual affiliated businesses and events. Its web site lists a “spiritual mapping” of businesses they intend to target, including Planned Parenthood, the Route 66 Swingers’ Club, the Hindu Temple of Amarillo, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Polk Street United Methodist Church and many others.
The group is creating an outrage among many citizens of the Panhandle, some arguing the infringement of basic first amendment liberties, such as “prohibiting the free exercise [of religion]; or abridging the freedom of speech.”
Students are creating Facebook groups in protest of “Repent Amarillo,” such as “We the People” and “Freedom Amarillo.”
While many may be 100 percent behind the forces of “Repent Amarillo,” and others are shocked and appalled by the mere idea of the group, I would like to point out one quite simple observation: the ideology of “Repent Amarillo” is quite similar to the ideology of Adolf Hitler.
Not only is “Repent Amarillo” making a goal to shut down businesses with any “pagan” affiliation (much how the Nazi Regime began denying the Jewish people the right to own a business) their arguments are fundamentally the same: “Repent Amarillo” is attempting to purge the panhandle of what they deem sinful, in the name of God.
Adolf Hitler’s goal was the same, as illustrated by his following quotations, mostly taken from “Mein Kampf:”
“Hence today I believe that I am acting in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator… I am fighting for the work of the Lord.”
For this, to be sure, from the child’s primer down to the last newspaper, every theater and every movie house, every advertising pillar and every billboard, must be pressed into the service of this one great mission, until the timorous prayer of our present parlor patriots: Lord, make us free! …”
The anti-Semitism of the new [Christian Social] movement was based on religious ideas instead of racial knowledge.”
And though “Repent Amarillo” may not have an equivalent to Joseph Mengele, the group seems adamant about creating its own sort of Aryan race; a people caught under a blanket of religion that stifles instead of frees.
Just like the Spanish Inquisition, the Laramie incident, and the Holocaust, “Repent Amarillo” is telling the world that Christianity is not founded on love, but on hate and intolerance.
I find it quite ironic that the center of Christianity, Jesus Christ, was purportedly a friend of tax collectors and prostitutes, yet groups like this can do nothing but write any diversity off as strictly hell-bound.
Perhaps this is why Christianity is quickly beginning to be considered one of the largest hate groups in the world; and for a religion that is supposed to be based on love and redemption…c’mon, there’s definitely something wrong here.
“Repent Amarillo” advises you to call the Potter County District Attorney, Randall Sims’ office and make a complaint if you have are unhappy with any of the businesses they are attempting to shut down; I wonder if you can make a complaint to the D.A. about “Repent Amarillo” itself.