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Christian Author On Trial Part 4

NEWS Report – 4 of 4

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Suggestion: Before reading Part 4, please read Parts 1, 2 & 3 for background information. The scenario presented is fictitious, but could something similar happen in the near future?

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JURY REACHES VERDICT

This is Mike Jones reporting to you live from outside the courthouse in Washington with the fourth and final report on the NAG vs Christian Author trial. The jury of four Believers and eight nonBelievers delivered their final verdict today.

This trial began four months ago when a group called nonBelievers Against God (NAG) joined forces with the Justice Department in efforts to remove all references to God in America. They charged Christian author Tom Tatum on two counts:

Count One: Writing books that support the concept of God’s existence

Count Two: Conspiracy to keep God in America

The twelve jurors returned to the courtroom today after deliberating for three days. When the judge asked the foreman if the jury had reached a final verdict, you could have heard a pin drop as Believers and nonBelievers anxiously awaited his response.

The foreman appeared confident as he stood, cleared his throat, and replied, “Your Honor, we have reached a verdict on both counts.”

The bailiff handed the jury’s verdict form to the judge who read, “As to Count One: Writing books that support the concept of God’s existence, how do you find the defendant?”

“We, the jury, unanimously find the defendant guilty.”

The courtroom erupted with cheers of victory from the NAG members who were present. Those who support Mr. Tatum were shocked by the verdict and lowered their heads in disappointment. The judge banged his gavel to restore order and continued reading from the verdict form.

“As to Count Two: Conspiring to keep America a nation under God, how do you find the defendant?”

“We, the jury, unanimously find the defendant not guilty. Your Honor, please note that our verdict for Count One is based completely on a caveat that this court must execute if the verdict is to be considered final. Otherwise, this jury asks the court for more time to continue our deliberations.”

Murmurs filled the air of the courtroom in anticipation of what was likely to follow. Again, the judge called for silence and asked the foreman to explain the jury’s position.

“Your Honor, the caveat attached to our guilty verdict for Count One is in the form of a request. Unlike the punishment the prosecutor demanded this court impose on Mr. Tatum, this jury unanimously requests that you set Mr. Tatum free and reward him by making his book available to every person in America. We think everyone should have the opportunity to read his story, and that includes ALL nonBelievers who choose to do so—nonBelievers are the very individuals who need to read it most. We also hope every person in the world has an opportunity to read Mr. Tatum’s inspiring story.”

The judge seemed amused by the jury’s unorthodox request and remained silent for a several minutes. His silence seemed to last for hours as everyone in the courtroom awaited his response.

I must admit to you that in my thirty years of service as a judge, this is the first time I’ve ever had a jury make such an unusual request. The twelve of you found the defendant guilty, yet you seek to reward rather than punish him. Please tell this court why you are making such a request.”

Without hesitation the foreman responded, “Your Honor, during the course of this trial, all members of this jury started having doubts about the Justice Department’s motives for supporting the NAG organization. It didn’t make sense to us that our government was attacking the Constitutional rights of those who choose to believe in God. As a nonbeliever and American citizen myself, I do not want the government restricting any of my rights, nor do I want the rights of Christians to be restricted because their views are simply different from mine. I respect the rights of ALL citizens to express themselves without fear of “big government” reprisals.

“Furthermore, each juror took the opportunity to read Mr. Tatum’s book during the long holiday break and realized the prosecution’s case had many flaws. The prosecutor was not being truthful with his statements and attempted to mislead us. The demon in this courtroom is not Mr. Tatum—the true demons are NAG followers, our government leaders, and the attorneys who accepted and chose to bring this case to trial.”

DevilThe prosecutor’s faced turned as red as the stripes on the American flag as he jumped to his feet shouting, Your Honor, I object to you allowing the foreman to speak in this manner! This is highly irregular! I demand you strike the foreman’s comments from the record and force him to sit down and remain silent! This court must punish Mr. Tatum in the manner I stated.”

“Mr. Habeeb, your objections are duly noted, but you are not in charge of this court. Now, please sit down before I have you removed from this courtroom. The foreman is making more sense than anything presented thus far from the prosecutor’s side during the course of this trial. This court should be allowed to hear what the foreman has to say. Please proceed with your statement, Mr. Foreman,” replied the judge.

The prosecutor reluctantly sat down, but it was obvious he disagreed with the judge’s remarks. The foreman then continued with his statement.

Thank you, Your Honor. As I was saying before being rudely interrupted, “Mr. Tatum is guilty of writing about God, but he has every right to do so. No court should deny his right to write about his beliefs. Yes, I am the spokesperson for this jury, but my comments are the thoughts composed by all members of this jury. With that said, we all feel that America was created as a nation of God—the founding fathers were wise enough to create documents that were supposed to prevent trials such as this one. Nowhere in the Constitution or the Declaration of Independence do the words, ‘separation of church and state’ exist. Those words originated in an 1802 letter from Thomas Jefferson to the Baptist Association of Danbury, Connecticut. They were in Jefferson’s written response to an inquiry addressed to him about Connecticut’s law being oppressive to their religion.

“Jefferson’s statement was, ‘I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should make no law regarding an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, thus building a wall of separation between Church and State.

Constitution“The wall is to protect citizens from government intervention. The Constitution of the United States denies the federal government the ability to interfere with the religious rights of ALL the people for which it was written. The words ‘separation of church and state’ is not a legal decree. It’s simply a talking-point phrase promoted by the biased media, nonbelievers, and others who are ill informed about the law in order to support their efforts to remove God from America, willfully persecute Christians and all who believe in God. Anyone who understands our Constitution knows the government is over-stepping its bounds in this regard, and the biased media ecstatically supports their efforts. America’s foundation supports a nation of God and she should remain such. We want America to continue to be a great place to live—the land of the free and the home of the brave, with liberty and justice for all. May God continue to Bless America!”

The judge smiled, stood, and started applauding, as did all those in the courtroom. The judged thanked the foreman for his well-informed history lesson and said, “This court agrees with your statement, and I hereby grant your request to reward rather than punish Mr. Tatum.”

The judge wrinkled his brow and looked toward Mr. Habeeb as if awaiting a vigorous response. When the prosecutor said nothing, the judge dismissed the jurors and banged his gavel to end the trial. The fuming prosecutor and his NAG assistants stormed out of the courtroom. The silence in the room erupted into cheers as everyone in the courtroom started singing God Bless America

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Gretchen, I interviewed two of the jurors off camera, both nonBelievers, and asked if their views about God had changed during the trial or if it was more about first amendment rights. Both said it was more about rights, but they now have more tolerance for Christians and all Believers. They said the story and statements made by the defense attorney in his closing arguments were very compelling. However, they acknowledged they had a long way to go before they could say they were Believers. It appears Tatum’s story and this trial had a few twists that NAG and the Justice Department didn’t anticipate. Both jurors also suggested that everyone should read Tatum’s book before rejecting God.

I also managed to talk to Matthew Jackson, the defense attorney. He said, “I am pleased the jury found Mr. Tatum guilty on count one and applaud their suggested reward. This jury of four Believers and eight nonBelievers sent a powerful message to the government and NAG’s who wish to delete all references to God. AMERICA IS A NATION OF GOD!

“Satan and his evil followers lost a small battle in this courtroom today, but his efforts to win the war will certainly continue. He will always tempt people to follow him, and it is unfortunate that most of them have no idea what is happening. Their beliefs about life and morality are leading America on a path toward destruction.

“I pray that this is the beginning of turning the evil tide that flows against Believers and serves to start spreading tolerance for God throughout America? It could very well be, but only if all Christians and Believers start raising their voices in harmony by taking a stand for their beliefs and becoming proactive in the war to sustain individual rights. Believers must start speaking out against the direction nonBelievers are taking America and help reverse the trend before it is too late. The ‘Devil’ has already taken prayer out of schools—Merry Christmas is now Happy Holidays—nativity scenes, Ten Commandments, and other religious symbols can no longer be displayed on public grounds. The list of efforts to remove God from our nation continues to grow. All these things happened while Christians and Believers silently did nothing to stop the insanity. Join the effort to HELP KEEP AMERICA A NATION OF GOD. Flood all elected government leaders with demands for them to wake up and fight the evil. Don’t stop until they take appropriate action. It’s time to Wake Up America!

Gretchen, I also asked Mr. Jackson about the story he shared in his closing arguments, and if he had any regrets about being a Christian. Listen to his response.

“Regrets? Yes, I have one. I regret that I wasted so many years of my life before RaysI finally saw the ‘light’ that reflected off a tiny glass in the desert. You see—the Christian who survived the desert experience with me was Mr. Tatum. It was long before he wrote his book. God placed Mr. Tatum in my life and he helped me find the Lord. Having the opportunity to represent him in this trial was a blessing for me, and is evidence that God truly does work in mysterious ways. I am proud to call myself a Christian.”

This has been Mike Jones reporting live from Washington. Now, let’s go back to Gretchen in the studio.

Thanks for your reports on the trial, Mike. I bet that verdict surprised many folks out there. It’s going to be interesting to see what happens in the future. Folks, I understand you can obtain a copy of Tatum’s book If Tigers Were Angels: With God, All Things Are Possible from most online bookstores. Check it out and let us know what you think about the book and the trial. Now, stay tuned to ATILBnews with Barry Brown. I’m Gretchen Jones wishing you a great day. God Bless America!

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Tom Tatum – 2015

Author of faith-based novels

(1) If Tigers Were Angels: With God, All Things Are Possible

(2) On Green Diamonds: Pursuing a Dream

Twitter: @TomTatumAuthor LinkedIn: TomTatum1

Facebook page: Tom Tatum novels

Author page: http://www.amazon.com/author/tomtatum

Blog: http://www.atimeinlife.wordpress.com

Christian Author On Trial Part 2

News Report – 2 of 4

Suggestion: Before reading Part 2, I suggest you read Part 1 for background information about the trial. The scenario presented is fictitious, but is it possible something similar could actually happen? It’s a question worth pondering even though NO human possesses the wisdom to know the answer…

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CLOSING ARGUMENTS – PROSECUTOR

This is Mike Jones of ATILBnews reporting live from outside the courthouse in Washington with my second report on the NAG vs Christian Author trial. The prosecutor presented his closing arguments today to a crowded courtroom. I’ll provide comments prior to sharing each of the recorded segments of his arguments.

The prosecutor appeared confident and in somewhat of a celebratory mood as he approached the jury saying, “I am confident eight of you on this jury support the things I have said. You want to remove God from America just as much as I do. My task was to convince four others to see things as I do. I am confident I have made great progress because I think you are too intelligent to fall for Mr. Tatum’s cleverly constructed propaganda about the existence of God. You were once a Believer, but now you are questioning God’s existence. This trial has helped you see things differently.

I don’t want you to be fooled by the humble demeanor Mr. Tatum presented to you during the course of this trial. He is a cunning storyteller of pure fiction who leads readers astray with tall tales that are filled with deception and hidden messages. By Tatum’s own admission, he wanted to open new doors of enlightenment for readers—and he certainly did that! Unfortunately, those doors lead foolish readers to a fictitious entity called God.

“Let me remind you what Tatum’s book does. It exposes readers to a young, impressionable boy, who supposedly had strange encounters with mindless bugs, which the boy called Tigers. Tatum would even have you believe this boy received divine messages from God through these bugs—messages that only the boy could understand. Tatum further wrote that a fifty-year-old neighbor witnessed the boy’s unusual reactions to these critters. He tells the reader the old man was living with regrets for having ignored his family in favor of his career. What’s the big deal with that? Isn’t that what family breadwinners are supposed to do—work hard! A successful career naturally leaves little time to spend with family. Breadwinners have things to do that are far more important than dealing with trivial family matters.

Tatum actually made this poor guy feel guilty about his life—made him think he had to seek redemption for his past. Tatum had this old man travel on a journey he should never have had to experience. Based on the details I’ve exposed throughout this trial about Tatum and his story, I’m sure you know his book is nothing more than a pile Christian propaganda. You know things like work and career are far more important than family or the little things in life—that’s how it’s supposed to be. Again, who cares about such things? I certainly don’t! There was no God around to help me become a great prosecutor. I did it all myself, and I certainly never talked to mindless bugs about it.”

The prosecutor then pounded on the railing separating him from the jury and asked, “Is it possible for Tigers and make-believe angels to have this ‘special’ relationship that Tatum’s book suggests? The subtitle, With God, All Things Are Possible, clearly indicates it is. However, we know it is impossible because we also know that God doesn’t exist. He never has! How could something that doesn’t exist ever make all things possible? It takes a weak-minded individual to believe such nonsense. I’m sure the twelve of you are not that gullible.

The prosecutor extended both arms to represent a cross, shrugged his shoulders in a doubting gesture, and asked the jury, “If Tatum’s so-called God exists, why doesn’t He come into this courtroom right now and prove to us that He does? Why doesn’t He come save one of His foolish followers? Hey, God! I invite you to come into this courtroom right now and save Mr. Tatum—I’m still waiting for Your grand entrance, sir. Now would be a good time for You to come join us. Maybe this so-called God Tatum speaks so highly of is too afraid to come face me today. Maybe we should have Tatum fall to his knees and beg for this God to come save him.

The prosecutor mockingly fell to his knees at this point and the courtroom erupted in laughter, but the judge quickly restored order by angrily banging his gavel. He warned, “If I hear another sound from any of you, I’ll have you arrested for contempt.”

While sarcastically looking around in the courtroom with a sly smirk on his face, the prosecutor said, “Do any of you see this God thing anywhere in this courtroom? Anybody? Please point to Him if you do—no, you don’t see Him! And do you know why you don’t see Him? Because God doesn’t exist—He never has, and He never will!

Your Honor, I don’t think Tatum’s fictitious God is going to appear today. His absence just confirms what we already knew—God is just a fictitious entity created by weak-minded individuals to make them feel good during tough times in life. Believers pray to this fantasy God as though He can hear them. It’s the same as a child talking to an imaginary friend. They simply don’t exist, and therefore, cannot listen!

“Your Honor, I am asking this court to order the immediate destruction of all existing copies of Tatum’s book, prevent printing of future copies, and sentence him to spend the rest of his life in solitary confinement. Let’s silence this dangerous man and send a message to all Believers—GOD DOES NOT EXIST! The time for CHANGE is now!

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, this is your chance to help NAG remove God from America by returning a guilty verdict. I trust you will do the right thing—all NAG followers on earth are counting on you to do your sworn duty. Think how great America will be when the word ‘God’ no longer exists, and all Believers are forbidden to speak His name. It’s a day I have long dreamed would come, so let’s continue bringing our long awaited CHANGE to America by finding Mr. Tatum guilty! Your Honor, the prosecution rests.”

The judge adjourned the trial for the day and advised the defense attorney to prepare his closing arguments for presentation after the upcoming holiday. We do not yet know exactly when the defense attorney will present his arguments, but I will provide full details in my third report on the NAG vs CHRISTIAN AUTHOR trial.

This has been Mike Jones of #ATILBnews reporting to keep you informed.

Tom Tatum – 2015

Twitter: @TomTatumAuthor LinkedIn: TomTatum1

Facebook page: Tom Tatum novels

Author page: http://www.amazon.com/author/tomtatum

Christian Author On Trial Part 1

News Report 1 of 4 – Background Info

America is travelling on a slippery slope these days. Hate and lack of tolerance are the new norms. Political correctness has become an excuse to gripe about things that mean diddly-squat, the three branches of government have trampled on the constitution, leaving no checks-and-balances for ALL the people, and radicals of any kind move about freely wreaking havoc at will.

We all have an opinion on these topics. Some voice their views openly while others sit tight and watch the action. However, all of these things are just the tip of “something” larger—something that is about to happen—possibly sooner than we may think! It doesn’t matter which side of the aisle you’re on or what your religious preference is—you may have none. Regardless of your position, you do need to be aware of the choking odor that is floating on the winds of time.

In that regard, I wrote a series of four news reports (1 to 4) about a court trial for a Christian author charged with writing books about God. The titles will be Christian Author On Trial Part _. I used myself as the scapegoat author because I have recently published two faith-based books. Though the four reports are currently fictitious, they could become real news headlines if we continue on our present course and do nothing to stop America’s slide.

Think a trial like this can’t possibly happen in America? Think again before you go waltzing around in the den as though everything is hunky-dory. Read all the reports in the proper sequence before you answer the question. They may make you start viewing the situation differently. If nothing else, you can go waltzing around possessing a new awareness.

Each report will appear a day or so apart. Again, I urge you to read them in the order presented (1 to 4) for full effect. A fifth report may follow if deemed necessary. The following is the first of the four reports.

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The Trial Continues

This is Mike Jones of ATILBnews reporting to you live from outside the courthouse in Washington on the precedent setting trial the media has dubbed, NAG vs Christian Author.

In continuing efforts to remove God from America, a group calling themselves nonBelievers Against God (NAG) received support from the Justice Department and charged Christian author Tom Tatum on two counts.

Count One: Writing books supporting the existence of God

Count Two: Conspiracy to keep God in America

Throughout this precedent-setting trial, the prosecutor, supposedly representing millions of NAG members, has battled toe-to-toe with one man who has not been afraid to stand up and defend his faith in God. The prosecutor has relentlessly attacked Tatum’s character and his book from every possible angle. By aggressively supporting NAG, the government has openly declared war on all Christians and Believers.

Under conditions of anonymity, a high-level official from the Justice Department stated, “The first amendment rights granted by the U. S. Constitution do not apply to Christians or their religious propaganda teachings.” He further stated, “America is not a nation of a fictitious entity called God, and we will fight all weak-minded individuals who believe it is. We are tired of hearing the words God, Christians, and Believers, and mainstream media fully supports our efforts to remove these words from America. We have the resolve to be victorious in the war to remove God from America—forever! Just look around—we are winning and Christians are clueless. They remain silent and are doing nothing to stop us. This case is just the tip of a giant iceberg. We are taking this war to every corner of America, and we will not stop until God is completely removed.”

Things got a bit disorderly in the courtroom on several occasions today. The judge had to clear the room due to outbursts from NAG leaders cheering during the prosecutor’s attacks on Tatum. Some of the NAG supporters started shoving people who were in the courtroom supporting Tatum. The judge charged a dozen of the prosecutor’s supporters with contempt when they refused to heed his warnings to keep quiet. Officers had to place them in handcuffs and remove them from the courtroom. Two of those arrested were field reporters from other media outlets. I guess it’s an indication how biased the mainstream media has become. It appears journalism is now a platform used by many to voice their personal opinions and agendas rather than simply reporting the facts.

Gretchen, the judge even considered moving the trial to another location or completely closing the proceedings to the media. Fortunately, that will not likely happen. Both sides will present their closing arguments soon, but cameras won’t be allowed inside the courtroom. I’ll record those court sessions and share details with our viewers in several follow-up reports.

Folks, that’s the latest news we have for you at the moment. I’ll have more details on the NAG vs Christian Author trial throughout the week. #ATILBnews reports to keep you informed.

Tom Tatum – 2015

Twitter: @TomTatumAuthor     LinkedIn: TomTatum1

Facebook page: Tom Tatum novels

Author page: http://www.amazon.com/author/tomtatum