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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

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

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Christian Author On Trial Part 3

News Report – 3 of 4

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

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CLOSING ARGUMENTS – DEFENSE

This is Mike Jones of ATILBnews here in Washington with my third report on the nonBelievers Against God (NAG) vs Christian Author trial. The defense attorney spent a few minutes today highlighting topics presented by the prosecutor last week in his closing arguments. The defense concluded his closing arguments a few moments ago. I will comment before sharing each recorded segment of the defense attorney’s statements.

While holding up a copy of Tatum’s controversial book, the defense attorney calmly stood and said, “Ladies and gentlemen, what you have heard from the prosecutor during this entire trial represents the evil that can come only from Satan himself. I’m sure you are now fully aware of the challenges all Christians and Believers of God have to endure. Christians and others who choose to believe in God have faced these challenges for thousands of years. The vicious attacks levied by the prosecutor and the Justice Department are nothing new. These attacks represent new tactics to alter the course of a great nation, which government leaders use to pass and discriminately enforce laws that are to their liking. Yes, Mr. Tatum believes in God— he has openly stated his beliefs on many occasions through his writings and his testimony here in this courtroom. This he does not deny. He is not afraid to speak out and tell others about his love for God and God’s love for all.

“Christians around the world are being persecuted every day. Such persecution comes in many forms, ranging from simple verbal abuse and pure hatred to tragic murders by those who have no tolerance for the beliefs of others—those who say God does not exist. Until recently, these brutal murders of Christians have occurred in nations other than America. Some naïve people go so far as to say that persecution of Christians in America does not even exist. To them, I say please open your eyes—take your blinders off and look around. If you can’t see the persecution, no matter how insignificant it may be, you might be living in a fantasy world or are in denial to protect your views. Still others say they are tired of hearing about God. To them, I say open your ears, heart, and mind for you may not yet understand the messengers or His message—tolerance of others might serve you well.

EmanuelChurch“Allow me to call your attention to the recent murders of nine Christians as they sat studying the Bible in a church in Charleston, SC during the month of June 2015. Members of this church welcomed a young man to worship God with them, which he did for an hour. Unfortunately, the evil young man decided to murder nine of the people he had just met. These murders did not take place on foreign soil—they happened in a quiet American city—on American soil. Unlike those who murder Christians in other lands, this accused murderer now sits in jail waiting to face nine counts of murder. He will have his day in a court, but he will also face a much greater judgment in the future. The nine families of these victims have shown the world what true faith in God means. They have openly expressed their forgiveness of the accused murderer and have even asked him to repent for his sins so that he may have eternal life in God’s house of many mansions. It’s hard for most people to understand how they can forgive the man accused of murdering their family members, but it’s what true Christians do—they understand God’s gift of grace and want to share it. The love exhibited by these families and South Carolina kept Charleston from becoming another Ferguson or Baltimore, where evil and hate were allowed to run rampant. The people of Charleston welcomed the evil hate-baiters to their city, but told them to place their hatred elsewhere or leave the city. The Charleston tragedy became a beacon of light to the world for all to follow.

“There is also a big difference between Mr. Tatum and the nonBelievers in the world. He has never tried to force his beliefs on anyone, nor has he ever attacked those who choose not to believe in God. He simply feels every person should have the opportunity to hear about God, and then choose whether or not they want to believe. It’s a decision every person has the Constitutional right and freedom to make, but no one has the right to viciously attack or silence the beliefs of others. Life is about having tolerance and respect for others and their beliefs. Mr. Tatum does not wish to censor the opinions of nonBelievers or force them to do anything against their will. However, he will still pray quietly for them to find the Lord someday. Again, that’s what Christians do—they have faith and simply want to inform others of God’s grace. They try to make the world a better place for all.

On the other hand, Satan and his supporters chose to attack my client, all Believers, and God in their efforts to force an evil agenda on every American. It’s their way or no way. As I said, there are those in the world who go so far as to kill anyone who does not choose to believe as they do. These murderers raise persecution of Christians and Believers to the highest and most evil level of all. They take pleasure in killing those who do not deny God or succumb to their beliefs. The people of Charleston have already experienced such evil. Is this evil something you want to spread across America by denying the existence of God? Where’s the tolerance in such behavior? These evil murderers have no regard or respect for human life, and proclaim to follow the teachings of their leader. Christians also follow the teachings of their leader, but they don’t kill you for choosing to think differently. In fact, most Christians even offer prayers for those who choose to walk on a different path.

The prosecutor made some extraordinary remarks during the course of this trial. Unfortunately, what he told you is either untrue or twisted to promote an evil agenda. He wants to clear the way for his ways to consume every American before they realize what has happened. He moves about in the shadows of darkness to make you think living his way is better for you. Satan’s favorite pastime is placing temptation in front of each of us every day. He lures us into his trap and wants to eliminate your freedom of choice because he knows the consequences if he doesn’t—Satan fears God!

“My simple question for you today is this—for what reasons do nonBelievers viciously attack God and all who choose to believe in Him? If nonBelievers choose not to believe or want to deny even the possibility that God exists, why do they want to take God out of America, or for that matter—the world? Why do they even care if others choose to believe in God? Per the prosecutor’s own words, he and his army of NAG members say God doesn’t exist!

“What? Does that mean nonBelievers vehemently want to remove something they say does not even exist? I want you to think about the irony of that for a few moments—unless a person has ulterior motives, why wouldn’t they just choose to ignore all talk about or references to God. Christians aren’t twisting arms or forcing anyone to believe. NonBelievers say God is simply a mythical creature created by weak-minded individuals who can’t cope with life without having a symbolic entity they can summon to bring them peace. So, where is the nonBeliever’s tolerance for Believers? No matter how hard you search, it doesn’t appear to exist, and guess what—the Devil wants to keep it that way. That’s why he keeps stirring the pot of hatred and malevolence. Satan will do everything he can to win the war of good versus evil.”

At this point, the defense attorney paused, looked toward the jury, and said, “Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to share a short story with you.”

“Not long ago, a Christian and a nonBeliever found themselves stranded in the desert. They had no food or water to sustain them. The only thing they had with them was an empty glass.

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On the second day, the Christian raised the empty glass to his lips several times, swallowed, and said, ‘That is so refreshing! You want some?’

The nonBeliever barked, ‘You’re insane! There’s nothing in the glass, fool! No one knows where we are, and we’re going to die a slow, horrible death out here in the middle of nowhere! I can’t believe this is happening to me. I can’t believe I’m going to die in the desert with a fool who thinks there is a God. I don’t deserve this. I’m a rich man!’

“The Christian replied, ‘Oh, ye of little faith. I believe in God, and I know He will provide for all my needs. Drink as I am doing and He will provide for you also. All the money in your bank accounts can’t do that for you this day.’

The nonBeliever laughed and shouted, ‘God does not exist! You are an idiot to think He does! I wish you would die so I wouldn’t have to listen to you talk about your fantasy God.’

“Two more days passed and five times each day, the Christian drank from the glass while the nonBeliever continued to curse and make fun of him.

“Another day passed and both men were rapidly growing weaker. The next day the nonBeliever decided to put the glass to his lips. After swallowing nothing but air, he mumbled, ‘This is so ridiculous,’ but he continued tilting the glass higher and ‘drinking’ more air. The Christian watched him with one eye slightly open, pretending to be asleep. This continued for two more days and both men drank from the empty glass several times each day. The nonBeliever never saw the Christian looking at him, nor did the Christian bother to tell him otherwise.

“After one more day, both men were finally rescued, and fortunately, both men survived their ordeal. When asked how he managed to find the two men when he wasn’t even searching for them, the rescuer replied, ‘I saw sunlight reflecting off something in the desert—as if someone was trying to send a distress signal—you know, like SOS or something. For some strange reason, I felt compelled to see what it was. When I arrived at the scene, I found two men near death. They had obviously been there for many days. It’s a miracle they were still alive. The light I saw was the sun reflecting off a glass the two men had. Other than the clothes they were wearing, the glass was the only thing they had with them.’

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“Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I am pleased to tell you that both of those men are now Believers—Christians. The words ‘have faith and God will provide for all you needs’ are truly powerful. If you think this story is some wild tale I concocted to entertain you—that is not the case at all. You see—I was that nonBeliever. I was an atheist—but now I believe in God—I’m a Christian. I am now a Believer who Satan seeks to convert back to his evil ways. I guess you can say I finally saw the ‘light’—the light reflecting off of a tiny glass in the middle of the desert changed my life. I was blessed!”

The defense attorney walked over to the jury box, placed both hands on the railing in front of him, and calmly said, “May each you reach down deep within yourselves today and allow God to continue to bless America by returning a verdict that you know in your heart is the right choice. Freedom of religion comes from the first amendment of our Constitution. Don’t circumvent the constitution the way our political and justice department leaders are doing. Don’t let the evil in this courtroom take God out of America. Don’t punish Mr. Tatum and then later say, ‘The Devil made me do it,’ because it will be too late to change your mind. Your Honor, the defense rests, and may God continue to bless America long into the future.”

The judge then instructed the jury and sent them out to deliberate. Stay tuned to #ATILBnews for more details when I present my fourth report on the NAG vs CHRISTIAN AUTHOR trial.

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

Tom Tatum – 2015

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