Baptist Brownshirts?

This quote:

‘ The sources said workers were guarded by a security force from the Baptist Family & Children’s Services, which the Department of Health and Human Services hired to run the Lackland Camp.

The sources say security forces called themselves the “Brown Shirts.” ‘

From this link:

Please read it.

Considering the source — Fox News — one has to entertain the distinct possibility that this is simply hype: the usual sensation-porn that is constantly being broadcast to produce the usual effects that sensation-porn produces, and nothing more. (Or less.)

And even if this story is basically true, there is the likelihood that it contains a spin — whether intentional or unintentional — that distracts from its true importance or significance. For example, the article seems to draw our thinking too quickly to being concerned about the health of the poor unsuspecting airliine passengers, rather than the health of the children; and to draw our thinking to the negative “financial” aspects (this is America, after all: it is always about the money), rather than the moral or spiritual implications.

Having said all that, what if this story is substantially true: that these children and young people, are being herded and detained — may I say, “concentrated”? — in these government camps, under conditions of enforced secrecy?

What are the Baptists — some of whom, presumably, are born-again Christians; or even, if the words of John Calvin apply here, the “elect” — what are they doing in the middle of all this?

Is thirty pieces of silver enough reward to assure them that they are acting in the will of God?

I might post something about this elsewhere, but I would like to be surer of the total situation before I do.

Are there any comments?


4 comments on “Baptist Brownshirts?

  1. drfuture2013 says:


    You are right about disregarding the author Todd Starnes (he is a douche bag) and that the real possible story of the article is not the angle presented in it.

    I spent some time this morning researching this organization – the actual name is Baptist Child and Family Services, based out of San Antonio (not surprisingly where the Lackland base on which they are operating is located). They appear to be a non-profit that legitimately tries to help families and refugees.

    However, it is curious to note that the following website ( which is recruiting people for jobs there states that it “expanded its emergency assistance services during the Branch Davidian siege in Waco, Texas”, and now evidently operates as a Christian (at least originally) based non-profit that provides services to the military as a govt. contractor. They probably had all sorts of opportunities open to them after quietly doing the government’s bidding in that operation.

    Their 2012 IRS Form 990 for tax year 2011 ( shows that they had over 23 million dollars in income that year.

  2. drfuture2013 says:

    I forgot to mention that this facility, and the group who operates it, are listed on an interesting Wikipedia page on “List of Detention Sites in the United States” (, which adds that “The United States maintains the largest immigration detention infrastructure in the world”, with 961 such sites in the U.S. in 2007.

  3. I’ve heard the Tea-Pandering radiotalk guys discuss all sorts of conspiracy-sounding items related to the illegal immigration issue (some of which, like the link you’ve posted, are likely factual and bear numerous troubling implications).

    But where were these guys ten years ago?

    • mustardnine says:

      Indeed, Coffeetree.

      I don’t want to be too hard on my brothers, for we have all learned too slowly, and too little. But I fear that real progress on this awaits a repentance — not so much of guilt and agony, but of realization, humility, and transformation. And where is the realization? Most of my brothers are still in a state of determined self-distraction — the inner voice of the Spirit, which thankfully can never be completely silenced ( — I hope — ), is being smothered by any triviality which comes to mind, and the addiction to an unholy trinity of the mind: hostility, conflict, and self-righteousness. Time to look again to St. James (a “right strawy epistle,” I know): to grab that mirror he offers and take a long, long look.

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