This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, November 5, 2014:
The Black Robe Regiment is enjoying a welcome revival, thanks to IRS waffling and dithering. Its initial iteration dates back to 1776 when Reverend John Peter Muhlenberg concluded his Sunday sermon with this:
In the language of the Holy Writ, there was a time for all things: a time to preach and a time to pray. But those times have passed away.
There is a time to fight and that time is now coming!
He then threw off his black robe revealing a full military uniform and marched to the back of his church where he demanded: “Who among you is with me?” 300 men from his congregation stood up and joined Muhlenberg that day.
The “regiment” of patriot-pastors grew to the point during the Revolutionary War that British Prime Minister Horace Walpole remarked: “Cousin America has run off with a Presbyterian parson!”
The second iteration was ignited by Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) in 2008 with its declaration that