I know Phil, and count him a dear friend. So when I step back and look at this bad and dangerous world, and then focus back in on the treatment Phil received at the hands of TSA thugs — not in Saudi Arabia or North Korea, but here, on American soil — I am very angry.
Then when you add in this CNN report on how the TSA doubles-down to punish free citizens' dissent... the needle goes well up into the "red" zone.
Bryan Preston is right. That isn't about terrorists. It doesn't target our enemies. It is about punishing dissent.
I know it's been said, I know it's cliché, I know it no longer deserves the status of deep insight — but it's true:
The terrorists have scored limitless victories on our freedoms post-9/11 without firing one shot or spending one dime.
Or go back to Phil, or Lig Duncan, or Don Carson, or John Piper, or John MacArthur. Should those brothers and mentors just stop attending conferences more than 100 miles from their homes, because they don't want to be — or don't want their wives to be — felt up by blue-gloved goons? Is that where we're heading? "Sorry to decline your invitation to speak, but I've decided to keep my privates private."
Who could blame them?
I project myself forward to the coming trip to England (DV). My dear wife already had a totally gratuitous, infuriating experience in an airport a few years back in my absence. It may be a blessing of sorts that I wasn't there. Dead-serious: I might have an arrest-record today, if I had been there. I will tolerate things done (or said) to me that I will not tolerate said or done to my wife or children or, for that matter, my friends. So, as God is my witness, when I consider the prospect of some smug operative beginning to invade, harass, and handle her... I'm afraid I wouldn't make my appointment.
What can we do?
So we stand by and watch the state-sanctioned sexual abuse of our friends, our wives, our children, ourselves. What can we do?
These gropebots have the sanction of the State. Plus, if we tick them off, they can fine us up to $10,000.
Or arrest us.
Let me put it to you: Phil is not a private, unknown quantity. There is zero percent chance that he poses a threat to national security or anything the TSA is supposed to care about. Yet he is singled out for this sort of punishing sexual molestation. Do you feel safer now? As you tuck your children in tonight, are you comforted by the thought that folks like Phil (and housewives and children and your wife and grandmother) are being felt-up for no rational reason, with the State's smiling approval?
Something has got to change. You'd think one of our prominent political leaders would stand up and do something.
But that would require a clue and a spine. Which may be asking too much.