Friday, March 16, 2012

Missionary work prompts labor problems on dairies


North Bosque County, Texas – It would be so good and wholesome to be able to offer official documentation of the facts surrounding this unfortunate tale, even better to attribute its sources.

Unfortunately, all this is impossible - for a very fortunate reason.

It is for this reason that The Legendary is unable to do so.

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion...”

The operative word, here, is establishment.

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution precludes any silly government from becoming involved in matters of the heart, of faith, of a personal interpretation of the Divine, or of Holy Writ. The amendment precludes the authority of government to infringe upon worship, speech or other expression, or of peaceable assembly to petition the government for redress of grievances.

But in light of the rigid controls over dissemination of official information, we are forced to get our news items where we may obtain them.

Let's try this one on for size. Fortunately, the advertisers claim that, in our fair nation, one size fits all.

The lush pasture lands in the valley of the Bosque near the northern border with Erath of this rural county provide a rich and bountiful setting for dairy operations.

Naturally, these establishments are staffed with a disproportionately large number of undocumented alien workers from south of the Mexican border.

Hard working, dependable, and willing to perform arduous agricultural tasks for wages American workers will not tolerate, these men and women make their home near the rural communities of Hico and Iredell.

Of late, however, there has been a certain low key disturbance of the status quo, and it's based on the missionary work of a certain Protestant denomination which refuses to acknowledge New Testament teachings that Jesus of Nazareth was actually the Christ by virtue of the Holy Spirit coming upon his Mother Mary and telling her she would bear the Son of God Almighty, the chosen Messiah foretold by many centuries of Hebrew prophecy.

A missionary witnessing in fluent Spanish has sojourned amongst the undocumented alien workers and accused them of idolatry due to their Catholic faith and adherence to the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church regarding the Holy Trinity of God, His Son, and the Holy Spirit.
This individual has reportedly gone so far as to suggest that members of the flock will suffer eternal damnation or perdition as a result of their faith - unless they repent immediately and follow the teachings of his brand of religion, a sect which denies all of the foregoing.

Fortunately, no religious test may be applied for matters of gainful employment or of qualification for public office. All such questions are referred to the U.S. Constitution, a document that does not require those who perform certain tasks in Interstate Commerce to be undocumented aliens.

At least, not yet.

But it's a matter of some curiosity that many of the dairy operators who so employ undocumented alien workers of the Roman Catholic faith adhere to the tenets of a certain fraternal organization first developed by Confederate veterans of the War of Northern Aggression following the cessation of hostilities in that horribly violent and unproductive chapter of American life.

General Ulysses S. Grant having obtained an unconditional surrender from the Commanding General of the Army of the Confederate States of America, General Robert E. Lee, President Abraham Lincoln became the last casualty of the war when a Confederate spy, a stage actor named John Wilkes Booth, shot him in the back of the head while he watched a play at a Washington theater with his wife and some friends.

It is a matter of record that on the very afternoon of the evening of this maddening and aggravating occurrence, the President insisted in an inconclusive cabinet meeting that there be no retribution in proposed Reconstruction programs, that matters of pacification among the people of the former Confederate States of America should not be punitive in their nature.

Following his untimely death, however, all bets were off on that score, and so some gentlemen of a certain culture, classically educated, soon met in a law office in Pulaski, Tennessee, to form a resistance movement in the war-ravaged South.

This organization is still quite influential today in certain areas of the nation, many of them far from the south. It espouses, among other causes, equal rights for white people, states rights, the right of men and women unencumbered by incarceration to freely choose with whom they wish to associate and worship, and to keep and bear arms for the defense of themselves, their families and neighbors.

For some unexplained reason, the operators of dairies known to follow this creed soon thereafter found themselves unable to persuade their employees from south of the border to get any work done on their places.

Faced with this unfortunate occurrence – one in which dairy cattle went unfed, cows were not milked on time, and none of the myriad chores of a smooth-running dairy operation depends, they chose a pragmatic course of action.

They made a sizable donation to the local Catholic Church, and the Diocesan Priest of that congregation soon counseled and advised their employees to go back to work.

He taught them that they have nothing to fear and no reason to worry, because in the United States of America, all persons have the perfect right to worship and believe as they may choose without any interference from government officials, employers, or their neighbors.

Persuaded, they are back hard at work in the pastures and milking barns of northern Bosque County.

It is my humble prayer that this condition never change in American jurisprudence, in the defense posture of the United States of America, or in any other aspect.

The matter is far too important to be entrusted to any form of government, though it may purport to represent the people of the world, the nation, the state, county or city, or any other conceivable political subdivision.

There are ways of doing everything under God's sun, throughout His Dominion.

I have spoken.

I am sincere.

So mote it be.

- The Legendary

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