In How fair was that trial? James Wimberley compares the trial of Jesus to modern justice and to the Bushies concept of justice as it pertains to “enemy combatants”.
The trials of Jesus that led to his execution were, if the Gospel accounts are credible, miscarriages of justice. But they were trials, not a lynching or assassination. Exactly how unfair were they? How do they compare to another set of trials that have come under heavy criticism, those at Guantanamo Bay? Seeing as the Administration responsible for them advertises its allegiance to the person of Pilate’s victim, if not to his teaching.
What bizarre twist someone could be on this thoughtful examination of justice. An historical perspective on divinity that many people claim governs the decisions they make in life wasn’t a matter of if once the post was up, but of the hows of the twist. Wimberley was even patient enough to reply to this nonsense,
“It is in extremely bad taste, even impious, to use the Passion of Our Lord on Good Friday to make political points. You should be ashamed of yourself .”
Wimberly seems more motivated by a genuine concern for some inhumanely applied judicial remedy for the fact that some human beings, some probably guilty and some not then to score “political” points – there is a pretty obvious what are you gonna do when they come for you aspect to this – unless you have your head buried in right-wing orthodoxy. If we want to take the point of view as the e-mailer then one assumes that he feels that no one should connect modern events, Holy days and history – Holy days in the commenter’s view are brittle objects to be observed only from a distance. I hope he sends off a missive to the Pope before its too late, Pope in Easter speech says ‘nothing positive’ from Iraq (April 8, 2007)
Last year Bush spent the week before easter raising money for the RNC, promoting his immigration policies, touring a military base and whining about Democrats who had all the money he wanted for an Iraq spending bill, but which had non-binding timelines attached.
In case you missed it the traitor that had his sentence commuted by the brush cutting wonder from Connecticut was disbarred, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby Disbarred
When a member of the Bar is convicted of an offense involving moral turpitude, disbarment is mandatory. D.C. Code § 11-2503 (a) (2001). When convictions on more than one count are involved, disbarment is mandated if any one of them involves moral turpitude. In re Lipari, 704 A.2d 851, 852 (D.C. 1997) (citation omitted). This court has held that obstruction of justice (18 U.S.C. § 1503) and perjury (18 U.S.C. § 1623) are crimes of moral turpitude per se. In re Gormley, 793 A.2d 469, 470 (D.C. 2002) (citations omitted). Since respondent was convicted of each of these offenses, as the Board concluded, disbarment is mandatory under D.C. Code § 11-2503 (a). Neither Bar Counsel nor respondent has taken exception to the Board’s Report and Recommendation.
Accordingly, it is hereby ORDERED that I. Lewis Libby, Jr. is disbarred from the practice of law in the District of Columbia, and his name shall be stricken from the roll of attorneys authorized to practice before this court.
Another in case anyone missed it, Obama’s Minister Committed “Treason” But When My Father Said the Same Thing He Was a Republican Hero. Which reminded me of what one assumes were the divinely inspired comments of right-wing preachers Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson just after 9-11,
JERRY FALWELL: And I agree totally with you that the Lord has protected us so wonderfully these 225 years. And since 1812, this is the first time that we’ve been attacked on our soil and by far the worst results. And I fear, as Donald Rumsfeld, the Secretary of Defense, said yesterday, that this is only the beginning. And with biological warfare available to these monsters — the Husseins, the Bin Ladens, the Arafats — what we saw on Tuesday, as terrible as it is, could be miniscule if, in fact — if, in fact — God continues to lift the curtain and allow the enemies of America to give us probably what we deserve.
PAT ROBERTSON: Jerry, that’s my feeling. I think we’ve just seen the antechamber to terror. We haven’t even begun to see what they can do to the major population.
JERRY FALWELL: The ACLU’s got to take a lot of blame for this.
PAT ROBERTSON: Well yes.
JERRY FALWELL: And, I know that I’ll hear from them for this. But, throwing God out successfully with the help of the federal court system, throwing God out of the public square, out of the schools. The abortionists have got to bear some burden for this because God will not be mocked. And when we destroy 40 million little innocent babies, we make God mad. I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People For the American Way — all of them who have tried to secularize America — I point the finger in their face and say “you helped this happen.”
PAT ROBERTSON: Well, I totally concur, and the problem is we have adopted that agenda at the highest levels of our government. And so we’re responsible as a free society for what the top people do. And, the top people, of course, is the court system..
The blame America first crowd speaks.
Funny how the the provocateurs of all things liberal democracy and spreading like wildfire can kill or wound hundreds of thousands, yet not engage mouth and brain to issue a coherent statement of condemnation, Bush Silent, but Others Speak Out on Tibet Crackdown
If the Bushies think that history will judge them as visionaries for spending so many lives and so much national treasure in Iraq, how will history judge them for sending so many American jobs to China while it pollutes the world, exploits it’s own citizens and treats Tibet like workers on a plantation.