Justice Sunday 3

I went. Don't believe the hype. This was not about freedoms being stripped. It was defending a potential juror who will defend an imperialistic U.S. President who wants to defend his right to BREAK THE LAW.

"In a time when this administration seems intent on accumulating unchecked power, Judge Alito's views on executive power are especially important. It is important to know whether he would serve with judicial independence or as a surrogate for the president who nominated him." -- Sen. Patrick Leahy

Last night I did not hear one mention of Bush's decision to wiretap American citizens without a court order. But they staged their event in the City of Philadelphia, the birthplace and cradle of freedom in America.

I find it insulting that Christians would so easily adopt an "end justifies the means" attitude toward the concept of justice.

I agree wholeheartedly that we should not allow secular society to redefine an institution created by God and defined in the Bible. Marriage is one of the two institutions that was created and remains from before the Fall of humanity in the Garden of Eden. It was between a man and a woman. That definition is set.

And I disagree with the senseless killing of a life in abortion (if that's what it is). But I also would be careful with so quickly removing a woman's right to choose.

Yet we have a President who is a documented liar. Who has clearly broken the rule of law. (Yes, he broke the law. He could do these secret wiretaps ONLY for fifteen days.)

But -- and shamelessly, mind you -- Sen. Rick Santorum got up and asked Herb. Lusk and the Greater Exodus congregation to support the appointment of Judge Samuel Alito. Wait a minute! Wait a minute! Wait a minute! Can we please wait for the hearings? Let's find out how Judge Alito feels about my rights to privacy as a law-abiding American citizen. Complain about the ACLU all you want. I fear that some of these politically savvy religious spokespersons have forgotten about my Fourth Amendment right.

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

As religious leaders, I'd like to hear Rev. Falwell and Tony Perkins say to the President, you have a responsibility to conduct the affairs of your office with honesty and integrity. It is not acceptable to allow a city predominantly populated by African-Americans to be rebuilt by allowing millions of dollars to go -- not to small local contractors, but to these large companies, like the one formerly run by THE VICE PRESIDENT. It is not acceptable for you to lead our children into a war under false pretenses. I want to hear these reverends say, our forefathers ran from the King of England to find freedom on these shores. We will not allow you to mix truth with error as the Enemy of our souls in order assume kingly powers over the people of this free country. I want to hear someone say to George W. Bush, "Mr. President, you OBEY THE RULE OF LAW!"

And I ain't hear none o' dat last night.


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