Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Justice Sunday III: Return of the Revenge of the Justice Strikes Back

Justice Sunday III: Liberty And Justice For All (but gay people) has come and gone, but the memories remain. Who could forget Dr. Alveda King's passionate invocation of Thomas Jefferson?

In June of 1776, a 33-year-old man by the name of Thomas Jefferson spent almost two weeks in this building, well-known as the declaration house, where he wrote our nation's declaration of independence...Clearly from the writings of Thomas Jefferson and the historic declaration of independence there is not only a recognition but a reliance upon God. 229 years later we have federal courts that have actually sated it's against the law for children to say the pledge of allegiance....Jefferson said can the liberty of a nation be secure if we remove the only firm basis.

According to Thomas Jefferson, what is the only firm basis of national liberty.

He said it's a conviction in the mind of people that these liberties are the gift of God and that they're not to be violated.

He said, indeed, I tremble for my country.
-Dr. Alveda King

And who could forget Jefferson quietly clearing his throat and offering the following (Jefferson looking surprisingly good for having been dead a while)?

The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.

-Thomas Jefferson

Christianity neither is, nor ever was a part of the common law.

-Thomas Jefferson

And then there was Herbert Hoover Lusk, Jr., who stirringly railed against discrimination:

There is discrimination against the people of God, and as I look at this thing, it almost appears that we ought to just wave the white flag.

And then righteously engages in it:

I am one who supports the original intent of God almighty to have a husband and a wife --

But nothing quite captured the tone of the day better than Lusk's most "energetic" statement:

My friends, you know this and know this well.
Don't fool with the church because the church has buried many a critic, and all the critics that we have not buried, we're making funeral arrangements for them!
-Herbert Hoover Lusk, Jr.

Yes, the Christian religion. Kicking righteous ass since A.D.

You can read the whole transcript HERE. Count the number of times Judge Alito is namechecked, and drink one shot for each.


At 12:54 PM, Blogger J. Clifford said...

Thanks for bringing the outrageous violent threats of Reverend Herbert Lusk to everyone's attention. Not as many bloggers are reporting on this issue as need to be.

These people are doing more to ruin the name of Christianity than any atheist could hope to do.

At 1:43 PM, Blogger codemorse said...

Well, you're welcome. Thanks for coming by, J. Feel free to come back again.

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