Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Bible study

OK, Circuit Judge Ashley McKathan, here you go. Here's the attention you wanted when you had the Ten Commandments embroidered on your judicial robe and walked into your Covington County courtroom to hear some minor drug cases this week. Here's your shout-out.

Aren't you happy? We all know your name now. We all know that you're proud of your hero, former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, and his courageous stand against repeated federal court orders. And most importantly, we all know what a good, moral Christian citizen you are, thanks to the bright gold tablets stitched on the front of your robe.

Since you obviously love Scripture so much, I thought it'd be a great idea for us to swap some of our favorite Bible verses. Here's one of mine: "And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward."

That's Matthew 6:5. The words are printed in red in my copy. I'm sure an upstanding Christian man like you knows what that means.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a dick.


2:55 PM  
Blogger Alabamian said...

Hey, Jon Stewart's here! Say hi to Stephen Colbert for me when you get over that nasty case of laryngitis.

7:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How is wearing the Ten Commandments on your robe that can be read only by those standing near the judge any more hypocritical than wearing a cross or a WWJD bracelet? From the typical distance a jury and the prosecution/defense is from the judge, I doubt they can read it.

And I don't think arguing with Bible verses is wise, because it's hard to blame someone for violating one verse when you disagree with another.

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 in the NIV says: "Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God."

So with this verse, how could you let gay marriage slide? Sure, your verse is Jesus' words, but a Christian should believe that the entire Bible was written by God through man. Or to be technical, you can say it was written through the Holy Spirit. And technically, even Jesus' words were recorded by man, so until we get the soundbite from the J-Man himself, how can we hold that higher than any other verse?

We're all guilty of sinning, but at least this guy is trying to promote good, Christian lessons instead of giving the OK to sin.

Just my two cents.


11:25 PM  
Blogger Alabamian said...

Matthew 6:5 is a reminder that Christians should hold themselves to the standards for which they say they stand. In other words, Christians ideally see that serving God in one's soul and in one's private actions is more important than grand, public professions of belief. Gay marriage is another issue for another day.

To be clear, I have no problem whatsoever with this judge displaying the Ten Commandments anywhere on his person or property, so long as he doesn't do it under the color of official state action. But when he begins wearing a religious display stitched on his judicial robe in the courtroom, that's an implied government endorsement of a religion. Can you imagine the outcry if this guy had stitched Buddha or Vishnu on his robe? That's why the Founding Fathers wanted to keep the government out of the religion business.

1:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A judge really should not bring anything PERSONAL to the job. Whether it's religous embroidery or a framed cartoon of Tweety Bird, it's still something that's PERSONAL and has no place in a courtroom.


8:01 AM  

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