What did we really think about the squeaky clean Judge Kavanaugh? I thought …
All the picks of the 45th president are tainted with misogyny, bigotry, greed, and prostitution (literally and figuratively) and a titanic white evangelical righteousness parrotism (the new TWERPs). The administration of the 45th president is on record as the least diverse.
Who dares think they can tell a victim of crime when to lay a charge and if to lay a charge. The GOP and #45 have convinced many oppressed people to say things are going well – “We’ve come a long way” they say – when in fact they are not. America’s First Nations and Black and poor people are still seeking justice from the courts and all courts are famous for two things: justice and injustice. The Judeo-Christian composite that western societies claim as the ideal (some say the foundation!) still looks more like the village mob dragging a woman out to be stoned for a two-person violation and like celebrating the entry into Canaan apart from recalling the death of the Exodus generation as faithless.
In the world’s supreme courts and in the small town sheriff’s office people have seen both the nobility and the trash of human aspirations. As the US deliberates the nomination of an alleged rapist to the supreme court we watch the spineless and amoral Republican representatives do everything except the decent thing.
The few words we will hear from Dr. Ford’s supporters will thoroughly expose the current supporters of the high court nominee as a den of injustice. Beyond the wall of shame and fear, beyond pushing for the feet of pharma-money (drugs and medical care) to be kept firmly on the neck of the American people, and beyond the support of the old froggy behaviour (Fascism, Nazism, oligarchy) Americans are going to be seeing in black and white, the face of injustice.
Kavanaugh and #45 have lots to hide. 90% of Kavanaugh’s work with the White House remains withheld. What could be more relevant to discovering Kavanaugh’s character than his collaboration with the White House just at the same time when the Moral Majority was crafting its plans to build a Christian caliphate?
We will see justice’s new face as a mob of cowardly senators put their cold hearts on the record again. Justice that takes long is not justice. Telling the police to stop shooting Black people is not justice. Justice is paying Black people for the work our ancestors did. Justice is telling the world at the UN that the slave trade is wrong. Justice is telling the American people that government has begun dismantling the secret societies and codes that have kept racism alive.
Still think we know what justice looks like? The pervading view is that governments dispense justice all the way to wielding the sword (punishment including executions) on God’s behalf. When Christians attach supremacy to the state’s justice apparatus they deny Christ his role as King, though all things are not yet fully subject to him. However, Christ’s justice finds no place in a Judeo model. The temple and its services tell us that atonement and forgiveness are available but it also shows us that (a) total cleanliness was not achieved (b) the means of atonement, animal blood was inadequate.
Two or three witnesses are sufficient to move the hand of justice and we have seen that without the perspective of God justice can turn out to be a shameful travesty. The blood of Abel and the blood of Zechariah spilt in the
That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar. Matthew 23:35
The reference is to the murder of a prophet.
And the Spirit of God came upon Zechariah the son of Jehoiada the priest, which stood above the people, and said unto them, Thus saith God, Why transgress ye the commandments of the Lord, that ye cannot prosper? because ye have forsaken the Lord, he hath also forsaken you. And they conspired against him, and stoned him with stones at the commandment of the king in the court of the house of the Lord. 2 Chronicles 24:20-21
It was the solemn judgment of the supreme court in what was the best-endowed nation on the planet that a blameless and philanthropic individual should die for questioning and exposing a cruel and capitalist regime. This should give us pause when we evaluate the rulings of courts at any level. If we believe that there is no wickedness in the power halls of our times then we can end our campaign for the peace and satisfaction that Christ cane to bring.
Let’s hear our Saviour’s mother’s revolutionary views on justice before she had a change to experience the majesty of her son. This is inspired speech.
He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts; he has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate; he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. Luke 1:51-53