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Justice is bigger than vengeance

January 19, 2011

Professional dolt Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association (motto: “Everything was just fine back in the bronze age, so let’s go back”) says that any change-of-venue request for Jared Loughner would be an affront to Justice.  His basic point is that the people “with the most intense level of motivation to see that justice is done” should be the ones to carry it out.

Really.  I guess Justice means “the actions of people blinded by rage”. He really, actually says that Justice and Vengeance are the same thing.

But then he quotes Martin Luther King on Justice:

As Martin Luther King, Jr. would say, borrowing the words of the ancient prophet Amos, “Let justice roll down (in Tucson) like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream” (Amos 5:24).

Oh, my.  Read the whole chapter, Bryan.  It isn’t about executing schizophrenics; it’s mostly about economic justice.  A Cheap-Labor Conservative like you would melt like the Wicked Witch of the West in that kind of Justice. The words of Amos, and of MLK, turn to poison on your lips.

With people like Fischer wired into our national sense of Justice, it’s no wonder the poor populate our prisons, and that we imprison a higher percentage of our population than any other modern nation.

One of my Mennonite friends has a bumper sticker that says; “If you want peace, work for justice”.  He’s part of a community where people spend anywhere from weeks to months a year rebuilding hurricane-damaged homes of people on the Gulf coast.  The church has a Head Start in it.  Most of them favor universal health care.  They’re anti-war.

Yes, Justice might include punishment, carried out fairly and dispassionately.  But it’s hardly the whole picture.


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  1. January 19, 2011 at 13:49 | #1

    Bryan Fischer is a dolt. But a dangerous one.

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