Dallas (CNN) — The U.S. Supreme Court has delayed the scheduled execution on an inmate on death row in Texas amid questions about a psychologist who testified that blacks and Hispanics were more likely to commit future crimes. “Praise the Lord Jesus,” Duane Edward Buck, the condemned man, said. “God is worthy to be praised. God’s mercy triumphs over judgment, and I feel good.”
That’s bad news for Gov. Rick Perry, I’ll bet. He was no doubt hoping to add Buck to his top-gun list of executions during the next GOP debate. Surely that would have triggered another great round of applause from the oh-so righteous Christian members of the audience as it did last week at the Tea Party debate. Ironically it seems that Mr. Buck is a righteous Christian as well.
During that debate, Perry seemed well-satisfied that every one of the 234 executions which is by far the most of any recent governor in the United States. Wild applause erupted when, in the style of an Old West sheriff, Perry boasted of his state’s stringent death penalty clause. They loved it and Perry gloated. Perry is hoping to double the executions of former governor George W. Bush who oversaw the execution of 152 convicts over five years. I’m wondering if Perry hopes to attain the status of the “modern-day Pontius Pilate.” In his book, Fed Up!: Our Fight to Save America from Washington, Perry states: “If you don’t support the death penalty…don’t come to Texas.”
Here’s the hypocrisy of it all: the GOP touts itself as the pro-life party. Of course, what’s in a name, eh? I’ve seen scant evidence for that claim. In fact, I’d say pro-life my ass! In fact, were I to have $5K to throw around [reference to Perry’s quip to Bachmann] I would wager that no one could prove that the GOP is, in fact, pro-life. There is no evidence to support that claim.
Perry was asked to halt Thursday’s execution but refused to do so because hewas in Iowa Thursday night at fundraiser for his Republican presidential campaign. Isn’t that just swell. It is interesting to note that 7 of the 9 members of the Supreme Court are either Jews or Catholics. The remaining two belong to mainline Christian churches. None are evangelical Christians like Perry. It appears that the non-evangelical Supreme Court exhibits more ‘mercy’ than does Perry and the gaggle of Tea Party attendees at the debate.
Historically, members of the U.S. Supreme court have claimed as their religion these religious affiliation: Episcopalian, Presbyterian, generic Protestant, Catholic and Unitarian. [link] No evangelicals.
I have found that the most egregious Jesus-pimpers are affiliated with evangelical/fundamental Christian churches. The idiotic Koran-burning preacher from Florida comes to mind, as does Pat Robertson, John Hagee, Oral Roberts, Ted Haggard and Jerry Falwell.
As I was researching this topic, I ran across this article, The Covert Kingdom: Thy Will be Done, on Earth as it is in Texas. Interesting title. Author Joe Bageant writes, “Given how fundamentalists see the modern world, they may as well be living in Iraq or Syria, with whom they share approximately the same Bronze Age religious tenets.” Bageant states that his relatives are Southern Pentecostal/Baptists so he knows his stuff. He writes, “They believe that, until Jesus does arrive, our “satanic humanist state and federal legal systems” should be replaced with pure “Biblical Law.” This belief is called Christian Reconstructionism.”
I’ve written a few posts on Christian Reconstructionism or Dominion Theology as it is often called. Yet, from Beagant’s personal point of view, he states:
Christian Reconstruction is blunt stuff, hard and unforgiving as a gravestone. Capital punishment, central to the Reconstructionist ideal, calls for the death penalty in a wide range of crimes, including abandonment of the faith, blasphemy, heresy, witchcraft, astrology, adultery, sodomy, homosexuality, striking a parent, and ”unchastity before marriage” (but for women only). Biblically correct methods of execution include stoning, the sword, hanging, and burning. Stoning is preferred, according to Gary North, the self-styled Reconstructionist economist, because stones are plentiful and cheap. Biblical Law would also eliminate labor unions, civil rights laws, and public schools. Leading Reconstruction theologian David Chilton declares, “The Christian goal for the world is the universal development of Biblical theocratic republics…” Incidentally, said Republic of Jesus would not only be a legal hell, but an ecological one as well — Reconstructionist doctrine calls for the scrapping of environmental protection of all kinds, because there will be no need for this planet earth once The Rapture occurs.
Did you see the current GOP agenda in the quote above?
• eliminate labor unions, civil rights laws, and public schools
• calls for the death penalty
• scrapping of environmental protection
I was recalling Rick Perry’s speech a few days ago at Liberty University as I stumbled across this line from Bageant’s piece: “The training of Christian cadres is far more sophisticated than the average liberal realizes. There now stretches a network of dozens of campuses across the nation, each with its strange cultish atmosphere of smiling Christian pod people, most of them clones of Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.” Was it merely a coincidence that Perry spoke there days after his second debate? I think not.
Bageant ends his article with this: “Nor will it necessarily bring ever-tolerant liberals to openly acknowledge what is truly happening in this country, the thing that has been building for a long, long time — a holy war, a covert Christian jihad for control of America and the entire world. Millions of Americans are under the spell of an extraordinarily dangerous mass psychosis.”
Mass psychosis. Yes it is, and when I look closely at Perry on stage at the debates, it appears to me that he has been smitten with that mass psychosis. Does anyone else see that?