Monday, December 13, 2004

Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! 

Alert reader shystee writes:

Soldiers liberate some spare parts = dishonorable discharge (back.

Coalition Provisional Authority makes millions "disappear" = no charges

It's the same thing back home:

Guy steals a Lion King video = 25 years to life (third strike law)

Enron steals millions from taxpayers and stockholders = nobody goes to jail

The list goes on but the pattern is the same.

You know, this pattern was all covered in Matthew, chapter 23:

1: Then said Jesus to the crowds and to his disciples,

2: "The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses' seat;

3: so practice and observe whatever they tell you, but not what they do; for they preach, but do not practice.

Limbaugh. Bennett. Swaggart. Bush AWOL. And so on, and on, and on.

4: They bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with their finger.

Shifting those risks, eh?

5: They do all their deeds to be seen by men...

6: and they love the place of honor at feasts and the best seats in the synagogues,

Sounds like the RNC. And the coming inaugural.

11: He who is greatest among you shall be your servant;

12: whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.

13: "But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because you shut the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither enter yourselves, nor allow those who would enter to go in.

15: Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you traverse sea and land to make a single proselyte, and when he becomes a proselyte, you make him twice as much a child of hell as yourselves.
(via the Bible, Revised Standard Edition)

All too familiar. The Republican "leaders" are exactly the people Jesus preached against.

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