Sunday, November 7, 2010

Jesus, Sulphur and International Law. A Parable for Oklahoma

Long long ago, in land far, far away, a prince, son of The King, sent his 12 followers on a quest, telling them:
“Go to the lost sheep of this land and proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’  Do really good stuff for people.
“If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet.  Truly I tell you, it will be more bearable for Sodomville and Gomorrahburg on the day of judgment than for that town which has denied its hospitality to you..
“You see, long ago, Sodomville would greet travelers and strangers with threats of mayhem, and my Dad really taught them good that He meant it when he commanded them,  ‘Do to others as you would have them do to you.’ 
"Remember, the people of that town violated His commandment and His code of hospitality, and they were done unto by His raining down burning sulfur, killing them all."

The commandment to “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” was one of the very first of international laws.

Oklahoma has now forbidden its courts from considering international law in deliberating on how to best do justice.

And Oklahomans seem to be, well, less then welcoming to the Muslim’s among them.

If Oklahoma law is supreme, I guess the people of Oklahoma don’t have to worry about that international law involving doing unto others.

If, however, the law of the Lord is supreme, perhaps Oklahomans should consider joining Abraham and splitting for Zoar before the next rain comes.  (They say Zoar, Ohio is lovely this time of year.....  )

As Doc Luke told us, “Even some men from your own group will rise up and distort the truth in order to draw a following.  Remember Scripture, and beware the fox, who ruins the vineyards.

Many areas of American law embody the idea of “freedom of contract.”   In consensual matters, we have long promoted the idea that the parties should have the liberty to decide what law should govern their interactions.

Oklahoma has struck a mighty blow against the American concepts of freedom and liberty.

Not to say their whistling past the graveyard of the "do unto others as you would have them do unto you" concept.

Thus endeth the lesson....

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