Charles Pierce writes for Esquire magazine. He’s a hardcore Leftist who hates Donald Trump and now Judge Roy Moore. Pierce has described Moore as “a lawless theocratic lunatic.” It’s true that Judge Moore “lost his job as chief justice of that state’s supreme court twice” by defying “the authority of the federal court system.” This, of course, made him lawless.
Next, Pierce accuses Judge Moore of being theocratic by citing the following from him:
“God is sovereign over our government, over our law. When we exclude ‘Him’ from our lives, exclude ‘Him’ from our courts, then they will fail. We’ve forgotten that God is intimately connected with this nation. Without God there would be no freedom to believe what you want.”
As I mentioned in a previous article, our founders recognized that our rights come from God and not the State. It’s a fact that religion, specifically, the Christian religion, had a lasting impact on the founding of our nation. You can read it in the colonial charters, state constitutions, various laws, and official and unofficial documents of the time.
Here’s a free downloadable PDF book I wrote: “The Case for America’s Christian Heritage.”
Did you know, following the definitional criteria of Charles Pierce, that Martin Luther King, Jr. was also “lawless” and “theocratic.” He broke existing law and appealed to the Bible and religious leaders to make his case. But for people like Pierce, that’s OK because King was trying to make right a moral wrong. Only liberals can be lawless and theocratic by appealing to the Bible (or nothing at all) to justify their claims against their definition of what unjust.
Let’s look at some of King’s thoughts on God and civil disobedience. The following quotations are taken from King’s “Letter From a Birmingham Jail” (April 16, 1963). Note how he starts the defense for his actions:
- I am in Birmingham because injustice is here. Just as the [biblical] prophets of the eighth century B.C. left their villages and carried their “thus saith the Lord” far beyond the boundaries of their hometowns, and just as the Apostle Paul left his village of Tarsus and carried the gospel of Jesus Christ to the far corners of the Greco-Roman world, so am I compelled to carry the gospel of freedom beyond my own hometown. Like Paul, I must constantly respond to the Macedonian call for aid.
- One may well ask: “How can you advocate breaking some laws and obeying others?” The answer lies in the fact that there are two types of laws: just and unjust. I would be the first to advocate obeying just laws. One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws. I would agree with St. Augustine that “an unjust law is no law at all.”