Distinguishing the Law

imagesEveryone is different in many ways physically, genetically, and environmentally. Nevertheless, law applies to everyone equally and the statue representing justice is blindfolded to illustrate this principle.  There is to be no favoritism with respect to the law.  However, there has been a consistent erosion of this foundation of liberty, freedom, and justice.  Today, arguments are made to set aside an equal application of law and in many instances these arguments 

prevail.  One premise is that women are so distinguished that men cannot understand or relate and therefore women must be granted exception, precedence, and/or presumption.  

Anyone may feel they are distinguished in some respect.  An example is the allegation of sexual abuse against the recent Supreme Court nominee.  A presumption was given to the accusing woman that her alleged trauma and seriousness of her allegation warranted consideration without any evidence or corroboration.  The law requires that an accusation must meet a prima facie standard, which means that there is some evidence to support the allegation, even if it may later be rebutted. Other examples are related to racial distinctions where a presumption is made that a certain ethnicity should be granted exception to equal application of the law.  These distinctions have been so emotionally charged that riots have followed various incidents and law enforcement has been curtailed in certain areas.  Finally, perhaps the worst of all distinguishing factors involves people in powerful positions or offices who by virtue of their rank in society are granted immunity from application of the law. Examples of this include allegations of crimes by various officials or famous persons who simply resign, but are never prosecuted or brought to trial.  Edward Kennedy at Chappaquiddick is an example of this exception from equal application of law.  There have been many other examples of this that have not been widely reported.

To say that God is interested in justice is an understatement.  “Do not spread false reports.  Do not help a guilty person by being a malicious witness.  Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong.  When you give testimony in a lawsuit, do not pervert justice by siding with the crowd, and do not show favoritism to a poor person in a lawsuit…. Do not deny justice to your poor people in their lawsuits.  Have nothing to do with a false charge and do not put an innocent or honest person to death, for I will not acquit the guilty.  Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds those who see and twists the words of the innocent.” (Exodus 23: 1-3, 6-8). “Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever; a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom.” (Ps. 46: 6).  May God have mercy on us and establish justice in America.


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