Several days have passed since the Slidell City Court added new portraits to the wall to keep Jesus company. 15 more were added plus a copy of the US Constitution. Since the US Constitution is already valid law, we can ignore that one. But by hanging 15 other gentlemen on the wall, the Slidell City Court has just enacted 15 new laws in the City of Slidell. And not a peep from the liberals or the ACLU. I alone must take on this fight.
My first beef is with the shoddy reporting. 15 portraits were added. Scouring the local tv sites, the Times Pic, and Google, I was able to identify 9 of the 15. Look, if the Slidell City Court is passing laws, I want to know what they are. How can I do that if I don't know who is hanging on the wall? Obviously one of the six unidentified ones gave the Slidell City Court the power to enact legislation, previously a power reserved for the legislature.
The following is a list of the 9 portraits I could identify from reports here, here and here.
1. Confucius: Confucianism is not considered a religion by everyone. So he might get a pass. On the other hand, he said "An oppressive government is more feared than a tiger". Thats some nice anti-government sentiment there. Liberals won't like that since government is the real savior. He also said: "What you do not wish for yourself, do not do to others". Very close to Jesus' golden rule. I guess Confucius has to be removed.
2. Hammurabi: He is credited with the creation of the first set of written laws, Hammurabi's Code. But he alleged to be given them by god. So it seems Hammurabi too must go. Although it would be nice to see this "If the witnesses be not at hand, then shall the judge set a limit, at the expiration of six months. If his witnesses have not appeared within the six months, he is an evil-doer, and shall bear the fine of the pending case"(law #12) apply to DA Jordan.
3. Moses: Alleged to receive the 10 commandments from God. That should get him, like Hammurabi, removed. But the US Supreme Court has allowed depictions of Moses and Hammurabi to stay. Law enacted: "You shall have no gods before me". Doesn't get more blatant than that.
4. Octavian: Strange that a ruler that seized power from the Roman Senate should be celebrated. But he did solidify Rome for several centuries. But this should merit his removal from the wall: "Upon his death in 14 AD, Augustus was declared a god by the Senate, to be worshipped by the Romans." So, now Octavian and Jesus are co-gods of Slidell.
5. Louis IX: Not only was he Catholic, he is a Saint. If that's not enough, he led 2 crusades (and failed both times). He did reform the courts, removing trial by combat and trial by ordeal (fighting, walking on coals, entertaining stuff) . But if you can't have a god on the wall, then no saints either.
6. John Marshall: The 4th chief Justice of the US Supreme Court. "He repeatedly confirmed the supremacy of federal law over state law, and supported an expansive reading of the enumerated powers." So the liberals would like that. I side with Jefferson who argued that the SC under Marshall made the Constitution "a mere thing of wax in the hands of the judiciary, which they may twist and shape into any form they please." So, Marshall is the first to stay.
7. Sir William Blackstone: It seems that Blackstone compiled four volumes of common law tradition in England. Plus he was anti-catholic to boot. This guy definitely stays.
8. Napoleon Bonaparte: Formed the Napoleonic code. It made the laws easy to understand and published them for all the people to see. Good stuff. He gets to stay.
9. Charlemagne: Another catholic. He made some economic and legal reforms while ruling the Holy Roman Empire. I guess he can stay.
As I completed writing this, I saw that the Federal judge ruled that the display can stay. Total BS. Jesus alone would have to go, but with some company, can stay. The ACLU was arguing that "a reasonable observer looking upon this display would understand its message to be an endorsement of the Eastern Orthodox sect of Christianity and veneration of Eastern Orthodox religious icon...". I guess putting up other pictures negated that since the judge said Jesus by himself would have to come down. Maybe the City Court of Slidell has endorsed all these figures as deities worthy of worship in Slidell. The ACLU should be enraged. They have no more important battles to fight than this. Surely this will be the most important case on the US Supreme Court docket. It will shape the future of below-par artwork in government buildings for years to come.