What the wicked dreads will overtake him; what the righteous desire will be granted. [Proverbs 10:24]
The state of justice in America
America is losing its sense of justice. As God is removed from the courtrooms and from every area of public life, so goes the source of justice.
On the one hand, politically correct rulings without any sort of legal precedent have been handed down by the nation’s high courts. On the other, anti-family and anti-religious bigotry are still on the rise and being upheld by courts at every level.
Court decisions have all but mandated the replacement of Christianity with secular humanism. Eastern mysticism, New Age pantheism, and almost any other religiously oriented philosophy is accepted freely, while anything that even hints of a Christian value system is scorned and reviled.
It’s not just the courts which are affected either. As God is removed from every aspect of public life, so the source of justice is also removed from our legislatures and enforcement agencies. As God is removed from our schools, children are no longer being taught the virtues of justice. While all this is happening, crime is raging in our streets.
It is apparent that we have lost our legal and moral moorings because we have lost contact with the very touchstone of law and order.
Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator–who is forever praised. Amen. Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion. Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them. [Romans 1:24-32]
In an American Scholar article (Winter 1993), Senator Moynihan made an interesting point. The 1929 St. Valentine’s Day Massacre merits two entries in the World Book Encyclopedia. It resulted in the Constitution being changed and Prohibition being ended. Why? Seven gangsters were killed by four rival gunmen in Chicago. At the time, that was considered so appalling, so heinous, that it became the standard against which to measure horrible crimes for decades to come. Today, however, that sort of thing happens with such frequency in this country, that on most occasions it doesn’t even make the news. Moynihan calls this “defining deviancy down.” We are, he points out, getting used to behavior that is not good for us. When some form of deviant behavior gets out of hand, we simply redefine it as normal and learn to live with it. “We keep the level of punishment more or less constant in our society by redefining deviancy,” he writes. But once we start “defining deviancy down,” why stop with drugs? Street violence is equally difficult to control. Should we legalize it? What about sex crimes? Carry the logic far enough, and we can eliminate crime altogether.
It may be the best system available in the world today,
but it is not just.
|In Florida, a forty-eight-year-old man sentenced to life in prison for raping a thirteen-year-old girl with muscular dystrophy was released when the Second District Court of Appeals ruled that the rapist had been convicted with the wrong charge. The charge, “sexual battery of a helpless person,” was deemed unfair in the court’s opinion since the girl had screamed for help and tried to push the man away. Instead of the maximum thirty-year sentence, the rapist served only a few months for battery.|
|A Philadelphia mother was cleared of murder charges in the smothering death of her infant daughter. Judge Lisa Richette cleared the woman because, as she explained, the child had lingered in a coma before she eventually died, and the court was not convinced the mother was guilty of “murder.”|
|In New Jersey, the supreme court decided that a robber convicted of purse snatching had been wrongly sentenced since he slipped the purse off the victim’s arm quietly and did not actually “snatch” it.|
|The Pennsylvania Supreme Court vacated the death sentence of a convicted murderer because the deputy district attorney had cited the Bible in his closing arguments. The prosecutor, not the murderer, was severely admonished by the justices and a new sentencing was ordered. Later, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the ruling.|
|Electronics retailer Radio Shack recently settled a claim by a man who said post-traumatic stress, caused by his previous robbery of a Radio Shack store, was to blame for his robbery of the store a second time. Many such cases are being settled rather than submitted to the antics of lawyer theatrics and sympathetic juries.|
|AIDS proliferates under the protection of political agendas, while those who speak to the causes and recommend cures such as abstention, monogamy, and heterosexuality are branded as naive at best or as bigoted, homosphobic, or guilty of hate crimes at worst.|
|Abortion is now a politically protected choice. Those who challenge the issue from a perspecitve of morality are ignored or scoffed, and those who protest are marginalized or jailed. We murder our babies as a means of birth control, and society applauds it as progress.|
|Adultery is excused in the White House under the supposition that one’s personal life is not any of our business. Never mind the women and families who are victims of the President’s sexual indiscretions.|
Truth has been sacrificed on the altar of moral relativism and we are expected to abandon any hope of absolute truth. Those who strive to find truth are ridiculed as being narrow-minded and prosecuted as being “intolerant.”
If you look at popular culture and TV shows or go to any major university you will find that the ideals of the 1960s generation are alive and well. They march under different labels now: political correctness, gender politics, environmentalism, or peace studies. But they are all based on the same misguided premise held by the ’60s radicals: that Utopia is possible. They think that a centralized governmental authority can bring us Utopia.
The common spiritual thread that bonds these people is the attitude of cultural radicalism and the sexual revolution carried over from the 1960s. Theirs is an anti-American credo, which abhors American political and governmental institutions and this nation’s capitalistic economy. Their value system is at war with the Judeo-Christian tradition upon which this country was founded and is centered in secular humanism and moral relativism. Theirs is the “me” generation, which seeks immediate gratification, presumably because there is no spiritual tomorrow. Their God is not spiritual or personal. Their God is in every fiber of nature and is impersonal. He is just as much a part of the plant and animal kingdom as he is a part of the human soul; thus, their pantheistic devotion to animals and the environment. Their God did not give them dominion over nature and the animal kingdom, positioning them at the top rung of the hierarchy of creation, as did the Judeo-Christian God who inspired Genesis. As their emphasis is on this world, they cling to the belief that man is morally perfectible and that Utopia on earth is achievable.
It may be politically correct, but it’s NOT just.
When the United States was founded there were three crimes under federal law. Today there are more than three thousand. Most of these crimes did not spring from any easily understood universal moral law, such as those prohibiting murder, theft, kidnapping, or perjury. The new crimes sprang from the desire of special interests to force people to conform to the dictates of an all-encompassing, politically correct liberal welfare state hell bent on promoting their state-enforced morality.
The American system of justice was once the model for the world. Fair, logical, universal justice was a standard we demonstrated to the world, the American judges were once the epitome of sound and godly wisdom. That is no longer true.
Consider the ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Susan Webber Wright in dismissing all charges in the Paula Jones sexual harassment lawsuit against President Clinton. Judge Wright used her judicial power to block the truth from being revealed in a court of law. Jones had alleged that Clinton exposed himself to her and asked her for oral sex inside a room in the Excelsior Hotel in Little Rock, Ark., in May 1991 when he was state governor and she was a low-level government employee. “Although the governor’s alleged conduct, if true, may certainly be characterized as boorish and offensive, even a most charitable reading of the record in this case fails to reveal a basis for a claim of criminal sexual assault as there is no alleged conduct that could be characterized as forcible compulsion,” the judge said in her ruling.
In a stunning defeat of truth and justice, once again “Slick Willie” slips through a sex scandal, this time greased by a federal judge. Judge Wright’s ruling said nothing about the factual dispute over what happened between Jones and Clinton in the Little Rock hotel room in 1991, only that Jones could not meet the legal threshold to win a claim of sexual harassment.
Read the full text of Judge Wrights ruling here.
It is an adversarial system pitting the plaintiff and their manipulative attorneys against the defendant and their manipulative attorneys – all at the expense of truth.
Ninety percent of all criminal cases do not go to trial because the offender pleads guilty to a lesser charge. “The justice system is a revolving door for convicted predatory street criminals,” says John DiIulio, Jr., a professor at Princeton University and a fellow in governmental studies at the Brookings Institution, “the vast majority of whom enter the system by plea-bargaining, exit it before serving even half of their time in confinement and make a cruel joke out of the terms of their ‘community-based supervision.” [Cited in Rush Limbaugh, “Whatever Happened to Punishment?” The Limbaugh Letter, July 1994.]
In courtrooms around the country we are watching the collapse of the criminal justice system. It has reached the point where the most heinous acts imaginable can be excused and explained away as merely the fruit of a “bad upbringing,” or because of “mental stress” or other extenuating circumstances.
How long, O LORD, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, “Violence!” but you do not save? Why do you make me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrong? Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife, and conflict abounds. Therefore the law is paralyzed, and justice never prevails. The wicked hem in the righteous, so that justice is perverted. – Habakak 1:2-4
We have seen a proliferation of lawsuits in our country. We have 70 percent of all the lawyers in the world. We have 750,000 lawyers. The cost of legal activity in America is between 200 and 300 billion dollars a year. Our legal system has become crazy. As it stands now, anyone can sue anyone else for almost anything. Cases proliferate, lawyers proliferate, and craziness seems to rule in some courts over common sense and reason.
|Some lawyers filled with the arrogance of their successes act more like bullies than people you can look to for defending the law. New York class-action super lawyer Jonathan Selbin of Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein and wife Jenny Needleman Selbin is suing their neighbor for smoking in her own apartment. Mr. Selbin’s neighbor was unusually feisty in going to the media to fight back, at least for a while. After Mr. Selbin had written her that he had a legal advantage, because he and his wife “are both lawyers, and both litigators, for whom the usual barriers to litigation are minimal,” she decided to settle. Mr. Selbin wrote, “I have recovered more than $2 billion in cash for consumers defrauded by companies. I am proud of what I do.” He wouldn’t say how much of the $2 billion he kept.|
|In Philadelphia, a psychic who went in to have an MRI CAT scan claimed that when she got through the CAT scan she had lost her psychic powers. She sued her doctor and collected $1 million from the court for loss of psychic powers.|
|In a New York subway station, Bernard McCummings and one of his associates mugged 70-year-old Jerome Sandusky. As the thugs fled, a Transit Police Officer shot McCummings in the spine, paralyzing him from the waist down. While serving a two-year jail term for the mugging, he sued the Transit Police for using “excessive force.” A New York jury agreed, awarding him $4.3 million. [Rush Limbaugh, “Equal Time,” The Limbaugh Letter, February 1994.]|
|The culprits behind the high cost of auto insurance are expensive and excessive lawsuits for intangible noneconomic damages, and the rampant fraud and abuse that inflate those damages. Because attorneys for drivers who bring suit often receive up to one-third of any awarded damages, they have the incentive to exaggerate damage claims. Defense attorneys, who are paid by the hour, have a similar incentive to drag out cases as long as possible. These incentives drive up insurance costs which are passed on to consumers. (A California study estimated that 40 cents of every dollar paid for premiums to cover bodily injury liability and uninsured motorist protection goes to lawyers.)|
Little by little, the courts have been eaten away by liberal values and a socialized agenda to redefine and restructure the moral systems of this nation. Since the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, an activist judiciary propelled by interest groups using the courts to remake the social order, has rendered opinions or laid the groundwork for an assault on the primacy of the family, a revision of the nature of economic and social liberty, an assault on the sanctity of life, and an abandonment of the rule of law itself.
The Supreme Court’s attempt to overthrow Law in order to legalize and legitimize murder has led to the inevitable – a disregard of or contempt for law. I say the Court’s “attempt” for the Court can no more overturn Law and legalize murder than they can overturn the law of gravity. God’s immutable commandment – “Thou shall not murder” – has forever made murder illegal. The Court’s lawlessness is breeding lawlessness. The Court cannot betray the foundation of law and civilization – the Ten Commandments – and then expect a people to act “lawful” and “civilized.”