Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Ash Wednesday

When the news reached the king of Nineveh,
he rose from his throne, took off his royal robes,
covered himself with sackcloth and sat down in the dust. (Jonah 3:6)

Ever wonder what those Ninevites did that was so bad? What was their collective sin? Their king recognized that the entire community had sinned, and he led the way in repentance. Yes, those sure must have been legendary times! Our leaders do not even admit to making mistakes let alone having anything to do with collective sins. But if they did, what sin should they lead us in repenting?

Here's a hint...These men are non-persons. They are guilty until proven innocent. Indeed, how will they ever prove themselves innocent? They will not get the same type of trial that you and I --indeed even an illegal alien-- would get. They will be tried before something called a "military commission." Any statements extracted from them by torture can be used against them...but their attorneys will be forbidden to use the fact of their mistreatment in their defense.

Just yesterday a Federal Appeals Court ruled that these men have no right to challenge their detention in a Federal court, thus upholding the administration's suspension of habeas corpus.

We have declared these men non-persons. We have taken away their rights.

How many days of penance will wipe out our collective sin?

Memento homo, quia pulvis es, et in pulverem reverteris.
Remember, man, that thou art dust and unto dust thou shalt return.

1 comment:

  1. The images of Guantanamo come to mind every time I hear a politician speak of the Free World... Namo Quan Shi Yin Bosat


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