January 25, 2006

by Reb Yudel
Bush's Biblical Values (c.f. Midrash on the Tower of Babel)

What was so bad about the trying to build a tower to heaven? Jewish tradition explains that the building project valued bricks above human life. If a brick were to fall off the tower, there would be hell to pay; but no-one mourned when a worker was killed.

Courtesy of AmericaBlog, here's a disheartening sign of how the worst sort of Biblical values rule the courts of Bush's America:

No Prison Time for Soldier Held in Iraqi's Death

FORT CARSON, Colo., Jan. 23 (AP) - A military jury ordered a reprimand but no jail time Monday for an Army interrogator convicted of negligent homicide in the death of an Iraqi general who died after he stuffed him headfirst into a sleeping bag and sat on his chest.
War Protester Sentenced to 6 Months for Damaging Upstate Recruiting Station
Expressing doubt that incarceration would make the defendant reform or repent, a federal judge nevertheless sentenced an antiwar campaigner on Monday to serve six months in prison for his role in damaging a military recruiting center during a protest in 2003.

"You have obvious contempt for the laws of the U.S., and it bothers me," the judge, Thomas McAvoy of United States District Court, told the protester, Daniel J. Burns.

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