Wednesday, October 05, 2005

See What Praying Can Get You?

The New York Times discovers Harriet Miers' true qualification for the high court in George Bush’s mind.

By 1979, Harriet E. Miers, then in her mid-30's, had accomplished what some people take a lifetime to achieve. She was a partner at Locke Purnell Boren Laney & Neely, one of the most prestigious law firms in the South, with an office on the 35th floor of the Republic National Bank Tower in downtown Dallas.

But she still felt something was missing in her life, and it was after a series of long discussions - rambling conversations about family and religion and other matters that typically stretched from early evening into the night - with Nathan L. Hecht, a junior colleague at the law firm, that she made a decision that many of the people around her say changed her life.

"She decided that she wanted faith to be a bigger part of her life," Justice Hecht, who now serves on the Texas Supreme Court, said in an interview. "One evening she called me to her office and said she was ready to make a commitment" to accept Jesus Christ as her savior and be born again, he said. He walked down the hallway from his office to hers, and there amid the legal briefs and court papers, Ms. Miers and Justice Hecht "prayed and talked," he said.

She was baptized not long after that, at the Valley View Christian Church.
So, she was a partner in a Texas law firm, she felt all empty inside –- go figure –- and so she “found” Jesus. Because that’s what the court needs more of – a person so lacking in critical thought that she accepts a popular book of colorful allegories as historical truth. I know someone who says “beam me up, Scotty” every time he leaves a room. Should he be on the Supreme Court too?

But fine, so she thinks Christ was crucified for our sins and literally rose from the dead. Let’s just hope she remembers one of His greatest hits.
  • Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
  • Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.
  • Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land.
  • Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.
  • Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
  • Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.
  • Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
  • Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
  • Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you (falsely) because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.
  • I’ve known a few of these so-called evangelicals, and they tend to not be so much with the mercy and the peacemaking.

    Oh yeah, and what’s Jesus’ stance on the lottery? He didn’t strike me as much of a gambler. Hey, Peter, when you go out for more anointing oil, could you find out yesterday’s Pick 4 numbers for Me? Sweet.

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