The non-woke gentleman from North Carolina

“One of the finest speeches you will hear in this or any other year.” ~ Gerard Van der Leun

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This dude is going places.

You could do worse than check in on The American Digest every morning to see what Gerard Van der Leun has come up with.

Today I found a speech by one Mark Robinson, a candidate for lieutenant governor in North Carolina. He grew up in an impoverished house as the 9th of 10 children abd experienced alcoholism and domestic abuse first hand.

I prefer the written word to videos, but a text doesn’t do justice to oratory if it’s real oratory. And Mark Robinson does real, old-school oratory.

What’s really interesing, however, is that he’s black, but his audience appears to be mostly white, and they are cheering like crazy. His message is explicitly evangelical Christian, and I contend that nothing can bring the races together like a share Christian faith.

He speaks about the black experience, and he is decidely not woke. Enjoy:

~ Toxophily

Maybe John Roberts is just stupid

robertsThe Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court has ruled against a church that was appealing Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak’s order limiting churches to 50 attendees while allowing other businesses to operate at half capacity.

John wrote the opinion, noting that “the Order exempts or treats more leniently only dissimilar activities, such as operating grocery stores, banks, and laundromats,”

Good catch there, John.

“This is a simple case,” Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote in a dissent. “Under the Governor’s edict, a 10-screen ‘multiplex’ may host 500 moviegoers at any time. A casino, too, may cater to hundreds at once, with perhaps six people huddled at each craps table here and a similar number gathered around every roulette wheel there.”

John didn’t catch that one.

John got down in the weeds of public health: “[Local officials] should not be subject to second-guessing by an ‘une-lected federal judiciary,’ which lacks the background, com-petence, and expertise to assess public health and is not ac-countable to the people.”

Another good catch, John.

But he notes: “The precise question of when restrictions on particular social activities should be lifted during the pandemic is a dynamic and fact-intensive matter subject to reasonable disagreement. … here, a party seeks emergency relief in an interlocutory posture, while local of-ficials are actively shaping their response to changing facts on the ground.”

No, John, this is not about the facts of the Kung Flu. Stop playing doctor, John. This is about the U.S. Constitution which explicitly forbids making laws respecting an establishment of religion. The Constitution of the United States of America.

John, are you defending the U.S. Constitution or a health bureacrat?

Think, John.

~ Homologate

A word for this Christmas season

The Aramaic term maranatha is variously translated as “Our Lord has come” or “Come, our lord!” It’s up to the translators to sort it out.

The two-word term appears once in the New Testament in 1 Corinthians 16:22–16:22: Let anyone be accursed who has no love for the Lord. Our Lord, come!

If you wish to express the accursed part, you say anathema maranatha. The meaning of the Greek anathema came to be “anything dedicated to evil” or “a curse.” Taken together the two terms suggest that anyone who doesn’t love God will be accursed because The Lord is coming or has come.

Today maranatha is often chanted aloud or silently as a meditation.

These singers from the Diocese of St. Benedict perform “Maranatha Come Lord Jesus” by Janèt Sullivan Whitaker.

~ Eustace