From: James Williams
To: Horst Sommer Jan-31-94 23:17:00
Subject: Contempt of Court
Re: Laws and Religion
> PM>Note also that once in a courtroom the judge can jail you for any reason a
> PM>all and call it contempt. This process of being charges with contempt does
> PM>not etself require due process of law - submitting a defence etc.
Contempt of Court is the last remaining expression of the ancient crime
of "lese majeste," which means to show a lack of due respect for the
authority of the king.
To doubt the authority of the king was a much more serious crime than
some little offense like rape or murder, because it struck at the very heart
of the power of the crown.
In the august presence of the king, one did not even dare to look
directly at His Munificence. Only the animals could, hence the saying "a cat
may look at a king."
Under the biblical turanny of Fuhrer Moses, the worst crime was not to
violate Yahweh's Ten Commandments. It was to question whether the Mosaic
despotism was becoming too monarchical, and whether perhaps all men
are actually created equal.
This "lese majeste" is savagely condemned in both Old and New Testaments
as worse than any other crime. It is called the Rebellion of Korah, and was
pinished by earthquake and then by fire consuming 250 innocent followers of
Korah. This was Waco, Texas, in the Sinai Desert. The name Korah is
interstingly close to Koresh.
Today's "lese majeste" is contempt of court. Trust a Mormon Bishop to
puch this archaic absurdity to such a ridiculous limit. Send him a post card
to tell him to keep his religious bigotry out of the civil justice system.
Write to Bishop Timothy W. Tower, 4838 Jellett St., San Diego CA USA.
Better still, call your nearest Mormon Church and tell them the
fanaticism of their Bishop Tower, Tenth Ward, San Diego, is an offense to
common decency and ask them to report it to Salt Lake City. The Church
hierarchy will then help straighten him out. They WILL report it because they
have a very efficient communications system.
In jailing a man seven times for declining to mouth a silly oath the
judge was acting within the law, albeit a bad law. His church is the best wat
to influence him to wither secularize his courtroom or find a new job. The LDS
church knows that fanatical religious bigotry is bad for their church.
Forcibly imposed oaths are an anachronism in our time, and EVERY oath,
with or without the name of a deity, is a RELIGIOUS observance.