So many things have me shaking my head this week. Thoughts on a few of them:
Paula Deen should not have her life destroyed over something she said decades ago. When you look at the facts and circumstances of things, it looks like 1) Her admission of using the "n-word" years ago came in a deposition given in a harassment suit brought by a white ex-employee of one of her restaurants (the only reason I can think of for her to be asked this question is to go to showing a pattern of harassment and denigration of her employees, as the plaintiff is white), 2) She used the word in a private conversation with her husband, describing a robbery at the bank at which she worked, during which a gun was held to her head. As Paula said, "I didn't feel real favorable to him."
Are we incapable of extending grace? Since when has the standard for judging someone innocent of racism perfection? Are we not allowed to make stupid slips of the tongue, even under duress?
The SCOTUS handed down some disappointing opinions this week, which certainly seem more politically motivated than based in law. I may be a bit fuzzy on how things work, but it certainly seems to me that the Justice Department saying outright they would not defend DOMA was the beginning of the end for the Act. Isn't Justice tasked with making sure the laws of the land are upheld? Since when do they get to decide they don't like a given law, and therefore do not have to work to maintain it?
Over on Twitter, someone was praising the opinion, using the hashtag "#lovewins". I had to laugh - Love Wins is the title of Rob Bell's heretical book from a couple of years ago claiming that there is no hell, no punishment for sin, that God is love and love only. There's some irony for you.
It's weeks like this that make me glad to know my true citizenship isn't here, but in heaven.