Today during our Wild at Heart study group, we watched a clip from the movie Les Miserables.
The scene: Fantine (played by Uma Thurman) has just been sentenced to 6 months in prison for some incident by Inspector Javert (portrayed by Geoffrey Rush). Jean Valjean (played by Liam Neeson) comes to her defense with new evidence. Inspector Javert cites the letter of the law without any grace or compassion or leniency (these three traits were pointed out by the leader of our study group) contrary to what evidence has been provided by Jean Valjean. Jean Valjean, therefore, by letter of the law has Inspector Javert released of duty and frees Fantine.
When I see Judge Roy Moore and the Ten Commandments, I see the same evil as portrayed by Inspector Javert. There are all types of arguments that are given for both sides, but none of them have the same argument that I present as follows:
When a person walks into the Court House and sees the Ten Commandments, they lose all hope for seeing any leniency or compassion in judging. The see the representation of a “hanging judge” in that marble slab. They see as we saw in the Les Miserables only the desire and ability to give the maximum sentence for the crime regardless of evidence and circumstance….
It may or may not be what Roy Moore intended to be provoked. But that is what I think most defendents feel….