Tookie Williams Died For Our Sins?
You think comparing Bush to Hitler is innapropriate? Well, you’re right — it is — but, I can top it. Just wait until you see who The Huffington Post’s RJ Eskow is comparing executed quadruple murderer and Crips co-founder Tookie Williams to….
“This season, America celebrates a holiday whose premise is that God himself came to Earth — and was given the death penalty. Tookie Williams died at Midnight on the Feast Day for Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mother of God and patron saint of the Americas. How fitting that the GOP and the Religious Right lobbied for the execution — and that Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Catholic whose church opposes the death penalty, made the final decision.
Celebrity executions, from Jesus to Tookie Williams, have whatever meaning human actions give them. And the meaning of Tookie’s? That the Religious Right, that bastion of politicized pseudo-religion and hypocritical power-grabbing, pronounced its own spiritual death by shouting hosannahs for his execution — as it has done for the anonymous dead before him.
No disrespect is intended by calling the Crucifixion a “celebrity execution.” Quite the contrary — the power and meaning of the Christ story as it was taught to me is just that: that God Himself would come to Earth anonymously and died despised and forgotten by all but a few, only to be redeemed on behalf of all. His celebrity came later, as a result of His sacrifice. The significance of the death lies in its affirmation of life, in the understanding of believers that it was an act of love — love for life and the living.”
Sure — Tookie Williams was just like Jesus. Don’t you remember Jesus and his gang, the disciples, busting caps on foos to teach them a little respect for the J to the E to the sus? Oh wait, that’s not exactly how it went.
Also, you know, if Eskow was determined to compare someone to Jesus here, shouldn’t it have been the people Tookie Williams murdered in cold blood? At least they were innocent victims and you could add that they’ve certainly been “forgotten by all but a few” Tookie supporters.
Hat tip to Brainster’s Blog for the story.
*** Update #1 ***: Zombietime was at the “Save Tookie” rally at San Quentin before the king Crip was dispatched and it sounds like the moonbats put on one heck of a show. This pic should give you a general idea of what it was like: