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Thoughts from a Yellow Dog Democrat living in Olympia, in the great BLUE state of Washington

I am a liberal because it is the political philosophy of freedom and equality. And I am a progressive because it is the political path to a better future. And I am a Democrat because it is the political party that believes in freedom, equality and progress. -- Digby

Friday, February 05, 2010

Render to Caesar

I shouldn't be shocked that these Haitian children kidnappers Baptists from Idaho think they are above the law because they say 'their intentions were good'. This is a convenient rationale.

But the leader of this bunch is a particularly irresponsible and reprehensibe citizen. She's defaulted on her obligations, refused to pay employees, didn't get required paperwork for her personal business, didn't show up in court when vendors sued her for non-payment, and skipped out on fines and taxes. Her local newspaper states:
But even before Laura L. Silsby and seven other Idahoans ended up in a Haitian jail accused of trafficking in children, Silsby had a history of failing to pay debts, failing to pay her employees and failing even to follow Idaho laws.

So I have questions -- why would ANYONE follow this woman? She was a disaster waiting to happen. But then when the disaster happens, why defend her?

Many of the excuses have centered around her deeply held religious calling. Bull shit. Jesus said “Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s.” He is commanding his followers to respect the State's authority. You can save orphan children in the name of God but do it legally. This woman hasn't demonstrated any respect for Caesar or her neighbors for that matter. Don't tell me you are following Jesus' example in helping these children but then conveniently ignore his actual words instructing you to do it within the law.

Idiots. Hope you enjoy your time in a Haitian jail.

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