Prominent Methodist’s Strong Critique of Methodist Bush’s Libby Commutation
Wow! The editor of a major Methodist publication, while noting that George W. Bush is also a Methodist and “brother in Christ,” is sharply critical of Bush’s action to keep Scooter Libby for sending even a single day in jail.
Cynthia B. Astle also cites several other commentaries condemning the action, including conservative sources. She doesn’t use the word “hypocrite” but she comes real close:
If, as our denominational leadership repeats endlessly, the UMC's mission is "To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world, then we must analyze how the action of the United Methodist layman in the White House has deleteriously transformed the American legal system“ to say nothing of the blot on his soul.
You need not take my word for it. In the past four days, pols and pundits high and low have responded with incredulity and outrage to President Bush's commutation of Libby's sentence, which Bush contends was "too harsh." Most legal experts have said that Libby's commutation has been 1) exactly the opposite of the arguments used by the U.S. Justice Department itself in nearly 3,000 other federal cases and 2) likely to set a precedent throughout the legal system that, in effect, completely overturns the U.S. ideal of "equal justice before the law."