Mississippi Judge Ordered to Remove Burning Cross
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Mississippi Judge Ordered to Remove
Twelve-foot Burning Cross From Courthouse
by Brian Briggs
Jackson, MS - Judge Clinton Marburger continued his refusal
to comply with a federal court ruling which ordered him to
remove a twelve-foot tall burning cross from his courtroom.
The state faces fines and loss of federal funding if the cross
is not removed before Friday at midnight.
"The cross is a symbol of God which is the moral basis for our
laws," said Judge Marburger. "It's not endorsing any particular
form of religion. All Christian denominations recognize the
cross as an important symbol, so it really shouldn't be an issue."
"Furthermore," continued Judge Marburger, "the cross in my
courtroom symbolizes the sacrifice that we all make in meting
out justice, and the flames symbolize the warm feelings we
have for all those who pass through our doors. Who could
object to that?"
Supporters of Judge Marburger held hands on the courthouse
steps and sang choruses of "Amazing Grace" and "My Mammy"
during an overnight, cross-light vigil.
"Everyone knows that Jesus died on the cross, so why
wouldn't we want to burn it? I mean would Jesus want to
come back and see all these crosses around? I don't think
he would want to be reminded of that time," questioned
Tom Hayder, a supporter from Biloxi.
Other supporters wondered when the separation of church
and state madness would end. Cheryl White from Jackson
worried, "First they forbid the ten commandments in Alabama,
now our burning cross in Mississippi. Next thing you know,
they'll want to stop the re-enactments of the crucifixion
during sentencing that the court in Texas does!"
The perpetually burning cross was installed late one night in July,
and met with immediate objections from Civil Rights groups
who decried it as a hateful symbol of racism and intolerance.
"Those people just don't understand," retorted Marburger.
"When I make rulings in my courtroom, I take no consideration
into the race or religious affiliation of the unseemly heathen,
mostly black defendants in my courtroom."
A federal court ruled that not only did the burning cross
promote a religion, but that Judge Marburger was "out of
his fucking mind and should be removed from the bench
with extreme prejudice."
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