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Clause 5

From Living in the Kingdom on the Trayvon murder case and Senator Rush’shoodie debacle

The invitation of Palm Sunday is an invitation to solidarity with the poor and the oppressed, an invitation to “the things that lead to peace.” Such an act as standing for a victim of injustice over against the authority of a State which refuses to concede its authority is very much in the spirit of Palm Sunday and Holy Week. To say, in essence, “if we are silent, even the rocks will cry out… that’s how serious this is” in the face of an empire which demands silence and denial for the preservation of its own power is often an act of discipleship. Jesus said, “All who want to come after me must say no to themselves, take up their cross daily, and follow me.” (Luke 9:23 CEB) Getting reprimanded and escorted away every once in a while should come as no surprise.

I disagree.

Senator Rush was not escorted out for speaking in the face of “empire.”

He was escorted out because “clause 5” that says you can’t wear hats. I’m sure Senator Rush was aware of this “prohibition” and knew what kind of media blitz he could create by wearing a hoodie in congress.

This is far different than being a “victim of injustice.”

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