I started to write this article by saying Pastor Manning was guilty of a number of silly things, like “bad acting” or some such. But the “guilty verdict” from the sideshow trial of Barack Obama at his Harlem church is much more serious than that. It strikes at the heart of American justice. For those of you who have never read it, let me cite this part of the United States Constitution:
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.
The Pastor Manning “Blood of Jesus v Obama” trial was not heard by an impartial jury. It was heard by volunteers who showed up for the purpose of voting guilty. There was no defense, and no cross examination of witnesses. Putting aside the fact that the entire process was play acting, even the play acting violated the most sacred principles of American justice.
Manning is not just wrong and not just silly; he is fundamentally Un-American.