Equal Protection Under Obama
by Michael G. Mickey
Like many basketball fans who watched the final seconds of the Butler-Pittsburgh game in the NCAA tournament yesterday, I was amazed to see two game-changing fouls occur as the clock was running out on what seemed a certain Butler victory.
First, a Pittsburgh player was dribbling up court with Butler ahead 70-69 with mere seconds left to play. He was racing to what surely would've been a desperate buzzer-beating heave he likely would've missed when he was fouled by a Butler player near midcourt. After hitting one free throw to tie the game at 70, the Pittsburgh player missed and Butler rebounded with 1.4 seconds left. Then came the second bizarre foul. As the Butler player pulled the rebound down cleanly, a Pittsburgh player grabbed his left arm resulting in a foul being called. The Butler player subsequently made a free throw to secure the win for his team then missed a second one, probably on purpose. Pittsburgh rebounded and the game was over.
About now you're probably wondering if I'm ever going to get to the subject of this commentary, but stick with me because I have a point to make.
In the aftermath of the game, I heard an individual in charge of officiating field some questions about the two bizarre fouls. Concerning the first foul, he said a foul was called because a foul was committed. Imagine that! Concerning the second foul, which occurred with just 0.8 seconds left, he said a foul had been called because a foul had been committed. Again, imagine that! A foul is a foul, no matter when it occurs in a game, no matter which team benefits or is hurt as a result of a referee calling said foul.
Fair play. What a concept!
A foul is a foul
By now most everyone in the Christian community is aware that President Obama, completely disregarding the law that is the Defense of Marriage Act, has directed his Justice Department not to defend it. Why? Because he, Barack Obama, has decided the law isn't constitutional --- even though the law is on the books in good standing and the Justice Department is to defend it from attack as such.
Clearly, a foul isn't a foul where the Obama administration is concerned. A foul is only called a foul if the calling of a foul benefits the administration's political platform and ideals.
Now we're learning that the Obama administration is ready to take action against school bullies. That's something we can all get behind, right? You'd think so, but read on.
On the topic of bullying in schools, the Department of Justice's website states:
The Civil Rights Division and the entire Justice Department are committed to ending bullying and harassment in schools, and the video highlights the Department’s authority to enforce federal laws that protect students from discrimination and harassment at school because of their race, national origin, disability, religion, and sex, including harassment based on nonconformity with gender stereotypes.
The enforcement of the Equal Protection Clause, Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 in school districts is a top priority of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.
The Washington Times has found a disturbing catch in the Obama Justice Department's policy, one I believe every American should see and be upset by in a nation where we're all constitutionally promised equal protection under the law. Here's how the Times describes what equal protection under Obama looks like where school bullying is concerned:
Here is the catch. DOJ will only investigate bullying cases if the victim is considered protected under the 1964 Civil Rights legislation. In essence, only discrimination against a victim’s race, sex, national origin, disability, or religion will be considered by DOJ. The overweight straight white male who is verbally and/or physically harassed because of his size can consider himself invisible to the Justice Department.
Apparently, the Justice Department is going by George Orwell’s famous Animal Farm ending: “All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.”
This isn't the first time the Obama Justice Department has been accused of seeing "some as more equal than others" when it comes to the enforcement of law. As many of you will recall, members of the New Black Panther Party committed voter intimidation in Philadelphia during the presidential elections that brought President Obama to power and were even captured on videotape doing so. What did the Obama Justice Department ultimately dole out as punishment for that? Nothing, essentially. One member of the New Black Panthers was ordered not to brandish a weapon outside a polling place ever again and charges were dropped against others involved. Does that sound like justice? Not to me.
In Scripture we're told that the Lord loves justice (Psalm 37:28) and that He judges in righteousness (Psalm 119:137). The Department of Justice is obligated by the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution to provide all citizens equal protection under the law and we should demand it.
A foul is a foul and anyone can be fouled
Equal protection under Obama? I'm seeing a very disturbing pattern emerging, one that falls way short of righteousness by anyone's objective definition. Equal protection under the law on the other hand? It can and has been done in the United States of America. It's time for us to get back to that. Why? Because a foul is a foul and anyone - yes anyone - can be fouled.