I’m glad violations of law are morally neutral

Mayor Andy Berke of Chattanooga, talking with reporters at an anti-hate committee event at Camp House, allows his police department to operate outside the scope of the Tennessee shipping law, despite having been given notice Feb. 20, 2018, that doing so is a threat to the people and a violation of the law. (Photo David Tulis)

I’m glad to know that according to the average Christian in Hamilton County the abuses I report on as journalist are morally neutral and not worth getting upset about. 

By David Tulis / 92.7 NoogaRadio

I’m glad to know that the arrest of Jimmy Lee Moore, going to a meeting about drug addiction, being interrupted by a traffic stop and an illegal arrest, is morally neutral, and that his being injured in the county jail is morally neutral. 

I’m glad to know that it is morally neutral for carpenter John Luman, tootling down Highway 27 and getting off at an off ramp at Red Bank — that his arrest under the shipping statute is morally neutral, that his harassment four times on the same charges are not an evil to be hated.

I’m glad the arrest and seizure of Edgar Vasquez-Diaz of Chattanooga, a family man after years in the United States, and his surrender by Sheriff Jim Hammond to ICE and deportation, is morally neutral. 

I’m glad that the beating of Frederico Wolfe by city police officer Benjamin Piazza, who illicitly and in malice used the shipping statute against a private traveler, replete with it execrable profanity, gun drawn and a beating about the face — I’m glad that this is morally neutral and there is nothing to see here, just move along.

I’m glad that the false arrest and false Terry patdown of the shoeshop owner Noah McLemore was morally neutral and that his tears in recounting the harassment by Chattanooga police department are not a sign he was unjustly treated, and that his harassment was simply a mistake and that he was not a victim by any stretch of the imagination. I’m glad that the whole event was morally neutral.  

I’m glad that the city police department’s participation in a raid of a pastor’s family with his daughter and son-in-law in their six children, with firearms aimed at children roused from their bed taken into the parking lot, was morally neutral. 

I’m glad that it is not a sin for police here and across the state to use the motor and other vehicles law, by which the state regulates for the for-hire use of the road (transportation or shipping) — this custom and usage is not a sin, and not even a crime, even though the human distress for decades is untold, with many in prison on account of the extra-legal but judicially sanctioned violations.

I’m glad it’s not a moral evil or a matter of right and wrong that the term public offense is construed broadly in the statue that lets officers arrest people without a warrant, in 11 limited circumstances. I’m glad that the current reading of that phrase is broad which means that police can routinely arrest people without a warrant despite the 11 exceptions.

I’m glad it’s not seen by Christian people as a moral evil that the part in the Tennessee code that very clearly reflects God’s law when it comes to crimes is ignored. That provision is found at Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-11-301, the mens rea or guilty intent law. This law is reflective of God’s look into the heart, and He requires that when there is intent to take a life that that intent be rewarded with capital punishment. The mens rea statute and American common law cover all crimes except those few which are called strict liability and the prosecution of which does not require an allegation or approving of the intent of the accused. 

I’m glad that Christians don’t feel the need to defend God through defending this law and insisting that this law be obeyed by judges, by district attorneys such as Neal Pinkston and, by police officers who are the regular and routine accusers of members of the public, and by everybody else in the police growth industry.

I’m glad Christian people don’t lament the compromise made in the fetal heartbeat bill which would have put into the statute that it is all right to kill a baby so long his heart beat cannot be detected by electronic measuring devices. It is good that this bill was morally neutral, that such bills don’t go too far and defending God and his claims upon mankind and operates for a seeming good, in the public realm. Neutral. Neutrality.

I’m glad that it is morally neutral that police officers don’t read people their Miranda rights at the very first moment of an arrest. An arrest is defined as a stopping of the citizen by an officer or a private accuser who has seen the person commit a crime. The CPD’s internal policy manual requires cops to read Miranda at the beginning of an arrest. That policy is ignored, by all accounts of people subject to state harassment in the Chattanooga area, and it is morally neutral that cops want people to confess against themselves by making admissions, starting with their names.

Members of the city council who have been notified of the violation of the state shipping and transportation don’t think it’s a wrong.

The Hamilton County commission doesn’t think it’s a wrong, either, and when I teased that body to ask me the remedy for the violation at a public hearing, no one bothered. Neither does Republican Gov. Bill Lee, who also is under notice, believe abuse of the shipping law against nonshipping members of the public is a sin committed by this professing Christian. The parties who have authority to stop the Jim-Crow laws against blacks and everybody else hold it is not a moral question.  I’m glad the good and important people probably are right, and I am wrong.

The David Tulis show is 1 p.m. weekdays, live and lococentric.


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