Saturday, April 14, 2007

Regent Law School corners the Book of Jobs

Comedian Bill Maher is hardly the exemplar of careful, restrained commentary. But while possessed of his own sanctimony and self-righteousness, he can also be very pointed (and funny) in puncturing those of others, including those who do more harm to the polity, society and culture than he does. Herewith, with some expurgations (use link for the full text original) and some misgivings (among others: I started my teaching career at Yeshiva-Cardozo Law Scool in NYC, and have considerable regard for both individuals and institutions who energize their passion for justice with a faith-based commitment to a just society and the human dignity of all persons "created in the divine image"), an example:
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You know how whenever there's a major Bush administration scandal it always traces back to some incompetent political hack appointment and you think to yourself, 'Where are they getting these screw-ups from?' Well, now we know: from Pat Robertson. I wish I were kidding, but I'm not. Take Monica Goodling, who before she resigned last week because of the U.S. attorneys scandal, was the third most powerful official in the Justice Department of the United States. Thirty-three, and though she had never even worked as a prosecutor, she was tasked with overseeing the job performance of all 95 U.S. attorneys. How do you get to be such a top dog at 33? By acing Harvard, or winning scholarship prizes? No, Goodling did her undergraduate work at Messiah College ... and then went on to attend Pat Robertson's law school.

I'm not kidding, Pat Robertson, the man who said gay people at DisneyWorld would cause "earthquakes, tornadoes, and possibly a meteor," has a law school. It's called Regent. Regent University School of Law, and it shares a campus with Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network studios. It's the first time ever that a TV network spun off a law school. ... You see, years ago Pat became concerned that our legal system was coddling criminals... So Pat did what any red-blooded, Hindu-hating, gay-baiting, glue-sniffing Christian would do: He started his own law school. And what kid wouldn't want to attend? It's three years and you only have to read one book. The school says its mission is to create an army of evangelical lawyers, integrating the Bible and public policy, and producing graduates that provide "Christian leadership to change the world." Presumably from round back to flat.

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