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The world watched last week as a mindless mob took over the U.S. Capitol.
It was not an attempted coup, as many pundits alleged. If it were a coup, they would have been much better organized.
This gang had no plans beyond disrupting Congress. Desecrating the temple of government. Looting a few souvenirs. Putting their feet up on Nancy Pelosi’s desk.
For a second or two, those TV cameras caught a woman brandishing a placard: “Jesus Saves.”
There, I think, is the overlooked key to this demonstration.
At last count, 82 people had been arrested and 13 charged, as a result of the riot. When – and if – they come to trial, I expect that some will invoke religious freedom as their defence.
They were only doing what Jesus did, they’ll argue, when he cleared the crooks and shysters from a courtyard of his temple in Jerusalem. He didn’t attempt to take over the temple either. He shut it down for a while, then cleared out. He had made his point.
Categories: Soft Edges
Tags: riot, Capitol, insurgents