For now, I wish to give due attention to the Martyrs of Uganda, by acknowledging yet another hero from a different continent, in the person of Roy Moore. I happened to meet him by chance, acknowledgement of The Wall Street Journal of May 29, reluctantly picked from an SN Brussels flight.The piece goes on to explicitly compare Judge Moore with the Ugandan Martyrs (whose feast we just celebrated on June 3).
Mr Moore, commonly known as "the Ten Commandments judge", is the judge who defied a federal court order to remove a 2.5-tone monument to the 10 commandments that he had placed at the State courthouse at Montgomery, Alabama, USA.
Moore, the Martyrs and others, are heroic reminders that "the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom" (Psalm 111:10). Judges and politicians need to borrow a leaf from Nehemiah who led Israel to successful national reconstruction and rehabilitation by relying on God.I have to confess I'm not sure what to make of this, though at first read I'm a little suspicious. I'm not very familiar with the Roy Moore case (from what I've read I've formed an opinion of him as a demagogue, but I don't know how accurate that is), and certainly not opposed to displaying the 10 commandments ... but I see that fight as a distraction at best, really. There are more important things --- abortion, the breakdown of family, life issues, immigration, welfare and health-care --- all areas where "faith-based politicians" might do well to, well, incorporate their faith into the picture a bit. If there's a "God in politics" issue that I feel probably does deserve a fight it's the "Under God" one.
Though pragmatic, he never acted without prayer. And he credited God for all the success. With God, politics is a clean game.
Anyway --- it's not just saying "Lord, Lord" but doing the will of the father.
Right next door to Uganda, in Rwanda, in an almost entirely Catholic nation unspeakable horrors were committed last decade. I am not convinced that the kind of "Godliness" Judge Moore (and, it seems) Fr. Katende advocate will ensure that a nation will, indeed, be "Godly." I guess I'm just suspicious of state imposed "Godliness" period.
[For more on the Ugandan Martyrs, read this, via Titus One Nine)