Federal Judges, Judge of the Day, Religion, Texas

Judge of the Day: Fred Biery

Fred_Biery.jpgThose Texans love the word of God. In 2005, they went to SCOTUS to defend a monument to the 10 Commandments that stands on the grounds of the Texas State Capitol. Hailing from San Antonio, U.S. District Judge Fred Biery is invoking the higher power in his judgment against a religious school’s right to join a Texan school membership league.

In a ruling Tuesday denying Cornerstone Christian Schools’ attempt to join the state’s premier extracurricular organization, a federal judge chided the school’s founder and famed preacher John Hagee for contradicting at times his own Christian tenets, using numerous references to the Bible, Koran and even a famous fairy tale.

Who needs precedent and constitutional law when there’s so much wisdom to be found in Grimm tales and Disney movies? Let’s look at the opinion….

“Just as it would be difficult for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, Cornerstone’s effort to enter the UIL is denied,” the ruling read, noting elsewhere that Hagee, as a public school athlete and coach years ago, competed in the UIL.

“Having not followed the proverb, ‘Physician, heal yourself’ nor having treated others as it would like to be treated, Cornerstone has reaped what it has sown,” Biery also wrote.

The religious digs no doubt were directed at Hagee, a preacher whose political influence, televised sermons and best-selling books about the end times, Israel and financial prosperity have created ardent admirers and detractors the world over.

Based on his photo and impressive religious verbiage, we nominate Fred Biery to replace Charlton Heston as Moses.

And now a moment of silence. R.I.P. Charlton Heston.

Cornerstone loses its bid to join the UIL [San Antonio Express-News]

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