"And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God"
-- Micah 6:8

"The duty of the prosecutor is to seek justice, not merely to convict."
-- American Bar Association Standard 3-1.2(c)

"There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not however with regard to abortion and euthanasia."
--Pope Benedict XVI, June 2004

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Hanoverian Usurper Comes to Virginia*

There's much buzz and excitement today in Richmond as the Queen of England visits here and travels later to Williamsburg, where she will tour the campus of William and Mary College. This is all in conjunction with the seemingly endless "celebration" of the founding of Jamestown in 1607, which, as the promoters are careful to point out, is the first permanent English settlement in the New World. You know, Pocahontas and John Rolfe and all that.

Of course, the oldest European settlement in the New World is St. Augustine, settled by the Spanish in 1565, 50+ years before an Engish settlement could take hold.

Moreover, one wonders what former ACLU lawyer and William & Mary president Gene Nicol (famous for removing the cross from the college's Wrenn chapel, then restoring it when a donor threatened to withold a $12 million gift--there's steadfast principles for you!) will say to the Queen. Will he, for instance, take a brave stand for human rights and religious liberty and challenge the Queen to use her influence to change the express anti-Catholic section of the Act of Settlement, which forbids a Catholic from becoming the monarch or continuing as the monarch if he were to convert to Catholicism? Can you imagine the uproar if there existed a similar prohibition with respect to Jews or Moslems?

I won't hold my breath.

* A bone for Jay, who posts at length about such matters today.


Jay Anderson said...

"A bone for Jay ..."

Thanks, Tom!


But I will say that I actually admire the current de facto occupant of the Throne, and that she and her gung-ho grandson, Harry, appear to be the best of the entire Hanoverian bunch.

So, today I'll volunteer a hearty "God Save the Queen" in honor of her visit to the Old Dominion.

Anonymous said...

I dont get it