For those who have fought to introduce religious symbols like the Bible and the Ten Commandments in courthouses in Alabama (here and here), the decision of Judge Clyde Jones could not be more poignant. This week the Birmingham judge literally threw out Jesus Christ from the courtroom. That is the name adopted by Dorothy Lola Killingworth, who appeared as a juror but proceeded to be as disruptive as her namesake in temple market.
Jesus Christ, 59, attracted considerable attention when her name was called out and Jesus Christ was called to come forward. The problem is that she kept asking questions instead of answering them — a perfectly rabbinical habit.
The judge threw her out of court, though he did not require that she wear a sign reading “Here is the King of the Jurors” and he did not symbolically wash his hands of the matter.
Of course, not only did the other Jesus often answer questions with questions but he was known to cause a ruckus on occasion.
And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves.
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