The US Supreme Court decision against voluntary desegregation plans was one of several issues taken up at last night's Democratic presidential forum at Howard University. It was the first time a presidential debate was moderated by a panel consisting entirely of journalists of color. Attendees included the Reverend Al Sharpton and Princeton Professor Cornell West. The Democratic contenders roundly condemned the Supreme Court ruling. Senator Barack Obama emphasized the theme that racial equality has improved but not nearly enough. Congressmember Dennis Kucinich drew some of the loudest applause of the night when he called for an end to the Iraq War. Former Senator John Edwards of North Carolina said he would appoint a White House envoy tasked with reporting on the progress of rebuilding New Orleans.

Comment June 29: How many people see the irony of decrying segregation while having a moderating panel deliberately designed to segregate out all so-called white people?

The Democratic Party presidential-primary candidates are working to force heaven on earth.

"And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force." Matthew 11:12

Ultimately, attempting to take heaven by force fails, because then it is no longer heaven. Heaven is peace. It has to be voluntary. It cannot be accomplished by human beings coercing other human beings. The New Commandment ("A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another." John 13:34) must be written on people's hearts. They must love righteousness for its own sake.

Coercion only holds out punishment if one deviates. It does not engender love but rather the wrong kind of fear. It is selfish fear. It is fear for what will happen to self rather than care and concern so that one's actions cause no harm to others but rather help others find the way of real love.

"Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves." Matthew 10:16

What is the right kind of fear?

"The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward [stubbornly disobedient] mouth, do I hate." Proverbs 8:13

Tom Usher

About Tom Usher

Employment: 2008 - present, website developer and writer. 2015 - present, insurance broker. Education: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science in Political Science. City University of Seattle, graduate studies in Public Administration. Volunteerism: 2007 - present, president of the Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project.