When We Are Paying Attention: An Exploration on Criminal Justice Reform

By: DADADODAR. -Wrongly convicted father of four-
De haeretico comburendo and the establishment clause: How are these two related is the question, when we are paying attention. According to Black’s Law Dictionary, de haeretico comburendo is the first English penal law. It was enacted in 1401 against heresy, and authorized the burning of defendant who refused to abandon their heretical opinions. Webster’s defines “heretic” in a word as “nonconformist”. De haeretico comburendo when translated from its original Latin etymology seems to say to this contemporary black man and citizen of the U.S.A., “Hey you, this is the doctrine (or “set of beliefs” or personification of “god” or whatsoever else) we have established for you to follow…And if you decide not to agree with or to abide by and follow this our doctrine for you, then we’ll be perfectly alright with lynching your n**gg*r *ass*s.” What’s Wrong with this? A LOT, right. For one, the establishment clause of the U.S. Constitution forbids such prohibitions against free religious practice in this country. The first amendment give the U.S. citizenry religious freedom as well as freedom of speech, but interpretation of these freedoms (known as “rights”) are left up to the conscience of a justice, judge, some other authority besides just ourselves. When we are paying attention de haeretico comburendo is still encroaching each and every day. Actually, every law passed by U.S. legislators and the carefully divided up voting districts is an extension of the ancient common law used towards distinguishing those willing to conform from those not willing, and the penalty attached to the nonconformists–penalty even those who do conform have learned to desire a penchant for. Wow!