"My Trusty Gavel" by Brian Turner / CC BY 2.0

A St. Louis Judge Has a Bible Verse Permanently Displayed Outside Her Courtroom

Mar 21, 2019

By Hemant Mehta

For some reason, the office of Judge Kimberly Gardner at the Carnahan Courthouse in St. Louis, Missouri displays a Bible verse prominently outside: “Justice, and Only Justice, You Shall Pursue…” (Deuteronomy 16:20).

The simple explanation here is that she liked that sentiment about the importance of justice. But by posting a Bible verse, she inadvertently sends the message that Christianity takes precedence in her courtroom. What is a Muslim or atheist supposed to think upon walking inside?

It’s also disturbing she picked Deuteronomy of all the books, since that’s the book that says an unmarried woman must marry her rapist and that infidels must be murdered.

That’s not the kind of “justice” we ought to be celebrating.

Maybe Gardner should’ve at least read a couple of lines later, since Deuteronomy 16:22 would’ve told her, “You shall not set up for yourself a sacred pillar which the Lord your God hates.”

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