I received a phone call this morning from a woman who identified herself as Janice Kahn. She said she was calling on behalf of Supreme Court Justice, Jay Sekulow, who is serving evangelism, and she wanted a few minutes of my time to play for me a message from Justice Sekulow.
I stopped her before she plugged me into the recording and asked her to repeat her name and his. I knew what she had said but wanted to see if she would stick to it when I slowed her down and asked for verification. She stuck.
I asked again. "And you say Jay Sekulow is a Supreme Court Justice?" She verified that I heard her correctly.
So, I asked why a supreme court justice would call my house to represent evangelism and she said he is exercising his constitutional rights. I told her I believed he was violating mine by inserting his religion into my government and that I didn't appreciate his invading my home to let me know.
Then, she got to the real point of the message. Don't I care that babies are being murdered every day? I said yes, I care that we are killing babies in Afghanistan and Iraq and want it to stop. Of course, she told me those weren't the babies she was talking about and made it clear she was not interested in talking about them. She said she wanted to talk about the babies that are killed every day in this country. I told her babies are not being killed every day in this country. She argued, apparently hoping I would consider her religious beliefs over my medical knowledge and my sanity. I would surely remember reports of babies being killed every day in my country.
Jay Sekulow is not a supreme court justice. He is a talk show host, Chief Counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice (a conservative religious organization founded by Pat Robertson to oppose the ACLU), and a dishonest man for impersonating a supreme court justice, or for hiring Janice to do it for him.
He is also the recipient of the following Criticism (copied from Wikipedia):
In November 2005 Legal Times published an article in which it was alleged that Sekulow "through the ACLJ and a string of interconnected nonprofit and for-profit entities, has built a financial empire that generates millions of dollars a year and supports a lavish lifestyle -- complete with multiple homes, chauffeur-driven cars, and a private jet that he once used to ferry Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia." The article quotes a number of former donors and supporters (none of whom were identified by name) who claim that Sekulow has engaged in a pattern of self-dealing to finance his "high-flying lifestyle." The article reviewed hundreds of pages of financial, real estate and tax filings, outlining the corporate structure of the ACLJ and other closely held for-profit companies founded by Sekulow including CASE, PGMS, Regency and the similarly-named Center for Law and Justice, a for-profit law firm owned by Sekulow and two other ACLJ executives.
According to a ranking by the American Institute of Philanthropy, a charity watchdog group, Sekulow is the 13th-highest-paid executive of a charitable organization in the United States if the given figure for his salary is accurate.
I have a couple of questions.
1. Is it legal for this man to misrepresent himself as a Supreme Court Justice? Iâ€™m not sure so I sent a note to my Attorney General to see what he thinks.
2. Do evangelists condone all lies, or just the ones they tell?