Texas Judge Hits Back At Gingrich

Due to his ruling that student-led prayers are unconstitutional, Texas federal Judge Fred Biery is regularly the target of stump speeches by Newt Gingrich, who has vowed to arrest judges that rule to his disliking. Due to Gingrich’s fiery condemnation, God’s Gentle People have rained down abuse on Judge Beiry. And here’s how Biery has responded via a statement attached to a just-settled lawsuit related to the original case.

To the United States Marshal Service and local police who have provided heightened security: Thank you. To those Christians who have venomously and vomitously cursed the Court family and threatened bodily harm and assassination: In His name, I forgive you. To those who have prayed for my death: Your prayers will someday be answered, as inevitably trumps probability. To those in the executive and legislative branches of government who have demagogued this case for their own political goals: You should be ashamed of yourselves.

Think Progress notes the best part of Biery’s dig: “Any American can pray, silently or verbally, seven days a week, twenty four hours a day, in private as Jesus taught or in large public events as Mohammed instructed.”