A Cautionary Tale For Kristi Yamaoka And Jay Sekulow: Cheerleading Can Be Hazardous To Your Health
By John Lofton, Editor
I’ve been thinking about Kristi Yamaoka and Jay Sekulow. Yamaoka is a cheerleader at Southern Illinois University. Sekulow, Chief Counsel for Pat Robertson’s “American Center For Law & Justice,” is a cheerleader for the Republican Party who never met a Bush Supreme Court nominee he didn’t like. Like? No, make that he never met a Bush Supreme Court nominee he didn’t enthusiastically love and urge everybody else to love, too.
Yamaoka was in the news recently when we saw — over and over — a video clip of her falling on her head from atop a 15-foot pyramid of her cheerleading colleagues. As she was being hauled off in a neck brace and strapped to a stretcher, she continued to go through the motions of a cheer. She suffered a concussion, a spinal fracture and a bruised lung.
In an interview on NBC’s “Today” show, Yamaoka explained what happened to cause her accident: “You know, it’s a combination of things that, you know, really make it — make a mistake or make things happen correctly, so I can’t tell you exactly what happened, but I did lose my balance a little bit, and I wasn’t able to roll forward as I was supposed to. So that’s why it happened.”
Why did she keep on cheering when she was being carried out on a stretcher? She says: “Oh, well, for the most part it just—as soon as I heard the fight song playing, and as a cheerleader every time we hear that fight song playing we’re supposed to be dancing and cheering, and trying to get the crowd going, so I’m still a cheerleader, on a stretcher or not, so as soon as I heard that fight song I knew my job and I just started doing my thing.”
In 2004, more than 28,000 cheerleaders landed in the emergency room, according to the National Center For Catastrophic Sport Injury Research. High school and college cheerleaders account for half of the catastrophic injuries to female athletes.
OK. Now, Jay Sekulow.
Like Kristi Yamaoka he has been, figuratively speaking, at the top of the pyramid of supposedly Christian “leaders” who cheer wildly for each and every Bush Supreme Court nominee. None of the GOP cheerleaders in this pyramid, however — and I mean none — cheer louder, longer and wave their respective pom-poms more enthusiastically, than does Sekulow for any Bush judicial nominee. And, whether he knows it or not — and there is no indication he does know this — Sekulow, like Yamaoka, has also lost his balance and fallen on his head because instead of “rolling forward” he fell over backwards.
A stretch? Not at all.
For a true Christian leader, within the context of Bush judicial nominees, “rolling forward” and not losing your balance, would mean — religiously and politically speaking — at least two things:
- An iron-clad, no-compromise insistence that all judicial nominees must, first, acknowledge the God of the Bible as the source of law. This would mean a pledge to disregard all human laws and/or court rulings that conflict with God’s Law.
- An iron-clad, no-compromise insistence that all judicial nominees must be truly pro-life which means no exceptions regarding abortion — none.
But, Sekulow has no such judicial nominee litmus tests. He mindlessly cheered the nomination of John Roberts to be Supreme Court Chief Justice even though Roberts said the murderous, un-Godly, un-Constitutional Roe v. Wade decision was “settled law” — which it is not. Adding insult to injury, Roberts also said he had no personal views that would prohibit him from applying Roe v. Wade. And he said the Bible, God’s Word, would have nothing to do with his judging. Roe, of course, is not “law” — settled or unsettled — because (a) Courts do not make “law.” And (b) Roe also couldn’t be “law” because it contradicts God’s Law against murder thus it is no law.
Sekulow also cheered himself hoarse for the nomination of Samuel Alito to sit on the high court. He did this despite the fact that Alito voted to strike down a ban on partial-birth abortion — which is infanticide. Alito, as a lower court judge, slavishly followed pro-abortion Supreme Court rulings which — regardless of what you have heard — he did not have to do. And in a wrongful death suit, Alito told a lady whose eight-and-a-half-month-old unborn child was born dead that this dead child was not Constitutionally a person because Roe v. Wade says so!
And, to the bitter end, Sekulow fought for the Supreme Court nomination of Harriet Miers.
Regarding all three of these nominees, Sekulow argued vigorously that their respective views on abortion ought not to be made an issue. Ditto, their religion which is another way of saying that whether a nominee is a Bible-believing Christian or not is irrelevant.
So, boom!, Sekulow — from a Biblical/Christian perspective — has fallen on his head. There he lies, again figuratively speaking, strapped down on a stretcher, his neck in a brace. And you can bet that when the President sends up another Supreme Court nominee, Sekulow, even in this condition, will still be cheering for this nominee simply because he or she has been named by Mr. Bush.
Remember what Kristi Yamaoka said when asked why she continued to cheer even when being carried out on a stretcher: “Oh, well, for the most part it just—as soon as I heard the fight song playing, and as a cheerleader every time we hear that fight song playing we’re supposed to be dancing and cheering, and trying to get the crowd going, so I’m still a cheerleader, on a stretcher or not, so as soon as I heard that fight song I knew my job and I just started doing my thing.”
And so it is with Jay Sekulow. President Bush’s naming of any Supreme Court nominee is his “fight song” — whether that nominee is Christian or not, truly pro-life or not. And when he hears this “fight song,” he, too — like Yamaoka — begins “dancing and cheering” for this nominee, trying to get his supposedly “Christian” crowd going.
In fact, in an interview on Fox TV’s ‘Hannity & Colmes’ program, Sekulow told how his organization had sent out 850,000 emails to shape public opinion concerning Mr. Bush’s next Supreme Court nominee. He said they were on radio and TV all day. He said: ‘Our side is motivated.’ At one point, he said, incredibly: ‘Look, you want the President to get his nominee through. That’s what our job is here’ (emphasis mine).
Well, it may be Jay Sekulow’s “job” to get any Bush Supreme Court nominee confirmed. But, this can never be the “job” of a real Christian. No way. Real Christians have a higher calling than being a Bush-cheerleader.