The United States is a nation of laws and, if you break those laws, you generally go to jail after due process. It seems that COVID-19 has abandoned all hints of what America used to be, in more ways than one, and now we're treading on a new era of Americanism that is starting to look more like 1943 Germany.
Shelley Luther, who owns Salon À la Mode, was sentenced to a week in jail and $7,000 in fines today in what appears to be an attempt to send a message.
Instead of just sentencing a salon owner today for violating Governor Greg Abbott's coronavirus shutdown order, a City of Dallas restraining order and a cease-and-desist letter; Dallas County Judge Eric Moyé wanted Luther to apologize.
Moyé, who is up for re-election this year, told Luther that he would consider not giving her jail time if she admitted that she was wrong, that she was selfish and apologize to the elected officials whose orders she violated.
A GoFundMe has been set up to help Luther with the mounting legal fees.
I have much respect for this court and laws. I have never been in this position before and it's not someplace that I want to be, but I have to disagree with you, sir, when you say that I'm selfish because feeding my kids — is not selfish.
I have hair stylists that are going hungry because they'd rather feed their kids. So sir, if you think the law is more important than kids getting fed, then please go ahead with your decision but I am not going to shut the salon.Shelley Luther responding to Moyé in court
If she is found guilty of breaking the law after receiving the due process afforded to her by the Constitution, no matter how stupid, undeserving and unfair she may think it is, she should be reprimanded.
To stipulate that a defendant must apologize to protect feelings and allow elected politicians to save face – or be sentenced to serve time – is a clear indication that other motives played a part. The Judge wanted a sound bite.
Acknowledge. Repent. Apologize.
When a hostage is taken in Syria, the first thing ISIS will do is get the prisoner to acknowledge their perceived crimes, to repent and to apologize on camera. It's then used as propaganda material.
For Shelley Luther, her captor is Texas and her crime is heresy.