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"We have to learn the lesson that intellectual honesty is fundamental for everything we cherish." -Sir Karl Popper

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Sunday, April 17, 2005

DeLay continues assault on judges

Disturbing stuff. And I'm glad that Salon provides a link to Falwell's program to train Christian judges. In other words, activist judges. DeLay is right on one thing-- separation of church and state isn't in the Constitution. It's in the First Amendment. What a dick. I saw a Christian speaker more than a decade ago at my high school (it's OK, it was a Catholic school) who used the same argument. This attempt to mislead the public by giving half the story is nothing new.

". . .DeLay's ambitions are farther-reaching than hog-tying the Democrats on spending. He suggested that Congress, having been out to lunch for the last century or so, really needs to step up now, especially to rein in those pesky courts. "I blame Congress over the last 50 to 100 years for not standing up and taking its responsibility given to it by the Constitution. The reason the judiciary has been able to impose a separation of church and state that's nowhere in the Constitution is that Congress didn't stop them. The reason we had judicial review is because Congress didn't stop them. The reason we had a right to privacy is because Congress didn't stop them."

"We're having to change a whole culture in this -- a culture created by law schools," he went on. "People really believe that these are nine gods, and that all wisdom is vested in them." (Was he talking about the Rev. Jerry Falwell's new program for aspiring attorneys?)"