Another Right Bites The Dust
Associate Justice David H. Souter, writing for the majority, says, "The touchstone for our analysis is the principle that the First Amendment mandates government neutrality between religion and religion, and between religion and nonreligion."
It says no such thing! He just made that up. What it says is that Congress cannot establish an "official" state religion. That's all. Religion is so ingrained into the fundamental fabric of our society, that to remove it is to destroy the United States. They know this, but one must recognize that the destruction of this Great Nation is the ultimate goal of four of these rouges in black robes (Ginsburg, Souter, Stevens, and Breyer). O'Connor who concurred and Kennedy who dissented in this issue are just aimless, value-void judicial flotsam. Rhenquist, Scalia (my favorite - the most strict Constitutional interpreter), and Thomas at least believe that God gave the people rights and that the government is subservient to the people.
Lest you get to thinking that the government wants total control of everything, let me proffer a second opinion that was released today (you do realize that there is a reason these are called opinions and not divine decrees). In FCC v. Brand X, SCOTUS overturned a lower court ruling that required cable operators to open up their high-speed Internet lines to rivals. On the surface, this might seem fair enough, but what it does is to apply a different standard to internet access (and content access) to the internet than it does to telephone services. Smaller independent providers, such as Earthlink, are now in line to be squeezed out by massive content providers such as AOL. Keep in mind that these large communications conglomerates are also the most politically active. By eliminating the little guys and empowering the "big buddies" completes the cycle of the McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance law that removed freedom of speech from the Constitution (and SCOTUS also upheld as being terrific!).
Today is a really bad day for the people of the United States - and a really great day for Satan!
Let me interject a plea here to oppose limits on your free speech - tell your politicians to reject efforts aimed at a Constitutional ban on flag burning. SCOTUS would surely interpret that to include any and all criticism of the government!
By the way, I'm not the only one freaking out. Here is a great editorial by Tom Ambrose!
addendum: I missed this one last Friday. It seems that Justice Anthony Kennedy told a group of attorneys last Friday (June 24, 2005) that judges should be a select group and protected from criticism. It is happening right in your own back yard!
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