North Carolina Now Has A State Religion

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This is an unbelieveably unconstitutional decision: GREENSBORO, N.C. — Traditionally, witnesses taking the stand in court are sworn in by placing their hand on the Bible . But when Muslims in Guilford County, N.C., tried to donate copies of the Koran for courtroom use, judges turned them down. Chief District Court Judge Joseph Turner says taking an oath on the … Read More

Fourth Circuit And Invocation Of Jesus

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A few months ago, I blogged about a Fourth Circuit opinion which ruled against a woman who challenged her local government’s practice of beginning meetings with an invocation of a monotheistic God.  The Fourth Circuit stupidly said that the practice did not violate the Establishment Clause because, to put it bluntly, only monotheism is protected by the Establishment Clause.  (I … Read More

Carry The Card!

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Libertarian Radley Balko (via The Poor Man): For quite awhile now, I’ve flirted with the idea of joining the ACLU, mostly for the organization’s work on drug laws, upholding criminal protections, and its opposition to the PATRIOT Act. Problem is, each time I come close to joining, the ACLU takes some public, statist position on the ADA, affirmative action, speech … Read More

Bush, Roberts and Government Secrecy

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The Bush White House is once again play hide-and-seek, this time with memos written by Supreme Court nominee John Roberts.  While they are turning over some documents from Roberts’ past, they are refusing to turn over documents from 1989 to 1993, when Roberts was deputy solicitor general.  The stated reason?  Attorney-client privilege. A-C privilege is a sticky wicket, but it … Read More

Roy Moore – Potential Pain in the GOP Ass?

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The Boston Globe suggests an interesting future scenario. Roy Moore, the former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court who refused to follow a federal court order to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the state’s judicial building, is pretty popular in Alabama.  And he’s set to run for Governor in 2006 against a rather lackluster tax-raising incumbant governor. If … Read More

Judicial Activism

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It’s one thing (a constitutional thing) for a private citizen to criticize another citizen’s religion, but this is entirely different . . . and unconstitutional: An Indianapolis father is appealing a Marion County judge’s unusual order that prohibits him and his ex-wife from exposing their child to “non-mainstream religious beliefs and rituals.” The parents practice Wicca, a contemporary pagan religion … Read More

Legislating From The Bench

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When the President came out against "legislating from the bench" did that mean he’s no longer supporting Janice Rogers Brown? Here’s the Alliance for Justice’s writeup: Justice Brown’s disdain for government runs so deep that she urges “conservative” judges to invalidate legislation that expands the role of government, saying that it “inevitably transform[s]… a democracy … into a kleptocracy.” Following … Read More

False Dichotomy – A Rant

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Take a look at this poster: Now what is it saying? It is saying that in order to serve as a judge, you must abandon your Christian faith, because you cannot do both, yes? Apparently, the right wing is in favor of the idea that judges should be able to follow their faith over what judges are supposed to be … Read More

A Terri Schiavo FAQ

Ken AshfordAssisited Suicide/Schiavo, Courts/Law, Health CareLeave a Comment

THE FOLLOWING IS LIFTED VERBATIM FROM FOOTBALL FANS FOR TRUTH, WHO DID THE WORK SO I DON’T HAVE TO: Confused about the differing stories in the Schiavo case? Wondering about who to believe? Here’s some answers to common questions. I strongly recommend Abstract Appeal’s Terry Schiavo’s Information Page as an unbiased source of information from a Florida lawyer who has … Read More