Monday, June 27, 2005

FORGET THE 10 COMMANDMENTS The GOP Ignores Them Everyday


The Supreme Court ruled against P2P file sharing. Those of us who use this stuff, a moment to reflect on the fragility of the web. But also the Supreme Court ruled on the 10 Commandment hoopola run by the right wing Christians.

They lost.

From the Associated Press:
In a narrowly drawn ruling, the Supreme Court struck down Ten Commandments displays in courthouses Monday, holding that two exhibits in Kentucky crossed the line between separation of church and state because they promoted a religious message.

The 5-4 decision, first of two seeking to mediate the bitter culture war over religion's place in public life, took a case-by-case approach to this vexing issue. In the decision, the court declined to prohibit all displays in court buildings or on government property.

In a stinging dissent, Justice Antonin Scalia worried publicly about "the dictatorship of a shifting Supreme Court majority."
Can't right wing jerks get their stories straight? They eke out the tiniest wins on the barest of majorities, if that, if they fail, the tyranny of the barest majority on the Supreme Court stops the vote counting so they could install Bush, they then crow that they are in the majority so we have to endure whatever bozo bumbling bashing they do and when once in a blue moon we get a ruling that is sensible, they complain about "dictatorship....of the majority."

Well, sorry to tip your canoe and your tailor, too, buddy. If you and your right wing ilk hate us so much, move. Like move to Iraq and create minority rights there! Heh. Prove your manhood and go!


I was furious in the sixties when we were told to love America or leave it. I always would say, "Well, the troops love America, right?" and they would agree. "So shouldn't they be in America if they love it?" This is when they would try to run off to yell at some other hippie chick.
"The touchstone for our analysis is the principle that the First Amendment mandates government neutrality between religion and religion, and between religion and nonreligion," Justice David H. Souter wrote for the majority.

"When the government acts with the ostensible and predominant purpose of advancing religion, it violates that central Establishment clause value of official religious neutrality," he said.

Souter was joined in his opinion by other members of the liberal bloc — Justices John Paul Stevens, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen G. Breyer, as well as Reagan appointee Sandra Day O'Connor, who provided the swing vote.

In his dissent, Scalia argued that Ten Commandments displays are a legitimate tribute to the nation's religious and legal history.

Government officials may have had a religious purpose when they originally posted the Ten Commandments display by itself in 1999. But their efforts to dilute the religious message since then by hanging other historical documents in the courthouses made it constitutionally adequate, Scalia said.

In his dissent, Scalia blasted the majority for ignoring the rule of law to push their own personal policy preferences.
Now these creepy people who really hate the 10 Commandments, look at how they live their miserable, lost lives!---are trying to make our courthouses into museums of legal history. Well, OK with me! The cuniform slab of Hammurabi should sit square in the middle! Not to mention the Magna Carta and the Constitution itself. The "separation of church and state" could be engraved over the Judge's chair! After all, the Constitution trumps all these religious/historical laws.

The Constitution is the Law of the Land, after all.
Ten Commandments displays are supported by a majority of Americans, according to an AP-Ipsos poll. The poll taken in late February found that 76 percent support it and 23 percent oppose it.
76% of all Americans break one or many of these commandments regularily. Why they want to be reminded of their renegade life choices puzzles me. Perhaps it is because they feel God will forgive them if they break these rules if they can recite them to Him on Judgement Day? Geeze. I know if you go before a judge and claim ignorance, they still put you in jail. If you go and claim you know full well what the laws are and deliberately broke them!

Well, imagine a big book flying straight at you!

Ignorance is bliss in this case.

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