If you fall back simply on "you can't legislate matters of conscience," let me remind you of heresy laws. As for the Sabbath, don't you recall those blue laws?
You have a valid point here.
I've gotta go start the holiday with my daughter. At this point, I say we shake hands, say we're sorry this got off to a bit of a rocky start, and it's been a enjoyable discussion. I was a bit prickly about folks jumping all over these particular judges, because they are good men, and Moore - who is a publicity-seeking pompous self-promoter with a very limited record of accomplishment as a jurist - pushed them into making the decision. With what he did, and what he said about it, this case wasn't even a close call. It's not simply about the Ten Commandments - as I said, this same court passed on the Ten Commandments in another courthouse a couple of weeks ago. It is about the overt, intentional, and unashamed promotion of one faith over another by a high government official, a judge no less. And that is the one area in our government where we are supposed to be able to believe that we will get a fair and impartial shake - no matter who we are - Christian, Jew, Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, Buddhist, or Atheist.
Have a good 4th.
posted on 07/03/2003 4:05:09 PM PDT
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