On the wall at my house, hangs a piece of Jewish art I bought more years ago than I can remember. I found it back in the halcyon days when I was a religious conservative Jew jetting around Fresno on rollerblades, tzitzit flapping in the wind. The artwork shows a verse from the Torah—specifically, Deuteronomy 16:20—in both English, and Hebrew, along with art depicting a pair of scales. Online, the piece is frequently referred to as “The Lawyer’s Creed.” Ironically, I don’t think I knew that until I started writing this post, and went looking for a jpg version to show you.
Sorry I don’t have a spiffy title for today’s post. I wasn’t – probably still am not – really prepared to write it. But I want to at least try to clarify some things about yesterday’s post.
When I first read Scott Greenfield’s post this morning, I felt like I’d been punched, hard, right in the gut.
Federal Judge Kopf, writing about the Hobby Lobby decision — and is there anyone in the United States, and possibly several other countries, who doesn’t now know about Hobby Lobby? — said, among other things, that the United States Supreme Court should “stfu.” More importantly, he said something that I think just about nails why so many Person-Persons are upset over the Hobby Lobby ruling:
In the Hobby Lobby cases, five male Justices of the Supreme Court, who are all members of the Catholic faith and who each were appointed by a President who hailed from the Republican party, decided that a huge corporation, with thousands of employees and gargantuan revenues, was a “person” entitled to assert a religious objection to the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate because that corporation was “closely held” by family members.
As Judge Kopf correctly noted,
To the average person, the result looks stupid and smells worse.
Frankly, I’m not as inclined to give the “Justices” of the Supreme Court a pass as is Judge Kopf. I think the result smells because, contra Judge Kopf, those “Justices” did rule according to their biases.
Or maybe, not being a judge, I just have a more sensitive nose. [Read more…]
Today, I’m going to play a little game called, “Let’s All Be Pat Robertson.”
A few days ago, I wrote about a group from San Diego called Better Courts Now, which was running four conservative “Christian” judges against incumbents. As I noted (and quoted) there, they believed God called them and told them to change out a few judges.
I disagreed. And apparently God supports my view of limited government and judges who do not rule in a way that favors a particular religion.
When the United States of America was founded, one of the keystones of our nation was the establishment of an independent judiciary.
Eric Essman, a self-described left-wing radical, has recently posted several comments on my blog taking exception to my characterizations of Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer and claiming I’m being unfair to the police. I want to address the issues raised in his various comments in this blog entry instead of appending individual responses to each comment because, among other things, I hope it will clarify exactly the points I was making in the posts which were attacked — points which I feel may be lost by the distraction the discussion in those comments and my responses to them may create.
Besides, even as I write this, Mr. Essman is posting more comments on other articles I’ve written, making similar points to his prior comments. (I get it, Mr. Essman: you like the police and you don’t care much for what I’m saying. I got that after the second comment. By the sixth, it became overkill. Feel free to take a breather.)
Secondarily, I will be correcting attributions of thoughts, beliefs and attitudes to me which I do not hold and clarifying what I do actually think on those issues.
Lastly, I thought doing this would make a “regular comment” too long and since Mr. Essman’s comments follow two different posts and may come to span more at the rate he’s moving, I’ll hopefully just be able to shift everything here, to one place.
Besides, it saves me trying to write a long response and still being left looking for a topic about which to blog today. 😉