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.