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Thursday, August 23, 2012

The Conceit of Some Judges

Federal Judge Michael Urbanski is another ACLU-type judicial appointment made by President Barack Obama. Urbanski must take the cake for having the most extraordinarily exalted notion of his own power. Urbanski suggested in court that the Ten Commandments be censored down to six commandments in order to make the posting of the Commandments legal under the First Amendment. After presenting this suggestion to reduce the Ten Commandments to six, the judge referred the case to mediation with this suggestion: Remove the first four commandments which are clearly religious and leave the remaining six. This case against the Ten Commandments was brought by one student in a high school in Virginia, who was supported by a bunch of atheist busybodies. It is the progeny of the U.S. Supreme Court's mistake in 1962 when it banned this simple prayer from a New York public school: "Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon Thee, and we beg Thy blessing upon us, our parents, our teachers, and our Country." That decision, Engel v. Vitale, was universally criticized. Even Dean Erwin Griswold, dean of the Harvard Law School, said the Court had no business taking that case. Griswold said, "In a country which has a great tradition of toleration, is it not important that minorities, who have benefited so greatly from that tolerance, should be tolerant, too?"

One day when Barack Obama was asked on the radio to give his opinion about Supreme Court Justices, he praised former Chief Justice Earl Warren but criticized him because he had failed to break "free from the essential constraints that were placed by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution." The Warren Court, according to Obama, was not sufficiently radical because it didn't engage in redistribution of the wealth of Americans.

Listen to the radio commentary here:

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