Thursday, June 30, 2005
The Supreme Court - Who will replace Chief Justice Rehnquist?
It will be interesting to see whether the opposition would be able to muster enough support to have a voice in the confirmation proceedings .
A Bouquet for Justice Sandra Day O'Connor - A Sane Voice
"At a time when we see around the world the violent consequences of the assumption of religious authority by government, Americans may count themselves fortunate: Our regard for constitutional boundaries has protected us from similar travails, while allowing private religious exercise to flourish. … Those who would renegotiate the boundaries between church and state must therefore answer a difficult question: Why would we trade a system that has served us so well for one that has served others so poorly."
Thus wrote Justice O'Connor on 6/27/05 in her opinion about the display of Ten Commandments.
I do not expect the zealots,who want to ram their beliefs down our throats,to pause even for a moment to think about the opinion expressed by Justice O'Connor. They wish her gone from the Court; sooner the better.
In the private property seizure (so called "eminent domain") case, Justice O'Connor was on the losing side of the 5-4 decision.
"She argued that cities should not have unlimited authority to uproot families, even if they are provided compensation, simply to accommodate wealthy developers."
I am with those who feel that this ruling would open a floodgate for unscrupulous municipal officials and greedy developers (there is no other kind).
For Justice O'Connor, applause and a bouquet.