Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Judge Roberts

President Bush's SCOTUS nominee, to the surprise of everyone, was Judge John Robert Jr. Firstly; let me say that I was heartened to see that the President avoided Affirmative Action type politics, by nominating a woman just to please the Democrats. This would have done nothing but create a designated 'women's seat' in the Court & belittled every woman appointed to it.

Judge Roberts, who worked under Bush 41 as well as Pres. Reagan, is widely acknowledged as being a fine litigator with excellent interpersonal skills & temperment. He also argued strongly against Roe v Wade before the Supreme Court. However, a few of the clients he chose to represent do strike one as odd. Among them are:
Hawaii’s Democratic attorney general and governor arguing in favor of a race-conscious program to benefit native Hawaiians, and a Nevada regulatory agency seeking to limit property development around Lake Tahoe.

On the other had, he has proven himself to be immune from the temptation to abuse his position & legislate from the bench. One example being the case of the girl arrested for eating french fries at a Washington DC subway station. In his ruling that the incident did not violate the Fifth Amendment, he said:
"The district court described the policies that led to her arrest as 'foolish,' and indeed the policies were changed after those responsible endured the sort of publicity reserved for adults who make young girls cry...The question before us, however, is not whether these policies were a bad idea, but whether they violated the ... Constitution."

As he is more a Rehnquist, than a Thomas or Scalia, his nomination would not be as fraught with controversy as would that of a more conservative judge. I must confess that I was personally hoping for Judge Janice Brown. However, based on what I have read about him so far, Judge Roberts appears to be a fine pick.

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Eric Rudolph: "I really prefer Nietzsche to the Bible"

Recently, Eric Rudolph, who bombed an abortion clinic as well as Olympic Park, was sentenced to life in prison. I would urge you to read the wonderful piece written by Jim condemning his murders.

According to a majority of the MSM (NYT) he is a devout Christian & the motivation for his crimes were Biblical. However, a closer look at the words & writings of the man reveal a very different story, namely, that his preference for Nietzsche over the Bible is indicative of his being an atheist rather than a Christian. An adherent of Nietzsche, who said, "God is dead", is one who espouses nihilism & opposes Christianity.

Here is a passage written by Eric Rudolph to his mother:
“Most of them have, of course, an agenda; mostly born-again Christians looking to save my soul. I suppose the assumption is made that because I’m in here I must be a ’sinner’ in need of salvation, and they would be glad to sell me a ticket to heaven, hawking this salvation like peanuts at a ballgame….I do appreciate their charity, but I could really do without the condescension. They have been so nice I would hate to break it to them that I really prefer Nietzsche to the Bible.”

Why is it that whenever a Muslim suicide bomber strikes the media gives plenty of airtime to CAIR & Imams who call the act 'unIslamic' & assure us that 'Islam is a religion of peace'? But when an atheist, who was once affiliated with a Christian group, commits murder, there is very little space devoted to the fact that Rudolph was a member of the Christian Identity sect for only six months, because, in his own words, the father of a woman he was dating at the time was a member.

HAT TIP: La Shawn Barber

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