Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for June, 2007

An Even Worse Judge

While we’re busy bashing the Supreme Court, let’s take a look at someone far worse: Judge Roy Pearson, the nut who filed the $54 million lawsuit against a dry cleaners because they lost a pair of his pants. His case has rightly been dismissed and he has been ordered to pay court costs and, hopefully,…

Pam Spaulding has this great screed by Matt Barber of Concerned Women for America. You’ve just gotta laugh at rhetoric like this: If the 1913 law is repealed and homosexual activists have success with like-minded judges, then we can expect the “gay marriage” levy to break, flooding the countryside with Hurricane Katrina-like destruction to the…

Okay, It’s Not All Bad

Just in case you’re getting too depressed about the Supreme Court’s rulings on Monday, I should note that they did get one right in FEC v Wisconsin Right to Life (full ruling here). It was another 5-4 ruling with the same breakdown – Alito, Roberts, Scalia, Thomas and Kennedy in the majority, Souter, Stevens, Breyer…

In Morse v Frederick, the now-famous “Bong hits for Jesus” case, the Supreme Court, by a 5-4 ruling, came down with just about the worst free speech ruling issued during my lifetime (see full text here). I expected a very narrow ruling in favor of the school. Unfortunately, the court issued a very broad ruling…

Hein and Taxpayer Standing

As I’ve already noted, the Supreme Court has ruled in Hein v Freedom From Religion Coalition (full text here), a case involving the question of taxpayer standing: does a taxpayer have legal standing to challenge expenditures that they believe exceed the Federal government’s constitutional authority? It also cuts to the much deeper question of the…

Leave It To STACLU

You’ve gotta love how STACLU can spin a case. Jay announces: ACLU Loses Bong Hits For Jesus at SCOTUS And pronounces it a “sound ruling.” There’s just one problem with this, Jay: virtually every religious right legal group filed briefs on behalf of the student in this case – the American Center for Law and…

Supreme Court D-Day

By the way, today is the end of the 2006/2007 Supreme Court term. What that typically means is the release of the last few pending rulings, usually very close and controversial ones. Two cases I’m particularly interested in are Hein v. Freedom From Religion Foundation and Morse v Frederick. The first one is an important…

Behe Caught Quotemining

Jason Rosenhouse has the details. Fafarman shows up in the comments to disagree with him, which is pretty much prima facie proof that Jason got it right.

AP reports on a speech by former FISA court judge Royce Lamberth and a speech he gave recently criticizing Bush’s warrantless wiretapping program. Lamberth was the judge for the FISA court from 1995 until 2002. Royce Lamberth, a district court judge in Washington, said Saturday it was proper for executive branch agencies to conduct such…

Volokh on Religious Exemptions

Eugene Volokh has an article at the National Review Online about the history and law regarding religious exemptions from other laws and/or administrative rules and procedures. He points to recent controversies over Muslims wanting exemptions religious exemptions: Recent years have seen a set of requests by Muslims for exemptions from generally applicable laws and work…