Sunday, August 21, 2005

Justice Sunday II

Where have I been all summer? There's been lots going on, but crankycindy wasn't cranky.

Especially surprising is the silence on Justice Sunday, the Theocratic Right's assault on judicial independance. Normally, I'd have watched the Justice Sunday event on tv, while taping it and taking notes about who said what where on the tape, fussing a little, thinking about excerpts to use when teaching, and maybe even a little of this new blogging thing.

The basic origin of the Justice Sunday was in opposition to the idea of "activist judges," which has been discussed at length elsewhere. In particular, this right wing rhetoric of anti-independent judiciary went from bristling and posturing to outright public fits when gay marriage became legal in Massachusetts.

They said things like this: (thanks to the PFAW coverage)
James Dobson said “Consider this: In the next few months, and certainly in the next few years, the Supreme Court is going to be issuing rulings on a variety of extremely important issues, including the very definition of marriage. The family itself is at stake here. . . .

Eagle Forum's Phyllis Schlafly [said] “The biggest threat facing America today is the out-of-control judges who are banning our acknowledgement of God in schools and public places, overturning marriage and morality, and imposing their social views on us.” ... “I call these judges supremacists,” while others call them “liberal activist judges” or practitioners of “judicial autocracy.”

Tony Perkins [said] “The Court has expanded the Constitution to include the right to kill unborn children. They've expanded the plate so that they can find this right to homosexual sodomy. . . . "

Former Democratic Senator Zell Miller (GA) stated wildly, “[The court] has removed prayer and the Bible from schools. Each Christmas it kidnaps the baby Jesus, halo, manger, and all, from the city square. It has legalized the barbaric killing of unborn babies, and is ready to discard like an outdated hula hoop the universal institution of marriage between a man and a woman.

I didn't see the Justice Sunday event. Didn't even remember to videotape it.

I got married instead.

To my female partner.

In a church, with a license and officiant, parents, family and friends.

Happy details on

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