Tuesday, August 26, 2003

Phraseology: I would never contend that a judge's own beliefs don't influence her decisions. At the same time, we all know that human beings often have to curtail their impulses/desires/beliefs to a superior, common will, or law. Many men like to sexualize young children. We have laws to punish that behavior. Likewise, many judges would like to imprison homosexuals. We have laws to stop that. Judge Moore might like to penalize me for "dissing" my parents - fortunately, there's no law against that, or we'd all be in prison. Our laws don't reflect, verbatim, any one religion's set of rules. What if Moore put next to the Ten Commandments, a symbolized Book of Leviticus, with laws like this:
"When a woman has her regular flow of blood, the impurity of her monthly period will last seven days, and anyone who touches her will be unclean till evening. anything she lies on during her period will be unclean, and anything she sits on will be unclean. Whoever touches her bed must wash his clothes and bathe with water, and he will be unclean till evening. Whoever touches anything she sits on must wash his clothes and bathe with water, and he will be unclean till evening. Whether it is the bed or anything she was sitting on, when anyone touches it, he will be unclean till evening."
Leviticus 15:19-23 Okay, I'm devolving into the slippery slope. I hear Eno concerning the religion of Social Justice or diversity. I also think that such an argument may be a bit stretched - not that the Ten Commandments aren't more rational (ironically), but I think when you go on matters of faith, they have to remain separate. There's no reason the Judge can't have his monument back in his Chambers, for example (I've been before born-again judges whose chambers are riddled with crucifixes, "WWJD" symbols, and the like). The point is, when the black robe goes on, all else is hidden - that symbol, the black robe, is not accidental. The system is not perfect and we do indeed "shop" judges, or at least take that judge's sensibilities into account beforehand. That is different from having to be able to quote from the King James in opening arguments.

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