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Good News from a Surprising Source: The Federal Judiciary

Discussion in 'Political Debate & Discussion' started by 2 Timothy2:1-4, Sep 26, 2007.

  1. 2 Timothy2:1-4

    2 Timothy2:1-4 New Member

    Dec 22, 2006
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    When considering the role of judges today, most Americans emphatically agree with a declaration made two centuries ago by Founding Father Elbridge Gerry, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and a framer of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. In describing the role of federal judges at the Constitutional Convention in 1787, Gerry succinctly declared:
    It was quite foreign from the nature of their office to make them judges of the policy of public measures. [1]
    Luther Martin, another delegate at the Constitutional Convention, agreed, declaring:
    A knowledge of mankind and of legislative affairs cannot be presumed to belong in a higher degree to the Judges than to the Legislature. [2]
    Two centuries later, Americans still believe that the courts should not be lawmakers or super-legislatures; but they also believe that the courts have wrongly taken unto themselves this role, especially in the area of religious expressions. A recent poll found that seventy-seven percent of the nation felt that “Luther Martinthe courts have overreacted in driving religion out of public life,” and fifty-nine percent believed that the judiciary was singling out Christianity for attack. [3] Such opinions are not surprising when considering that judges and public officials currently: </SPAN>Censor religious words from student graduations but allow all other words [4]
    · Allow classrooms to have information on Eastern Oriental and Native American religions but not on Christianity [5]
    · Permit Jewish and Islamic holiday displays but not Christian ones [6]
    · Allow students to wear Islamic but not Christian garb [7]
    · Require students to participate in an indoctrination to Islam in which they must pretend they are Muslims and pray to Allah [8] but prohibit those same students from saying “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance [9]
    · Require that if Christians pray public prayers, they may not use Christian words [10]