Monday, March 14, 2005

Theocracy watch

"It's a symbol of the fact that government comes - that government derives its authority from God. And that is, it seems to me, an appropriate symbol to be on State grounds." - Justice Scalia, referring to the 10 Commandments during the oral arguments of the 10 Commandments case.

No, Justice Scalia, the government does not derive its authority from your God. In case you weren't aware, America was founded as a secular democracy.

Maybe, Justice Scalia forgot the part in the Declaration of Independence which states "governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed." Maybe, he forgot that the Constitution specifically omits any reference to God. Maybe, Justice Scalia forgot that the American revolution was fought in order to escape the rule of a country that did derive its authority from God.

Maybe Justice Scalia never read Robert Green Ingersoll's God In The Constitution.

Regardless, any man who thinks America is a theocracy has no business being on the Supreme Court.

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