WITHOUT DELAY He is not stepping down from Congress out of any shame or in response to any wrongdoing – he seems certain that he’s doing God’s work. Meanwhile, there was Osama Bin Laden’s former bodyguard, interviewed in Yemen for this past Sunday’s “60 Minutes.” Calm, at peace – quite an appealing fellow, really – until you realized he was talking about how much he hoped his child would grow up to be a suicide bomber. Not to equate the Hammer and the Bodyguard, except in the way both are supremely confident they are doing God’s bidding.
The good news of course is that “our God is bigger than their God” . . . though this has led more than one commentator to wonder why, then, Bin Laden is still alive. (Obvious answer: God works in mysterious ways.)
Do I believe our use of torture is more justified than theirs? Absolutely. That our shock and awe is more justified than the shock of their beheadings? Sure. We are the good guys! Still, I’m thinking God may not be really happy with us either – or even with Tom DeLay.
On March 17, the Sixth Circuit issued a split 2-1 decision allowing the state of Tennessee to discriminate against the political views of some if its citizens. The two Republican appointees (appointed by Reagan and Bush II) in the majority said it was OK for the state to produce "Choose Life" license plates requested by abortion opponents, but to refuse to produce pro-choice license plates requested by reproductive rights supporters.
I heard about this a few weeks ago. As someone who will be moving to Tennessee in the next few months (seriously, I think I'll be moving to Nashville!) I was particularly proud to hear this about my new home. In fact, I may get one of those license plates...then I'll add my own sticker under it says "Choosing life implies one has a choice."
Regarding the license plate speech thing...I'm pretty sure this one will get taken up and then stomped down by the Supreme Court. Wooley seems to be pretty strong precedent and this decision is also in direct opposition to a 4th Circuit decision dealing with (what I've heard to be) almost the exact same facts.
But who knows. I haven't read this decision (or the 4th Circuit decision, although I have read Wooley in a previous semester); perhaps they were able to differentiate based upon their particular fact set. And, with the current political lineup of our Supreme Court, you never know what will happen.