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Tuesday, March 01, 2005
  Thomas Bowden on Judicial Review
Thomas Bowden has a good op-ed on the upcoming Supreme Court case on displaying the ten commandments on government property. He has a good understanding of the validity of judicial review, and demolishes the conservatives' typical cry of judicial activism.

My favorite part from the op-ed:
In case after case, the Supreme Court has courageously exercised judicial review. Faced with mandatory prayer sessions in public classrooms, the Court responded with Engel v. Vitale in 1962, holding that such prayers violate the First Amendment. Faced with state laws forbidding abortions, the Court responded with Roe v. Wade in 1973, holding that such bans violate a woman’s right to privacy. And faced with state laws imprisoning homosexuals for pursuing sexual pleasure, the Court responded with Lawrence v. Texas in 2003, holding that such laws violate an individual’s right to liberty.

Conservatives decry such decisions because no rights to prayer-free public education, or abortion, or homosexuality, are expressly listed in the Constitution. But the Constitution cannot be interpreted biblically, as an exhaustive catalog of rules revealed by a superior authority, like a secular Book of Leviticus.
 
 POSTED BY THE GENERAL AT 2:07 AM


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