Skip to main content

View Diary: SCOTUS: Actually, We've Already Won (350 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  You could make it more nondenominational (none)
     And most school boards would probably do that.

     To my mind, it's much the same as saying, 'So help me God' at the end of an oath like an oath of office. Does that disbar Muslims or Buddhists from holding office? No. More than likely they'd do what most folks of other religions would do: Say "God" but substitute "(insert god here)" in their minds.

    I tell you there is a fire. They have this day set a blazing torch to the temple of constitutional liberty and, please God, we shall have no more peace forever.

    by Anderson Republican on Wed Jul 20, 2005 at 08:36:50 AM PDT

    [ Parent ]

    •  "So help me God" (none)
      is not in the oath of office.  It is merely a tradition for the oath-taker to say it after the oath.  Completely unaffected by the Establishment Clause.

      "Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve." George Bernard Shaw

      by Shygetz on Wed Jul 20, 2005 at 08:43:56 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Well, I wrote above that I wouldn't be (none)
      against a religious invocation, even if it were a singular priest or reverend from a single religion. I object to the use of the word "ceremony." That implies something a lot more involved than an invocation.

      "If cows and horses had hands, they would depict their gods as cows and horses." Xenophanes

      by upstate NY on Wed Jul 20, 2005 at 09:05:59 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  'When I use a word,' (none)
        'it means just what I choose it to mean, neither more nor less.'

         A word's a word. And sometimes they're used incorrectly. But looking at this case and his ruling, I'm not seeing a Dobsonite judge. Which is why I call this a mistake for Bush - once people get the briefs digested, he will be confirmed fairly easily (assuming he doesn't choke at the grilling), and the focus will be right back on the scandals - which have more time to develop now that there is the pause in the nomination process.

         Bush bought a few days off of Rove with a subpar (for his base) nominee. That's a bad deal for him, a great deal for us.

        I tell you there is a fire. They have this day set a blazing torch to the temple of constitutional liberty and, please God, we shall have no more peace forever.

        by Anderson Republican on Wed Jul 20, 2005 at 09:16:23 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  I guess we'll wait and see. (none)
          I have to say, I am more concerend about abortion and the environmental record.

          "If cows and horses had hands, they would depict their gods as cows and horses." Xenophanes

          by upstate NY on Wed Jul 20, 2005 at 09:32:21 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site