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23 Apr 2010

The Daily Dose–of Ignorance, That Is

At the Daily Kos, anonymous lefties who generally have no idea what they're talking about like to smear better men and women than themselves. This time their target is Michael McConnell, the former judge of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals and now law professor at Stanford who is generally regarded as America's foremost expert on constitutional issues relating to religion. On Monday, McConnell argued a case called Christian Legal Society v. Martinez in the United States Supreme Court. His client, a Christian organization at the University of California's Hastings College of Law, was subject to a law school policy that required it, in order to avail itself of law school facilities, to accept "all comers" as members of the organization--whether they are Christians or not. The CLS believes that this requirement violates its members' First Amendment right to freedom of association. McConnell argued that under Supreme Court precedents, a public agency like the University of California can ban discrimination based on status (e.g. race or gender), but not based on belief, since in many cases the whole point of freedom of association is to band together with those who share one's beliefs. As is often the case in Supreme Court arguments, the justices pelted both lawyers with hypothetical questions, sometimes involving rather far-fetched scenarios. At one point Justice Stevens asked this question: JUSTICE STEVENS: What if the belief is that African Americans are inferior? MR. McCONNELL: Again, I think they can discriminate on the basis of belief, but not on the basis of status. Nina Totenberg of National Public Radio reported on the Supreme Court argument, quoted Justice Stevens' question and paraphrased McConnell's answer: Justice John Paul Stevens followed up: "What if the belief is that African-Ame
At the Daily Kos, anonymous lefties who generally have no idea what they're talking about like to smear better men and...
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