MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

Same-Sex Marriage: Two Good Questions for All Presidential Candidates

June 29th, 2015 Viewed 1325 times

From In the wake of the same sex marriage case, 2 questions for the presidential candidates.

It suggests one very specific question that ought to be asked of all presidential candidates, from both parties:  Will you pledge that religious organizations that refuse to perform same-sex marriages will not lose their tax-exempt status?

And it suggests a second question could be put a few different ways. I’ll put it like this: Who do you think should prevail if there is a conflict between the interests of gay people — as they engage in commerce and seek full membership in society — and the interests of religious people — as they try to frame their conduct to accord with the tenets of their religion?

I would add—do you consider this an overreach and what are you going to do about it?

Court Rules In Favor of Obamacare Subsidies, Just As The Republicans Wanted it To

June 25th, 2015 Viewed 1433 times, 1 so far today

US Supreme Court by DavidIt doesn’t matter that Scalia’s right when he said:

This Court holds only the judicial power — the power to pronounce the law as Congress has enacted it. We lack the prerogative to repair laws that do not work out in practice, just as the people lack the ability to throw us out of office if they dislike the solutions we concoct. We must always remember, therefore, that ‘[o]ur task is to apply the text, not to improve upon it.’   — Read more at: From Scalia’s Dissent

This is what the Republicans wanted, because if the ruling had gone the other way, they would have had 2 problems:

  1. They would have either to have changed the law to give out the subsidies or thrown out the law which leads to…
  2. They would have lost the ability to run against Obamacare next year either way.
May 26th, 2015

The LA Times has a round up of the cases expected to be decided soon by the United States Supreme Court.

Liberty University vs. Geithner–Another Change To Overrule Obamacare?

November 21st, 2012 Viewed 2189 times

HospitalLikely to come after Thanksgiving is the Supreme Court’s decision about whether to consider another case, Liberty University vs. Geithner.  This case, brought by Liberty University, differs in that it focuses both on the Individual mandate, and on the Employer mandate—the former was the only focus of the first case they considered.  The DOJ stated that they were fine with the court considering the case back in early November,  which probably indicates that they are fairly confident they will win.

Could Chief Justice Roberts change his mind and vote to strike it down this time?  Will they even take it up?  Makes things interesting, doesn’t it?

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US Supreme Court on Religion and Marriage

June 16th, 2010 Viewed 2210 times, 2 so far today

AncientWe live in a very interesting time—a time when the very moral foundation of this country is being challenged.  The general American feeling of “live and let live” has come directly up against a culture and morality that would have been foreign to the founders—and those very founders are being trotted out as accepting and perhaps even promoting such changes.

This should not be so.

If The Baby Can Feel Pain…

April 7th, 2010 Viewed 2220 times

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North Dakota has led the way in terms of chipping away at abortion rights.  Along with Mississippi and other Bible Belt states, North Dakota has sought time and again to test the Supreme Courts ruling that has allowed women in the United States to kill their unborn children at any stage of their pregnancies.

Sotomayor: Ratings and Tactics

July 13th, 2009 Viewed 2083 times

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Rewind the clock back a few years and recall the last change of a Supreme Court Justice.  Then President George W. Bush nominated one of his friends—Harriet Miers—to the bench with problems on both sides of the aisle.

Judge Sotomayor—a judge with a much longer record in jurisprudence and who is about to enter the confirmation process—has poll numbers from the country that come close to that of Harriet Miers.

When Judges Become Legislators

June 26th, 2008 Viewed 1970 times

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Back when we were having the debate over Capital Punishment one of the areas that always comes up is whether it is just, and the fact that God has a bunch of rules in the Old Testament that have, as their sentence, death.

At that point, I hadn’t even realized that up until yesterday six states had the death penalty as the result of the rape of a minor.

Continuing the Court Discussion

September 27th, 2004 Viewed 1862 times

Strangecloud posed a very interesting dilemma to my idea in the last post.  His point was that Judicial Review was put into place as part of checks and balances in the government.  If I remember my history
correctly, Judicial Review was actually a creation of a certain Supreme Court (I want to say Marshall, but I may be mistaken).  In fact, even at the time it was quite controversial.

There is a movement inside congress to restrict judicial review over topics such as homosexuality and school prayer.  The problem is that the judiciary has become all powerful, casting rulings on controversial issues that should be decided by the country’s populace and not the “enlightened” thinkers on the bench.

The part that even gets me more riled up is the fact that when the citizens do speak through their representatives about issues such as abortion and school prayer, these same justices have the audacity to say that their ruling trumps the clear reading and the people’s wishes.

My point is that since it seems impossible to keep these justices in check via legislation and since people put so much weight on how a justice will rule on moral issues (not issues of Constitutional understanding), that we need to take away or scale back that power.

MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.