Archive for February 15th, 2006

Scalia Dismisses ‘Living Constitution’

Wednesday, February 15th, 2006

Some sanity on the Supreme Court at last.

People who believe the Constitution would break if it didn’t change with society are “idiots,” U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia says.
In a speech Monday sponsored by the conservative Federalist Society, Scalia defended his long-held belief in sticking to the plain text of the Constitution “as it was originally written and intended.”
“Scalia does have a philosophy, it’s called originalism,” he said. “That’s what prevents him from doing the things he would like to do,” he told more than 100 politicians and lawyers from this U.S. island territory.
According to his judicial philosophy, he said, there can be no room for personal, political or religious beliefs.
Scalia criticized those who believe in what he called the “living Constitution.”
“That’s the argument of flexibility and it goes something like this: The Constitution is over 200 years old and societies change. It has to change with society, like a living organism, or it will become brittle and break.”
“But you would have to be an idiot to believe that,” Scalia said. “The Constitution is not a living organism, it is a legal document. It says something and doesn’t say other things.”
Proponents of the living constitution want matters to be decided “not by the people, but by the justices of the Supreme Court.”
“They are not looking for legal flexibility, they are looking for rigidity, whether it’s the right to abortion or the right to homosexual activity, they want that right to be embedded from coast to coast and to be unchangeable,” he said.
Scalia was invited to Puerto Rico by the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies. The organization was founded in 1982 as a debating society by students who believed professors at the top law schools were too liberal. Conservatives and libertarians mainly make up the 35,000 members.

The Love of God

Wednesday, February 15th, 2006

If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.
And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away.
For we know in part and we prophesy in part; but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away.
When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things.
For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known.
But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians 13

Hamas: We don’t want ‘satanic’ American money

Wednesday, February 15th, 2006

Hamas says “We don’t want ‘satanic’ American money” but then adds they would ” gladly’ accept U.S. aid”. The pali’s are such a joke. How can anyone take them seriously as a political organization. They are and always will be a bunch of slimy terrorist.

In response to reports the United States and Israel are exploring ways to monetarily isolate his terror group, which is currently forming the next Palestinian government, Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Zahar yesterday slammed international critics and claimed Hamas doesn’t need “satanic” American money.
But al-Zahar took quite a different tone just prior to Hamas’ major win in last month’s parliamentary elections when he told WorldNetDaily during
an interview his organization will “gladly” accept U.S. financial aid and that he will allow American donations to be monitored by “anyone who wants.”
“Those who built their structure on the basis of the Quran … cannot budge because of promises from America or a dollar from Europe. I wish America would cut off its aid. We do not need this satanic money,” al-Zahat said yesterday at a news conference in Cairo.

His statements followed press accounts yesterday stating Israel and the U.S. were putting together a plan to force Hamas from power, reportedly focusing on an economic squeeze that would prompt Palestinians to call for the return of the long-ruling Fatah Party, currently led by Mahmoud Abbas.
The New York Times, citing anonymous U.S. and Israeli officials, reported the U.S.-led campaign would starve the Palestinian Authority out of cash so the Palestinians would revolt against the Hamas-led government.
Al-Zahar said his group has in the past been funded by Arab donors, and it will continue seeking outside contributions to bypass the United States.
“America and Europe tried to dry up the funding of the ‘terrorist’ Hamas that is spent on the families of the martyrs and the detainees, but it (Hamas) has only increased [its fuding],” al-Zahar said.
In contrast to his anti-American statements yesterday, al-Zahar, in the WND interview, outright lobbied for U.S. money.
“Without any condition we are accepting any money and we are ready to put these figures in the proper way and in a purified manner. Anybody can follow this money, can observe and account, do anything to be sure that we are running our system without corruption,” al-Zahar said in response to a question about whether he would accept American aid.
Al-Zahar, whose group has openly funded and carried out scores of suicide bombings and rocket and shooting attacks against Israelis, said he would use American money to build “factories, agriculture and [other] real investments in the Palestinian people.”

Read the rest here.

With Court’s Permission, Children Can Hand Out ‘Religious’ Valentines

Wednesday, February 15th, 2006

It’s a shame we Christians have to have the courts make non-Christians realize that we fall under the same First Amendment as everyone else does, and therefore have the same rights of free speech as everyone else.
I hope more of this type of thing happens as time goes on.

(AgapePress) – Today students in one Texas public school district are able to give their classmates Valentine’s cards and gifts with religious messages — the result of a district judge’s ruling that protects the free-speech rights of students.
The temporary restraining order (TRO) was issued against Katy Independent School District (located just outside of Houston) after a lawsuit was filed claiming years of discrimination against Christian children. The suit was filed by the Plano-based
Liberty Legal Institute on behalf of five families who claim the district has engaged in a pattern of censorship of students’ religious speech since 2001.
The lawsuit claimed, among other things, that children were prohibited from drawing religious images in an art fundraiser, handing out faith bracelets during recess, and talking about Jesus with other children during free time. In addition, the district policy banned parents and children from bringing religious-themed items during class celebrations — thus the request for the TRO so children would be permitted to distribute religious valentines to classmates without fear of disciplinary action from school officials.
Kelly Shackelford, president of Liberty Legal, says the TRO will ensure that students have free-speech rights for the immediate future.
“The overall lawsuit is about all of the religious discrimination that’s going on across the board throughout the district,” the attorney explains. “But the thing [that was] coming up immediately, of course, is Valentine’s Day [when] a number of these children … wanted to give their friends Valentine’s cards or gifts that had religious elements to them.”
According to Shackelford, the children’s parents approved of the religious-themed articles — but that any mention of Christ, God, or personal faith would be “illegal or banned under what the school district was doing.”
Shackelford admits the TRO was a “severe remedy” to the situation, but that the district’s “extreme violations” made it necessary.
“[W]e had to ask for an immediate restraining order stopping the school from continuing in this discrimination,” he says. “We now have the threat of contempt if they dare to do this to the kids at Valentine’s.”
According to a Liberty Legal press release, a school-wide Valentine’s Day party was scheduled for 2:00 p.m. today.

(The article was published yesterday, February 14th, 2005. -ed.)