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Tuesday, March 01, 2005  

Invincible Ignorance

SCOTUS has once again proven that a majority of its members have no respect for the laws of the people.

"The court says in so many words that what our people's laws say about the issue does not, in the last analysis, matter: 'In the end our own judgment will be brought to bear on the question of the acceptability of the death penalty,' he wrote in a 24-page dissent.

"The court thus proclaims itself sole arbiter of our nation's moral standards," Scalia wrote.

In fact, there is only one reason we are now allowed to have a death penalty at all. It is because it is written in the constitution as appropriate in certain cases, and thus the judges cannot declare it cruel and unusual punishment as they have in this case regarding its application to those convicted of capital crimes who are under 18.

There is not a criminal gang in this country now that will not be aware that any murders committed by its younger members will not be appropriately punished.

The complete arbitrariness of the Court (kill somebody however you like on the day before your 18th birthday, and have no fear of equitable punishment), and its willingness to believe itself to be the true and only righteous maker of laws -- well, what can one say? This is a usurpation of power and a cynical treason upon the most fundamental level of our national agreements made in our founding documents.

"Our society views juveniles ... as categorically less culpable than the average criminal," Kennedy wrote.

This is patently false. Notice also that the reference to "our society" insists that there can be no difference now between how one state views reality and how another does. We are no longer a united group of states. We are the nation of Washington, D.C..

The powers of the states no longer exist whenever Washington decides it doesn't approve.

How long will it take to undo the damage that has already occurred to the country because of this imperial court? Can it ever be undone even if conservatives become a majority of the court?

It is clear that we need to either place term limits on all federal judges or renewal elections which approve or disapprove of sitting judges to continue on the court. That is unlikely to occur, though.

The Court has granted young people a license to kill without fear of consequence. It is incredible, but that's what it amounts to in reality and not in the ivory towers and secured residences of this sick elite. So many innocent people (and not so innocent) people will be murdered because of this.

The law which is meant to protect the innocent will continue to be perverted to protect the guilty. The mind simply snaps in fury at such complete legal and moral incompetence.

We are no longer a nation of laws, but one of judicial fiats. What has Congress and the presidency wrought but abject cowardice in the face of these usurpations of their powers?

This is one of the consequences of atheism. A majority of the court no longer actually believes in the power of a living God who insists we punish the guilty.


Powerline weighs in with this:

HINDROCKET adds: This is very bad. It's also quite odd: The Supreme Court is disdainful of public opinion in the U.S. as expressed by the laws passed by Congress and the state legislatures, but respectful of public opinion in Europe. I can understand the Washington social structure within which this world-view makes sense, but can anyone articulate a philosophy of jurisprudence in which European opinion, however manifested, is given priority over American opinion, as expressed in laws passed by legislators?

Exactly. American opinion and law doesn't matter, but European does.


I mean atheism to include all those who accept that Diety is likely, but whose concept is so removed from actual contact or even belief in personal relationship to Diety as to render them intellectually no different than an atheist in practice. Call it soft Deism.

It is funny (weird) that the people of the courts, the elite that these judges represent, will all easily fall to their knees and beg for God's mercy should they become suddenly pained and very ill or if a loved one should face death or horrible circumstances in the world, because then people have no shame in pleading with the Universe to give them some ray of hope, some miracle of saving grace; and yet, when all is well, they have not one iota of real faith. They have gained the world at the cost of their souls.

Many a man will say, "thank God for that" but their sincerity extends no further than the expression of words. There is no compulsion to reciprocate in actions as to what God would like them to do with their lives to honor him.

Can anyone imagine that there are any circumstances in which a Ruth Bader Ginsberg might come to know and worship God? I can, but the likelihood of such an event is next to nothing. The power of salvation lies in one's willingness to be humbled. People who are proud will not have God reveal himself to them. They must first become broken. But proud people who become broken through sickness, failure, misery, death of loved ones tend to become more defiant and not less; more denying and angry at God, and not less.

My father is 76 now. He has emphysema, a defibrillater in his chest, needs oxygen, and has had a number of scary moments when he thought he was going to die in the last few years. Nothing of his condition, though, has made him open to God.

Oh, when in distress he might invoke deity and ask for relief, but when the crisis is passed he has no further interest in the divine.

In fact, if you talk to most people after they have had some catastrophic medical event, they and their loved ones start talking about how soon they can get back to "normal" and resume living life exactly as they had before.

There are occasionally those who make some resolutions about smelling the roses, spending more time with family, no longer sweating the small things; and some people decide to change their lifestyles entirely, but very few dedicate themselves to God (if they haven't already).

That is why I believe in Hell and Purgatory along with Heaven.

I believe there is a condition in eternity which is Hell. I also believe it can be altered; that is, that one may escape it, but that those in Hell choose not to. That nothing keeps anyone in Hell but themselves.

Purgatory is what it means. A way of purgation that takes however long it may before souls are in a condition to enter into the full communion of Heaven. In the same way that baptism does not perfect anyone and make them entirely whole and holy, so, too, neither death as a believer can render one perfectly fit for Heaven. There is work still to be done. A refining to be finished.

posted by Mark Butterworth | 9:51 AM |