The Supreme Court has just created an aristocracy of the religious, who now can plausibly demand the right to defy almost any law. The Court has sometimes been willing to accommodate conscientious objectors, but its earlier decisions were nothing like what it has now done. By the Court’s logic, human sacrifice now presents a hard case, with a colorable argument for its protection. Tandon v. Newsom was a 5-4 decision against California's COVID-19 order limiting more than three households from gathering in homes. The Court declared that laws can’t be applied to religious objectors so long as the state “treats some comparable secular activities more favorably.” Some regard this as a de facto return to the old rule, in effect from 1963 to 1990, that religious conscientious objectors have a right to accommodation where that’s reasonably possible. What the Court has announced, however, is far more extravagant: a right to nullify even the most urgent laws. The Court declares … [Read more...] about The Supreme Court creates a new religious aristocracy
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close Video Democrats unveil bill expanding Supreme Court Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., on Democrats introducing a bill to pack the Supreme Court. Progressives Thursday took one more step forward in their radical march to destroy another American institution. They already demand an end to the Electoral College , they want to do away with the filibuster, and they want to add more states to disrupt the workings of the Senate. Now they have made the Supreme Court their next target. Speaking on Thursday from the Supreme Court steps, Democratic political leaders introduced legislation to expand the Court from 9 to 13 Justices. Giving President Biden four appointments to the Court would override President Trump’s greatest legacy – Justices Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett – but at the price of transforming the Court into yet another plaything for radical politicians. Congress has the constitutional authority to set the size of … [Read more...] about John Yoo: Democrats’ court packing push is next step in radical march to destroy another American institution
The House Oversight Committee, chaired by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), has advanced Bill H.R. 51 by a vote of 25-19 to create D.C. statehood, which may receive a full House vote next week in an increasingly shrinking Democrat majority. Despite committee clearance after many counter amendments, Rep. Any Biggs (R-AZ) said the ultimate argument seems to hinge “on the 23rd Amendment, which guarantees the federal Capitol at least three electors in presidential elections.” Biggs’ view is supported by many legal scholars, who have denied D.C. statehood’s feasibility without a Constitutional amendment to the 23rd Amendment. Breitbart News reported Tuesday “the Office of Legal Counsel in 2007 stated it was unconstitutional when Democrats attempted to give D.C. voting power in Congress without making it a full state.” Additionally, the Justice Department under former President Reagan and former President Carter deemed the transformation of Washington, D.C. into a state … [Read more...] about House Democrats Advance Bill to Make Washington, D.C. a State
The status quo is killing us Re: “Mass incarceration, racial disparities are harming Coloradans,” April 8 commentary You might know Michael Marshall as the mentally ill, homeless man killed by sheriff’s deputies in the Denver jail, but to me he was Uncle Mike. Son of John Marshall and Hattie Lee Black-Marshall, Uncle Mike was a loving man, willing to do what he could for his family and other people experiencing homelessness. He had a contagious laugh and presence that brought joy at holidays and Sunday dinners. Because he lived with schizophrenia and the stigma that goes along with mental illness and poverty, you’ll never get to meet the man I loved, but you can honor his memory by supporting Senate Bill 62. Jails should be for people who are a danger to others. Yet, too many people like my uncle are jailed because they are experiencing homelessness, mental illness, substance use disorder, or can’t afford to buy their freedom. Uncle Mike was jailed for an alleged low-level … [Read more...] about Letters: The status quo is killing us (4/18/21)
The internet needs reform. Section 230 of the Federal Communications Decency Act insulates internet companies from content liability. Its famous 26 words are that: "No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider." The immunity is not specific. If your teen-age daughter is the target of internet bullying, “slut shaming,” a sex crime or even murder, the platform on which she met her tormentor is immune from responsibility. If you are the victim of fraud on the internet, cyberstalking, blackmail or extortion, the vehicle for criminal communication is immune from responsibility. If your privacy is invaded because you have given Facebook or Google too much data, it’s on you. You traded your data for a free membership. Section 230 has its roots in common law principles. The proprietor of a kiosk or bulletin board was never liable for defamatory content tacked or … [Read more...] about Is the antidote to bad speech more speech or more regulation?