The City of Berkeley, in response to an amicus brief I wrote in support of the Sea Scouts, has expressed outrage over how I could compare homosexuality with pedophilia, necrophilia, and bestiality. If it was even worth my time to file a reply to their innane response, I would ask them why exactly they presumptively believe pedophilia, necrophilia, and bestiality is any less perverse and unnatural than homosexuality.
11/23/02 correction: Actually, I meant why they presumptively believe pedophilia, necrophilia, and bestiality is any more perverse and unnatural than homosexuality.
Friday, November 22, 2002
Thursday, November 21, 2002
Thousands of wannabe lawyers in California will soon find out if they have passed what most people consider to be the toughest bar exam in the country (it's three days of nerve racking hell). Good luck, because, you know, California is really short on lawyers.
Wednesday, November 20, 2002
While a federal court decides if Missouri's partial-birth abortion ban is constitutional, a state appellate court has determined that the ban does not allow the procedure to be done even if the life of the mother is at risk. I personally see this as a red herring given the fact that well over 95% of partial-brith abortions are never performed in life threatening situations.
Tuesday, November 19, 2002
Monday, November 18, 2002
Sunday, November 17, 2002
Where did the modern understanding of "separation of church and state" come from? If you said Thomas Jefferson, you're wrong. It was former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black, whose anti-Catholicism highly influenced his 1947 ruling in Everson v. Board of Education that the First Amendment imposes a "high and impregnable" wall between church and state. For more information on this, see Separation of Church and State by University of Chicago law professor Philip Hamburger and Thomas Jefferson and the Wall of Separation Between Church and State (Critical America) by American University professor Daniel Dreisbach.