Talking Points

May 31, 2006

A Twofer from the Supreme Court

Filed under: Talking Points memo — talkingpoints @ 2:10 am

Supreme Court rules that The First Amendment does not apply to government employees, and the Boy Scouts keep God in their pledge – that’s the subject of today’s Talking Points memo.

In a whistle-blower case, the Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4, that public employees do not have carte blanche to disclose government secrets.  The majority concluded that the First Amendment does not protect every statement that a public employee makes in the course of his/her job.

Now, for the loosing side, the Liberal Justice, John Paul Stevens argued that there is no difference between Private Citizens Rights and those of Government Employees. 

Oh, but here is the glaring difference:  Ordinary citizens don’t have access to government secrets.  When you willingly take a job that requires you to shut up – you shut up.

And, by the way, the tie breaking vote came from Sam Alito. 

The second case involves the Boy Scouts.  A Michigan father, John Sclease, is a ‘proud atheist.’    In 1998, he and his son wanted to participate in the scout program at the boys elementary school.  Then it came time for the son and father to take the Boy Scout Pledge: ‘To do my duty to God and my country.’  (emphasis added)

Well, that was beyond the pale. That was outrageous.  Mr. Sclease has been in court ever since suing to stop public schools opening the doors to the Scouts, because they ‘discriminate against the non-religious.’

The Supreme Court just rejected Sclease’s  appeal – their way of saying “get  lost.”

Well, this court is going to be among us long after President Bush leaves office, and thanks to his judicial picks, the Bush-hating-left will have a thorn in their side for years to come – which I for one are here to celebrate.

And that’s the memo.

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1 Comment »

  1. Finally our side wins one. I just knew I’d like Judge Alito. To those who don’t like God, stay out of the Boy Scouts and find another country to live in.

    Comment by Shirley — May 31, 2006 @ 1:43 pm | Reply


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