Bob Jones

The summer sport of politics: Veepstakes

National | Edwards, runner-up to Kerry in the primaries, emerges as the favorite for VP
by Bob Jones
Posted 6/26/04, 12:00 am

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'Unmistakable hostility'

| Senator: "Some courts, led by the U.S.
by Bob Jones
Posted 6/26/04, 12:00 am

Justice Antonin Scalia recused himself from the Pledge of Allegiance case after saying publicly he believed the words "under God" were constitutionally permissible. Now, some members of Congress are close to demanding that Justice Scalia's colleagues permanently recuse themselves from all such cases in the future.

"Some courts, led by the U.S. Supreme Court, have demonstrated a clear and unmistakable hostility toward religious expression in the public square," said Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) at a June 8 hearing of the Senate subcommittee he chairs.

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PUNTING ON THE PLEDGE

| Liberals discover judicial restraint and join a unanimous Supreme Court in deciding . . .
by Bob Jones
Posted 6/26/04, 12:00 am

Fireworks aren't usually associated with Flag Day. So it seemed appropriate, somehow, that the Supreme Court settled its most controversial case of the year with a whimper rather than a bang.

In a decision handed down on June 14-Flag Day, ironically enough-the justices struck down a federal appeals court decision that the phrase "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance violates the separation of church and state. The unanimous ruling means that for the time being, at least, millions of schoolchildren can continue reciting the pledge without judicial editing.

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