It's the Religious Right That's "Out of Control"
Yesterday was the so-called Justice Sunday where religious leaders held a televised rally decrying the judicial filibusters as an attack on people of faith. Anger seethed from their every word. As reported in the Washington Post:
James Dobson, chairman of Focus on the Family, spoke from the church's pulpit and criticized the Supreme Court, seven of whose nine members were named by Republican presidents. The court's majority, Dobson said, "are unelected and unaccountable and arrogant and imperious and determined to redesign the culture according to their own biases and values, and they're out of control.".
We are constantly bombarded by the Republican talking point that our judges are “out of control.” But how many cases are we talking about here? Obviously they mean abortion. Homosexual sex. Terri Schiavo. What else?
The Republicans have controlled the Congress and the Presidency for awhile now, but their social conservative base is still upset by what they see in society. The only branch left to blame is the Judiciary. But what happens when the current slate of judges are seated and our society still offends the Justice Sunday crowd?
Changing our judges will not change our society. The Religious Right and the politicians aligned with them are wrongly destabilizing our government over false pretenses. It is they, not the judiciary, that's out of control.