Monday, April 27, 2009

Inhofe objects to judge following constitution

According to a blog post by Bruce Prescott, former president of the Oklahoma Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Senator Jim Inhofe has threatened to filibuster Obama judicial nominee David Hamilton.

Why? According to Prescott:
Inhofe objects to a ruling by Hamilton that required the Indiana State legislature to abide by the disestablishment clause of the First Amendment:
"Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion . . ."
Prescott cites a post on a blog called Overruled, which says that Inhofe announced his intentions on the Senate floor on April 20th.

Apparently, Inhofe is upset with Hamilton
because of his 2005 decision as a Federal district court judge presiding over the case Hinrichs v. Bosmah, in which he enjoined the Speaker of Indiana’s House of Representatives from permitting “sectarian” prayers to be offered as part of that body’s official proceedings
So, if I have this straight, Inhofe is offended because Hamilton actually upheld the letter of the Constitution. But isn't following the Constitution to the letter what people like Inhofe supposedly want?

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