: Justice Scalia’s logic in his defense of the Texas sodomy law has been rolling around inside me like a botulistic oyster. He argues that by overturning this law, all laws based on morality are up for grabs. He quotes the Bowers decision: “…if all laws representing essentially moral choices are to be invalidated under the Due Process Clause, the courts will be very busy indeed.” OK, let’s carry that to its logical end. Laws on murder, rape, theft, assault, hate are all based on morality — all based on society’s shared view that these things are wrong, that they are immoral and should be illegal. Thus, Scalia is putting homosexuality and sodomy in the same moral bucket with murder, rape, theft, assault, and hate. He says that if you don’t forbid homosexuality, all other moral decisions are baseless. In what universe? In what church? In what nation? That is patently offensive and downright stupid.
: Atrios says:
I have to admit I
: Thanks to Anil, I just ordered an Amazon goodie box.
Leading by example
: Micah Halpern at Jewsweek suggests that as they set up their new nation and government, the Palestinians should follow the example of… Israel:
Palestinians have very few examples after which to model themselves when it comes to creating a state. The notion of a modern state is very new to them. Ironically, one of their best examples is a country they will be loathe to emulate — Israel.
The countries in the region, with the lone exception of Israel, are all Muslim states. With the exceptions of Turkey and Lebanon they are all dictatorships, powerfully ruled by monarchs and totalitarians.
Leadership and hegemony have a long history in the Arab world. But most of it is family based and tribal based, certainly a far cry from a Western system of national government….
The present leadership in the Palestinian Authority is different. Unlike Palestinian President Arafat and unlike most of the rest of the Arab world, Palestinian Prime Minister Abu Mazen does not want to create a dictatorship. Like them, he has an underlying distrust of anything Western and hatred towards Israel. But Abu Mazen understands that that’s not the way to build a country or to build a future.
Another Iraqi blogger
: Salam Pax trumpets the arrival of a woman Iraqi blogger. I’ll say that I’m glad to have another blogger, another voice, a woman’s voice. Now that I’ve said that, let me quickly add that her first post is utterly full of camel crap. Her first words:
I know that one day there will be agreat revolution against the Americans and now we have the first seeds of that revolution… Did you know that at the beginning of the invasion everybody said it
: Reynolds and Layne and Quick are taking vacations. The nerve.