Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Move Over Judy Garland Here Comes Ted Olson

The profile of Ted Olson in today's NY Times is excellent. For some people it will seem like an Ebeneezer Scrooge story for others it is a Benedict Arnold story.

The profile:
"Mr. Olson, who is not a regular churchgoer, began to elaborate on his view that religious beliefs were insufficient legal justification for government to refuse to recognize same-sex marriage."
I would assert that religion is not a basis for any legal judgment, in as far as you can remove those ideas from your thought process.

Two quotes from the profile that shows the stupidity of the idea that people, even those with well defined ideologies, should be ruled by monolithic sets of ideas:
"Last month, at a Federalist Society lunch, Mr. Olson delivered his annual roundup of the Supreme Court term. He was greeted warmly, but there was palpable discomfort over the marriage case. Not a single person mentioned it to him, save for an oblique ribbing by David Bossie, whom Mr. Olson is representing in a case involving his scathing documentary about Hillary Rodham Clinton. After pecking Ms. Olson on the cheek, Mr. Bossie told her husband, “I’m not going to kiss you, even though apparently you wouldn’t mind.”

William Bradford Reynolds, another Reagan-era colleague, said later that while Mr. Olson presented a thoughtful case, 'He’s taking a more assertive view of how one should interpret the Constitution than you would normally expect Ted to take.'"
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