Thursday, December 22, 2005


I highly recommend this week's Thomas Sowell column, which was a perfect fit for this week's blogburst! Here is the relevant excerpt:

Over the years, we have gotten used to the American Civil Liberties Union launching legalistic jihads against recognitions of Christmas, in between coming to the rescue of murderers and terrorists.

The ACLU invokes that famous phrase about a "wall of separation between church and state" -- a phrase found nowhere in the Constitution but somehow considered to be part of Constitutional law.

The Constitution forbad Congress from creating "an establishment of religion" but this was no mysterious concept known only to deep thinking legal scholars.

The people who wrote the Constitution all knew exactly what an establishment of religion was because they had all lived under one -- the established Church of England.

Being established meant that everyone had to pay taxes to support that church, whether they belonged to it or not, and that people who didn't belong to the established church could not be admitted to various institutions or be appointed to certain official positions.

This had nothing to do with Christmas, merry or otherwise.

It is one of the sad signs of our times that we allow the ACLU to bamboozle us, or bully us with lawsuits, over something for which no one ever passed a law.

The ACLU gets away with this not only because of liberal judges who create their own laws out of thin air and call it "Constitutional" law. The ACLU and others get away with spooking us on all sorts of things, even when they don't threaten us with lawsuits, but only with not being in step with the latest politically correct notions.

The man is one of my idols, and it's easy to see why.

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BobG said...

Thomas Sowell is one of the greats. There was an interview of him on FOX this weekend, I hope you caught it. If not watch for it to be repeated. If the phrase gentleman and scholar could ever be truly applied it surely fits Sowell. BTW, Merry Christmas.

Chris said...

I was fortunate enough to catch it over at my fiances place this weekend. I made a big thing of it, because I excerpted him in this post. Thanks for the good wishes, Bob.