Peanut Butter & Jelly, Chips & Salsa, Church & State ... Oh, Wait

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Separation of church and state. If we're not going to stick with it, why pretend?

  • John Paul Stevens is retiring and President Obama is looking for a suitable Supreme Court replacement. That's kind of my dream job, but I don't think I made the short list. Who will make the list? Some commentators are suggesting Obama should consider the faith of his next nominee. With Stevens (a Protestant) gone, the Court will be composed of six Catholic and two Jewish justices. One legal expert says having Protestant representation is key to avoiding an "undermining of confidence in the court"; others say the mere talk of religion when it comes to appointing justices is distracting. And you? -- Los Angeles Times
  • Last week, federal judge Barbara Crabb ruled that a statute mandating a National Day of Prayer violated the First Amendment. Her decision isn't going over so well -- Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann called her a gangster judge. Kidding. Bachmann called the ruling absurd and says liberals are causing "God to be stricken from public life." So ... Bachmann wants less government intervention except when it comes to mandating prayer. I'm changing her nickname to Both-Ways Bachmann (I'm not telling you what it was before). -- The Minnesota Independent

  • Sarah Palin is drawing heat for remarks she made at a Women of Joy Christian conference. For one, she called America a "Christian nation" -- thank God (see, I'm religious) she wasn't speaking at a synagogue. Palin also said, "Lest anyone try to convince you that God should be separated from the state, our founding fathers, they were believers." So ... Palin wants less government intervention except when it comes to ... I think I'm having deja vu.  -- ABC News
  • Let's talk environmentalism. It's Earth Day after all. Some people think that climate change is a bunch of hooey. Let's say it is. Let's say that the world is flat and that environmentalism is, oh, I dunno, a religion. That's not so crazy. A British worker won over $150,000 after suing his employer for "environmental discrimination." The judge ruled that his belief in climate change was akin to a religious belief and should be protected from discrimination. Just think, if that were the case in the US, federal funding of environmental projects might be considered an endorsement of a specific religion, so we'd lose it. That could never happen though because our country doesn't have a strict tradition of separation of church and state. Clearly, the founders wanted us to save the planet. Right, ladies? -- Telegraph
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