From the Right: Activist Judges

Elizabeth Gorder

Elizabeth Gorder

Activist judges are continuously writing their own laws. The timeliest example I can give just happened on Sept. 26. Earlier this year a law was passed in Kentucky forbidding protests within 300 feet of a military funeral. A federal judge, who said the protesters are protected by free speech, overturned the law this year.

What about the family and friends of the soldier who died? They should be protected from being disrupted during their time to reflect, mourn and honor the dead. This judge simply threw out the law; it’s wrong and has happened too many times.

This even happened with the big “Florida Re-count” during Bush v. Gore. The whole event should not have been so lengthy, had the Florida laws been followed. The Florida Secretary of State certified the election returns on Nov. 14, seven days after the election. But two weeks after the election (one week beyond the deadline), Gore asked for a fourth recount and the Florida Supreme Court gave it to him. Apparently, the Florida Supreme Court decided seven days means 14 days.

Activist judges have decided that our right to life guaranteed in the United States Constitution does not include unborn babies. But at the same time, Scott Peterson was charged with double murder when he killed his pregnant wife, and the woman who recently ripped her baby from her womb was also charged with murder.

The activist courts will relate anything to free speech and they will say anything is freedom of expression. Live sex shows, pornography (yes, a judge actually ruled that a law guarding children from porn on the Web violates free speech), child pornography, flag burning. It’s all “freedom of speech” and “freedom of expression.” That is, until it comes to praying in schools. It doesn’t make any sense to me.