Wednesday, November 03, 2004

The Culture War

As a result of this election, the separation of church and state is effectively dead. Bush will appoint at least three Supreme Court justices, and possibly more. His appointees will all be Scalia clones. Keep in mind that Scalia and Rehnquist were the two justices who found, in the 1987 case Edwards v. Aguillard, that teaching Young-Earth creationism as an alternative scientific theory in science classes was just fine.

Think I'm exaggerating? Here's Bill Bennett:, writing for National Review:

Having restored decency to the White House, President Bush now has a mandate to affect policy that will promote a more decent society, through both politics and law. His supporters want that, and have given him a mandate in their popular and electoral votes to see to it. Now is the time to begin our long, national cultural renewal (“The Great Relearning,” as novelist Tom Wolfe calls it) — no less in legislation than in federal court appointments. It is, after all, the main reason George W. Bush was reelected.

Obviously, I don't agree that Bush has restored decency to the White House. But otherwise Bennett is right.


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