When we think of our judicial system, in theory it’s supposed to be run by those who simply interpret the laws as defined by the Constitution. A judge, in an ideal setting, isn’t supposed to harbor personal feelings or opinions while presiding over a case – they’re simply supposed to interpret the law.
Though, as we all know, when it comes to many of our lower courts that’s sometimes not the case. Clearly, in a world of political parties and ideologies, politics has become ingrained within our court system. It shouldn’t have happened, but it did.
Then we have our Supreme Court which is basically the final word as it relates to the judicial process in our country. As most of us know, the Court’s nine justices are tasked with interpreting our Constitution. Sadly, they also sometimes behave as nothing more than political puppets for our nation’s two largest political parties.
To this day, I’ve never understood a “liberal” as opposed to a “conservative” justice. Aren’t they all supposed to be impartial? Shouldn’t the Supreme Court, at its core, be the one branch of government that’s not beholden to political parties?
Sadly, in today’s world, that’s not the case.
Well, in an admission that should terrify most Americans (even many conservatives), Justice Antonin Scalia essentially admitted that he’s a creationist during a commencement speech he was giving.
“Class of 2015, you should not leave Stone Ridge High School thinking that you face challenges that are at all, in any important sense, unprecedented,” Scalia said. “Humanity has been around for at least some 5,000 years or so, and I doubt that the basic challenges as confronted are any worse now, or alas even much different, from what they ever were.”
Yes, one of our nine Supreme Court justices – an individual who’s supposed to interpret laws, reality and facts – just said publicly that he believes humans have only been around for “5,000 years or so.”
Now, is this particularly surprising considering Scalia’s record as a justice? Not really. But it does give the American people an official confirmation that we have someone serving in one of the most powerful positions in this country who apparently looks at the theory of evolution as some kind of liberal hoax perpetuated by, well – science.
To put into perspective just how crazy it is for anyone to believe that the Earth is 6,000 years old, even Pat Robertson – yes, this guy – thinks the creationist belief concerning the age of the Earth is ridiculous.
As long as people aren’t trying to force their views on me, I typically try to be as respectful as I can towards the religious beliefs of others. But when it comes to creationists, I really just don’t have a lot of patience. Because, in my opinion, I think there’s a huge difference in having a faith-based belief about why we’re all here and what happens to us after we die, and being so mentally delusional that you would ignore mountains of scientific evidence about our planet and evolution to believe that the Earth is only 6,000 years old and humans have only been around for “5,000 years or so.”
To me, that’s not religion – that’s just bonafide crazy.
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