Thursday, August 25, 2005

Roberts on education

With Roberts' Senate confirmation hearing fast approaching, it seems like everyone is analyzing his record. So why shouldn't I?

The Economist dated today has this to say about Roberts' view of the separation of church and state vis a vis education:

A... memo from 1985 shows that Mr Roberts thought it fine for schools in Alabama to require a moment of silence, during which pupils could pray if they wanted to. (The Supreme Court disagreed.) In 1991, as deputy solicitor-general, he co-wrote a brief urging the Supreme Court to allow schools to recite a prayer at graduation ceremonies, arguing that there was no coercion involved since attendance at such events is voluntary. (In the second case, he was acting as an advocate, so this was not necessarily his own opinion.)

In 1984, he argued that student religious groups should be allowed the same rights of assembly as other student groups. He also said he had “no quarrel” with a speech by Bill Bennett, in which the then education secretary chided the Supreme Court for barring the posting of the Ten Commandments in schools,...

So he's for school prayer and for the posting of the Ten Commandments? Great. Theocracy here we come.


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