I’m sure that you have all already seen Obama’s speech at Rev. Clementa Pinckney’s funeral, but I really just wanted to put it up on my blog, so as to have it catalogued here. If you are not moved by it then you might just be completely jaded beyond repair.
In other news did you see Clarence Thomas’ dissension in the Equality for Gay Marriage Supreme court decision? It’s easy to write Scalia off as a bitter old man, because we all have some old relatives like that, not so easy with Roberts and Alito.
But with Clarence Thomas, because he replaced the first black supreme court justice, the ever full of grace, compassion and brilliance, the honorable Thurgood Marshall, he will always be held to a higher standard by me. Thomas’ bitter and compassionless term continues to be a disgrace to Marshall’s legacy.
In Thomas’ dissension he wrote that “Human dignity cannot be taken away by the government. Slaves did not lose their dignity (any more than they lost their humanity) because the government allowed them to be enslaved. Those held in internment camps did not lose their dignity because the government confined them. And those denied governmental benefits certainly do not lose their dignity because the government denies them those benefits. The government cannot bestow dignity, and it cannot take it away.”
Did he seriously just use the comparison of the oppression of gays and slavery in a justification for keeping equal rights from them? Wait a second, for real?
If you have any comments on the news of the day, let me hear about it.