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08/25/2010

No judge left behind: Even deeply GOP Bush appointees earn 'activist' ire

by Jeremy Hooper

Screen Shot 2010-08-25 At 11.49.24 AmFACT: James Randal Hall served as a Republican state senator in Georgia's 22nd district.

FACT: James Randal Hall was appointed to a federal judgeship by George W. Bush.

FACT: Senators as conservative as Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson spoke in support of Hall's U.S. District Judge appointment.

FACT: Judge Randal Hall recently defended Augusta State University's decision to requite a graduate student to follow certain guidelines on homosexuality if she hopes to remain in the school's counseling program. And in his ruling, Hall was careful to say his decision was not about "pitting Christianity against homosexuality," but instead was about the constitution and its application to the school's requirements.

FACT: Social conservatives like Janie Shaw Crouse don't typically care about the facts at hand, preferring to instead undermine the role of the independent judiciary by claiming that any judge who rules in a way they dislike is nothing more than a liberal, gay-sympathizing activist:

Dr. Janice Crouse of Concerned Women for America sees judicial activism in action.

"The really horrendous part is that one single judge is able to make a decision that influences so many different aspects of our culture. And we're seeing it over and over again where that judge is imposing his own personal views -- which is such a contradiction and is so ironic when this young woman's rights are being taken away from her."
Judge says 'remediation' lawful, student appeals [ONN]

You know, because when is Saxby Chambliss not taking to the Senate floor to speak in support of a judge who's motivated by his own personal gay agenda? [::liberal eye roll, activist head shake::]

FACT: Judge Vaughn Walker was first nominated by Reagan, then ultimately Confirmed under H.W. Bush (amid liberal dissent). The justice who authored the Iowa Supreme Court's Varnum opinion, Mark S. Cady, was appointed by conservative Republican governor (and current gubernatorial candidate) Terry Branstad, as was the chief justice of the court, Marsha Ternus. Judge Ronald George, who wrote the California Supreme Court's 2008 that gave that state marriage equality, describes himself as a lifelong Republican. And so on and so on.

FACT: If these social conservatives are going to keep insisting on GOP elected officials, then they are going to have to start taking responsibility for whatever legal opinions these same elected Republicans hath wrought!

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