Why is This Embarassing?
Kevin Drum suggests that for the following reasons Clarence Thomas is an embarassment,
Thomas is one of the few jurists today, conservative or otherwise, who understands and defends the principle that our rights come not from government but from a “creator” and “the laws of nature and of nature’s God,” as our Declaration of Independence says, and that the purpose and power of government should therefore be limited to protecting our natural, God-given rights.
….The American people need to be reminded of the source of their rights and persuaded that limited government is good; that the principles of the Constitution Ã¢€” which are the natural-law principles of the Declaration of Independence Ã¢€” are timeless, not time-bound; that without those principles, the noble ends set forth in the Constitution’s preamble can never be achieved.–source
While I’m a diehard evolutionist, I don’t see a problem with the above. That is, if it is okay for a preacher or priest to say it, as Kevin claims, why is it ridiculous for Justice Thomas? Yes, I know about the seperation of church and state and all that, but so what? Does Kevin think that because Thomas believes in a creator and that is the source of our rights that Thomas cannot understand and apply the notion of seperation of church and state?