web analytics
March 29, 2015 / 9 Nisan, 5775
At a Glance
InDepth
Sponsored Post


Supreme Decisions And Times-Style Spin

The world hardly needs a Jewish Press commentary on the affirmative action and gay rights rulings handed down by the United States Supreme Court last week. There have already been
millions of words written about them, and there will certainly be millions more.

We do, however, urge our readers to sit back and contemplate how it came to pass that the custodian of a Constitution requiring all Americans to be treated equally under the law endorsed the principle that public decisions may be made based on race. Or, after all these years of legislative history to the contrary, how our nation’s highest court was able to find
authority in the Constitution to effectively bar our federal and state governments from restricting conduct simply because it’s consensual.

We do however, think it important to draw attention to the spin these decisions were subject to in the pages of The New York Times, which attempted to portray them as eminently logical and unremarkable.

In its editorial roundup this past Sunday on the Supreme Court Term – matter-of-factly titled “A Moderate Term of the Court” (emphasis ours) – the Times cited in its opening paragraphs the Court’s “endorsing the consideration of race” in college admissions and that “gay sexual relations are constitutionally protected” because they are consensual.

Yet on Tuesday, in a front-page story headlined “In a Momentous Term, Justices Remake the Law, and the Court” (emphasis ours), the Times’s longtime Supreme Court reporter and resident constitutional law expert, Linda Greenhouse, wrote:

The Supreme Court term that ended last week will leave as big an imprint as any in recent memory – not only on the country, but on the court itself in ways few would have expected when the term began….
 
In an amazing final week, the court preserved affirmative action in university admissions, providing a safe harbor for a policy that Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s majority opinion described not as something to be grudgingly tolerated but as close to a moral imperative. Then the court found in the Constitution’s due process guarantee a demand for gay men and lesbians to be accorded dignity and respect for their private sexual behavior.

The Times – and the Left for which it speaks – may think all of this is no big deal. But it is really a very big deal for millions of Americans who refuse to be swayed by ideological trends and political fashions.

About the Author:


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “Supreme Decisions And Times-Style Spin”

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
PLO / PA / Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas.
PA Back Down on ICC in Exchange for Frozen Tax Revenue
Latest Indepth Stories
Father Gabriel Naddaf with soldiers

My beliefs & actions have led to numerous death threats against me; my excommunication by my church

Islamic Relief Worldwide Logo

In November 2014, Islamic Relief Worldwide was classified as a terrorist organization by the United Arab Emirates.

Safran-032715

Too rarely appreciated for its symbolic weight; it can represent freedom and independence.

Erica Pelman is a spiritually-driven woman. She is founder and director of “In Shifra’s Arms” (ISA), an organization that offers aid to pregnant Jewish women of all religious backgrounds practically, financially and emotionally. Its arms are open to any pregnant woman in need whether single, divorced, separated, or from a financially-strapped family. “Presently, we are […]

Many so-called “humanitarian NGOs” frequently abuse Israel by applying false moral equivalencies

Israeli history now has its version of “Dewey Defeats Truman” with headlines from 2 anti-Bibi papers

In God’s plan why was it necessary that Moses be raised by Pharaoh, away from his own family&people?

In their zechus may we all come to appreciate that life is a fleeting gift and resolve to spend every precious moment of it as if it were the last.

In any event, Mr. Netanyahu after the election sought to soften his statement on Palestinian statehood and apologized for what he conceded were remarks that “offended some Israeli citizens and offended members of the Israeli Arab community.”

A worthy idea any way you look at it.

There is something quite distinctive about the biblical approach to time.

The Waqf kept control of the Temple Mount due to Dayan’s “magnanimity in victory” after 6 Day war

The event promotes “1 state” solution (end of Israel as a Jewish State), BDS, lawfare against Israel

I rescued you?! You’re doing me a favor letting me help you!

More Articles from Editorial Board

In their zechus may we all come to appreciate that life is a fleeting gift and resolve to spend every precious moment of it as if it were the last.

A worthy idea any way you look at it.

If nothing really changes in the hearts and minds of the Palestinians, is Israel obligated to provide them and its other adversaries launching pads for attacks?

The United States placed enormous pressure on Israel to relinquish its gains, which Prime Minister Ben-Gurion did with great reluctance.

The real issue is that in many respects the president has sought to recalibrate American values and our system of government.

Former Connecticut senator Joe Lieberman, writing in the Washington Post on Sunday, provided one of the clearest and most compelling analyses we’ve seen of the importance of the prime minister’s speech.

Gone are the days when an anchorman sitting in a New York studio could, after sharing 22 minutes of carefully selected and edited news items, trumpet in stentorian tones, “And that’s the way it is.” No it wasn’t. It never was.

President Obama has frequently cautioned that Americans should take great care to avoid fomenting anti-Muslim passions in our reaction to the murderous activities regularly being perpetrated by terrorists in the name of Islam. One wonders why, though, he seems to have no concern with the potential for anti-Semitic fallout from his full-court press against Israeli […]

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/editorial/supreme-decisions-and-times-style-spin/2003/08/01/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: