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lazarus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-14-04 01:44 PM
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Florida is applying a religious test for judges
Jeb Bush has been given the right to directly appoint every member of every Judicial Nomination Committee. And here's what's happening.

Theocracy's a-comin', folks.

http://www.law.com/jsp/article.jsp?id=1073667920028

Will you be able to balance your duties as a single mother of twins with your duties as a Broward judge?"

That was the question Broward County Assistant Public Defender Jayme Cassidy says she was asked by a member of the 15th Judicial Circuit Judicial Nomination Commission during her two judicial screening interviews in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

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But several applicants interviewed by the Daily Business Review complained that JNC members have asked them:

- Whether they are active in their church.

- Whether the candidate is a "God-fearing person."

- How they feel about the U.S. Supreme Court's 2003 ruling striking down a Texas law criminalizing homosexual activity.

- How they would feel about having the Ten Commandments posted in their courtroom.
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davidinalameda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-14-04 01:47 PM
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1. aren't these questions illegal to ask?
:shrug:

or am I being exceedingly naive here
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lazarus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-14-04 01:54 PM
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2. Only if you
care about little things like the US Constitution, which the Bush boys have shown they simply don't.
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Cannikin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-14-04 01:57 PM
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3. The words....
The First Amendment
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion...

Article VI, Section 3
...no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.

http://religion.aynrand.org/
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