Patterico's Pontifications

2/26/2004

COUNCIL WINNERS

Filed under: Watcher's Council — Patterico @ 9:30 pm

The winners have been announced. Congratulations (again) to “dog pornographer” Xrlq for the winning Council entry, Doggie Weddings in Frisco, and to Fried Man for the winning non-Council entry, Haiti, a slow motion catastrophe.

THE TAXPAYERS OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY FINALLY GET A BREAK

Filed under: Crime — Patterico @ 9:26 pm

The guy who allegedly murdered Los Angeles Police Department Officer Ricardo Lizarraga has killed himself, saving the taxpayers of Los Angeles County the cost of accomplishing his death through legal means.

Now we can all conveniently forget about the fact that he should have been been behind bars to begin with.

For those who care to remember Officer Lizarraga, his funeral will be at the cathedral downtown at 10 a.m. tomorrow morning. I plan to be there.

GOVERNMENT DISCRIMINATION AGAINST RELIGION UPHELD

Filed under: Court Decisions — Patterico @ 6:23 am

Eugene Volokh discusses yesterday’s Supreme Court decision in Davey v. Locke here. Volokh says that the case “held that states may discriminate against religious programs in distributing generally available benefits.”

In Volokh’s opinion, Justice Scalia’s dissent is more persuasive than the majority opinion. This observation could be applied to many landmark decisions issued by the Court in recent times. I believe that one day, Scalia will take his place next to Oliver Wendell Holmes as one of the great dissenters in Court history.

I haven’t had time to read the decision yet. However, if government has the power to discriminate against religious organizations, I wonder if the “logic” of the decision allows government to discriminate against only certain religious organizations. For example: “Here’s some money for you, and you — but nothing for the Jews.” When I read the decision, I will read it with an eye to answering that question.

Volokh describes the decision as resulting in

a regime where the government may discriminate against private religious institutions and programs, but may not discriminate in their favor. Now this is a wrong that is indeed worth amending the Constitution over.

Amen I certainly agree, brother.


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