Strong opinions, weakly held

Subverting the constitution

Jason Levine describes how supporters of the Boy Scouts are trying to subvert the Constitution in order to maintain federal support for the group even though its discrimination based on religion makes it ineligible for such benefits. Here’s how it works:

Now you see why I find this so fascinating? It’s clear that the Constitution forbids our government from supporting organizations that mandate religious faith (like the Boy Scouts), and it’s also pretty clear that there’s no way the Senate would get the country to amend that ban out of the Constitution. So in order to get around it, the Senate is trying to pass laws that aim to prevent ordinary taxpayers from having sufficient standing to bring suit — “what we do might be unconstitutional, but you don’t have the right to file a court case to demonstrate that, so we can do it anyway.” And as the final straw, they did all of it by declaring that the Boy Scout Jamboree is vital for national security.

These are the same people who constantly go around claiming that they’re for strict interpretation of the Constitution. Spare me.


  1. dropped word in the first sentence there?

  2. An end run around the Constutition

    Reading about the fatal tragedy at the Boy Scout Jamboree, two things struck me. First of all, the death of four people in front of their entire troop really is a horrible tragedy, and given the way that it appears…

  3. These are the same people who want to protect gun makers from liability when their legal products are used for illegal purposes, but want to prosecute makers of peer-to-peer file sharing software when their legal products are used for illegal purposes.

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