John W. Whitehead More committed to protecting his political friends than upholding the rule of law, Alberto Gonzales' tenure as U.S. attorney general has been characterized by his tendency to be a political "yes man" and a manipulator of the law.

"Neutrality and silence in the face of oppression always aid the oppressors. American pulpits must not cower from speaking truth to power."

 

- Reverend Ed Bacon, All Saints Episcopal Church

 

On October 31, 2004, just two days before the presidential election, George Regas, the retired pastor of All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, California, was invited to deliver a guest sermon at the church. In his sermon titled "If Jesus Debated Senator Kerry & President Bush," Regas urged the congregation to vote their conscience in the upcoming election. However, he was quick to say of the debate, "Jesus does win! And I don't intend to tell you how to vote."

Justice Antonin ScaliaOn March 28, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia took his seat at the nation’s highest court to hear Hamdan v. Rumsfeld. His task, along with the other justices, was to determine whether Salim Hamdan, a captured enemy combatant, should be afforded a fair and basic trial. The court would hear, for the first time, arguments from both sides over whether Hamdan should be afforded basic due process rights as a war-time detainee – an outcome that would establish a dramatic precedent in American law governing times of war.

The lawyers for Hamdan knew they were facing an uphill battle. But the problem wasn’t in their argument. It was in persuading a justice who had already made up his mind about the issue.

 

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