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


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.