Friday, January 16, 2004

Florida's Theocracy

According to Miami Daily Business Review, Florida judicial nominees may hafta answer some fairly personal questions about their views on various religious issues. For example:
• 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.
For real.

One female public defender was even asked the following during a judicial screening:
"Will you be able to balance your duties as a single mother of twins with your duties as a Broward judge?"
Isn't it, like, illegal for employers to ask these questions of anyone? Regardless of he irony isn't amusing. The nominees are being questioned by members of the 15th Judicial Circuit Judicial Nomination Commission.

Apparently, the biggest offender is O'Neal Dozier, the pastor of the fundamentalist Worldwide Christian Center in Pompano Beach, Florida. He was appointed by Governor Jeb Bush. As recently as November 30th 200, he was also quoted in the Sun-Sentinel as saying:
"This country is founded on the principles of Christianity, not the principles of Buddhism, not the principles of Judaism. I don't believe the developers of the Constitution would want us to compromise our Christian values."
He also described homosexuality: as "something so nasty and disgusting that it makes God want to vomit."

Quite a theocracy they got going on down there in Florida.

Via TalkLeft.

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