Unlike former University of Chicago Law School Dean Geoff Stone, I am not particularly troubled by the fact that last week's abortion decision was written by five Roman Catholics. But at the same time I think that the manner in which Jan Crawford Greenburg dismisses his concerns is ... well, ridiculous. She writes:
Why not speculate that the five justices in the majority happen to like baseball - and therefore are more inclined to appreciate rules? That's no less relevant or "telling," as Stone put it, than their religious views.
Hmmm, what's the word for that response? Inane? Stupid? I mean while I don't think it likely that the judges involved made their decision on the basis of the teaching's of their Church, as members of the Church it's entirely reasonable to believe that the Church's teachings might have some sort of influence on their perspectives and behavior. Many people are deeply shaped by their religious views, and the Roman Catholic Church has clear views about abortion. To my knowledge, Major League Baseball has no set views on the practice. It's a wildly off-point comparison.Posted by armand at April 26, 2007 03:48 PM | TrackBack | Posted to Law and the Courts | Media