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Christian Conservatives Declare War On The Judiciary

by @ 12:43 pm on May 31, 2010. Filed under Legal, Politics

The California judiciary is under attack in what might be described as a holy war:

SAN DIEGO – A group of conservative attorneys say they are on a mission from God to unseat four California judges in a rare challenge that is turning a traditionally snooze-button election into what both sides call a battle for the integrity of U.S. courts.

Vowing to be God’s ambassadors on the bench, the four San Diego Superior Court candidates are backed by pastors, gun enthusiasts, and opponents of abortion and same-sex marriages.

“We believe our country is under assault and needs Christian values,” said Craig Candelore, a family law attorney who is one of the group’s candidates. “Unfortunately, God has called upon us to do this only with the judiciary.”


The bar rated Candelore and his running mates Bill Trask and Larry “Jake” Kincaid as “lacking some or all of the qualities of professional ability, experience, competence, integrity and temperament indicative of fitness to perform the judicial function in a satisfactory mode.”

Trask is a lawyer for a mortgage firm and Kincaid is a family law attorney.

The bar said it did not have enough information to rate Coleman, an arbitrator for business disputes. He faces Judge DeAnn Salcido, who also received the bar’s lowest mark of “lacking qualifications.”

This is one of the reasons that I generally don’t like the idea of electing judges.

One Response to “Christian Conservatives Declare War On The Judiciary”

  1. Citizen Tom says:

    Holy war? I suppose that term is suppose to put the image of bloodthirsty, Christian jihad warriors in our heads. What nonsense! Do you actually suppose the people who advocate a “living Constitution” are just being reasonable?

    If anyone is trying to be God’s ambassador, then honesty requires that they interpret the Law as written. It is lying to morph the Law to mean whatever you want it to mean. Check out the Ten Commandments. Lying is a sin — but we don’t want a judge with Christian values. No, he or she might actually be afraid to violate his or her oath of office.

    Let just use your own reference for a moment. Let’s even concede the terms. Look carefully at the groups backing the Christian judges: pastors, gun enthusiasts, and opponents of abortion and same-sex marriages.

    The pastors: Our nation’s laws were founded upon Christian morality. The Founders assumed that custom, not the law, would largely enforce community values. Yet we have various special interests, such as secularists, gun control advocates, same-sex marriage advocates, abortionists, and pornographers, trying to use judicial activism to foist their own values upon the rest of us. Has it occurred to you that any pastor who does not take a stand against such corruption is not protecting his flock?

    Gun enthusiasts: To win an argument that they have been losing for centuries, gun control advocates insist upon packing the courts. Gun enthusiasts are not suppose to resist such crap?

    Opponents of abortion: The right to an abortion is in the Constitution? Even Liberal judges know the Constitution had to “evolve” before they could insist that nonsense is true.

    Opponents of same-sex marriages: The only reason this is an issue is BECAUSE judicial advocates for same-sex marriage insist that Law says something it clearly does not say. The people who made this an issue in the courts violated their oath of office. They LIED. Is a “qualified” judge one who is willing to lie?

    Nonetheless, you say protecting Christian traditions that made our free society possible is “holy war.” Well, perhaps you are right. If so, then any Libertarian with half a mind should be hoping for more such holy war.

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