Federal Judges and the Religious Culture Wars

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When they refused to intervene in the Terri Schiavo case, House Majority Leader Tom DeLay said that federal judges would have to "answer for their behavior." Although he later apologized for being "inartful" in his comments, the campaign to limit the third branch of government is going strong. Christian conservatives claim federal judges are conducting a "war on faith." Republicans in Congress are pushing bills that would limit the courts' jurisdiction, selectively cut their budgets and facilitate impeachment. Democrats and moderate Republicans say that threatens the independence of the judiciary--even the rule of law. We explore whether "activist judges" have overstepped permissible boundaries with evangelists, legal experts, advocates of judicial independence and a former spokesman for Attorney General Janet Reno.
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McDonnell's article Iraqi cabinet picks

ACLU on religious liberty

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, CNN feature on removal of

Schiavo case, Senator DeLay on

TtP (Making News segment) on Supreme Court and Terri Schiavo case

Supreme Court and Ten Commandments, NewsHour segment on the

US Supreme Court on Van Orden v Perry

Manchester United Football Club

Harris' article about Manchester United, Glazer bid



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