Friday, April 15, 2005

Eric Berndt is a hero

Eric Berndt is not a household name. His act of courage is not widely known. But he is a law student who dared to challenge a homophobic supreme court justice. When the Supreme Court overturned the Texas law criminalizing sodomy, Justice Scalia dissented.

Eric had a legitimate follow-up question - one that he asked in a public forum, in the presence of Justice Scalia's wife. His question was simple - "Do you sodomize your wife?"

Seems like a legitimate question to me - in fact, I think that each of the judges should have disclosed whether they had ever engaged in sodomy before considering the case. Pretty clear conflict of interest, it seems to me, if they are a bunch of sodomists (and I'm betting they are, and you are, too).

Oddly enough, Justice Scalia refused to answer. Odder still is the fact that Eric is being attacked for even asking.

Fortunately, Eric is smarter and more articulate than his attackers. It helps that he's on the right side of the issue.


Blogger Kathleen said...

I agree. ERIC BERNDT has courage that too many of us lack. The issue is justice and the rights of individuals. I think he made the right point in the right way.

4/23/2005 7:12 AM  

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