January 16, 2006
File this one under If you're going to cry for the cameras, at least
choose a somewhat plausible moment... During her husband's confirmation
hearings Mrs. Samuel Alito burst into tears and fled the hearing room. As if
on cue (as if not) the right wing press began gushing with sympathy toward
her, and accusations of senatorial brutality toward her husband. And never
mind that the tears began flowing forth, during friendly questioning by a
But if you're going to go for the sympathy vote, you probably need a better
candidate then a man who can shrug off a warrantless strip search of a child,
as Alito did back in 2003. When a lawyer for the family of a 10 year old
girl who was strip searched without a warrant in a small Pennsylvania coal
town brought their case before the federal Third Circuit Court, Alito
snappishly asked him, "Why do you keep bringing up the fact that this case
involves the strip search of a 10-year-old child?"
That probably wasn't a rhetorical question. He really was confused as to why
anyone would think it mattered that it was a 10 year old child...a girl in
fact, who had been strip searched without a warrant. He'd probably blow a
fuse to learn that some people think strip searching children is a crime
This is what the religious right, America's tin pot moral blowhards, are
pleased to call Supreme Court material. They can work themselves into a
lather about the emotional damage to children that same sex marriage, they
claim, causes. They can burst blood vessels yap yap yapping about how gay
people shouldn't be allowed anywhere near children for fear we might molest
them. But suggest that strip searching children might, just might, be a tad
beyond the bounds of decency and civilized behavior, let alone cause them
lasting emotional harm, and suddenly the religious right couldn't care less
about the emotional welfare of children. What are you...soft on
Here's a question for all you theocons out there: What offends Jesus more...
hypocrites, or people who brutalize children?
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