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  •  yes, it would be. (0+ / 0-)

    Dawkins is to atheism as Rand is to personal responsibility

    by terrypinder on Thu Jan 23, 2014 at 04:46:29 AM PST

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    •  No, it wouldn't. Example: me. (0+ / 0-)

      Early in my legal career, I spent nearly 9 years as a low-paid legal services lawyer for the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, because my religious and moral principles say I should use my talents to serve others less fortunate, not simply to make myself as rich as possible. And for the last 17 years I've been in private practice representing disabled people trying to get Social Security and SSI disability, again motivated significantly by the same religious and moral principles. Don't get me wrong, I make a good living in this disability practice; but I could make much more money doing corporate or tax law.

      When I argue that a judge should find my client disabled, I certainly don't argue that Christian or Jewish or Muslim or Hindu or humanist principles require that my client get a monthly benefit check and Medicare or Medicaid coverage. Instead I argue that the medical and vocational evidence in the case file proves my client meets the definition of "disability" in the Social Security Act.

      I expect Gene Schaerr will approach his arguments in the marriage case the same way.

      Gene Schaerr and I both believe we should use our time and abilities, and the legal system, to make the world a better place. We have different ideas about what a better world would be like, but that doesn't make his or my motivations improper.

      "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

      by HeyMikey on Thu Jan 23, 2014 at 09:00:51 AM PST

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