“Possibly-serious Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is giving few details about the investigation he claims to have launched in Hawaii to get to the bottom of where President Obama was born, but the business mogul told CNN Thursday Americans will be “very surprised” by what he has found.
“‘We’re looking into it very, very strongly. At a certain point in time I’ll be revealing some interesting things,’ Trump said on CNN’s American Morning.
“Trump first claimed earlier this month he had sent investigators to Obama’s home state in an effort to find out if the president was indeed born there, as he says he was and several media organization’s independent investigations have confirmed.
“‘I have people that have been studying it and they cannot believe what they’re finding,’ Trump told NBC then.”
“The U.S. judge who struck down California’s gay marriage ban never considered his own homosexuality as a reason to recuse himself from the case, he said on Wednesday.
“Former U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker’s comments were his first on what legal observers have been been intensely — but quietly — discussing since the blockbuster case was filed. Some wondered whether his sexual orientation would affect his decision and how it would be received.
“However the group defending California’s gay marriage ban, Proposition 8, refrained from raising the issue in court. Walker eventually struck down Prop 8 as unconstitutional, and the case is currently on appeal.
“The Republican-nominated judge, who had a stormy history with the local gay community, calmly controlled his courtroom during the trial, adding dollops of humor as well.
“The case could set national policy if it reaches the U.S. Supreme Court and is being watched throughout the nation, where same-sex marriage is legal in only five of 50 states.”
“And as Ed explains, the question is not whether the judge thinks he can remain impartial. The question is whether the judge’s impartiality might reasonably be questioned ‘from the perspective of a reasonable person.’
“Whelan makes a strong case. It’s not about sexual orientation. Walker stands to gain (at least in his own mind as reflected in the strange ‘findings of fact’ and conclusions contained in his written decision) personally and financially should he “marry” his partner at some point in the future, all made possible by his August 2010 decision. As usual, the mainstream media is totally ignoring this story.
“It would be up to the proponents of Prop 8 to now make the request to the 9th Circuit to have Walker disqualified and his opinion thrown out. That would put the Prop 8 litigation back to square one.”
“Christians believe that everyone is welcome at the foot of the cross — but we also believe with German martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer that ‘When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.’
“That’s why Stanley Fish is right in saying that a crucifix can never be what the court called ‘an essentially passive symbol.’
“On that point, I wholeheartedly agree with him. Religious symbols matter because they convey meaning, and that’s why we Christians support the right to display them. Without that meaning, without Christ’s death and resurrection, the cross doesn’t matter — and neither does our faith.
“This is the liberal cause: strip all sacred symbols and words of their meaning….”