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The Ford Funeral and Justice Stevens


On NRO’s home page today is my essay “Rites and Wrongs:  The Ford funeral and Justice Stevens”.  An excerpt: 


Ford’s state funeral stands in sharp counterpoint to Ford’s statement last year that he was “prepared to allow history’s judgment” of his presidency to rest exclusively on his appointment of Justice John Paul Stevens — and that he specifically agreed with Stevens’s positions on the establishment clause. For the ceremony at National Cathedral that Ford himself so carefully planned could never have taken place as it did — and probably could not have occurred at all — if Stevens’s radically secularist misreading of the establishment clause were governing law.


By the way, I realize that I have rather neglected Justice Stevens over the past couple years.  One of my New Year’s resolutions is to make up for that neglect during 2007. 


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