Thursday, July 9, 2015

South Dakota Politics And Debate Camp: I Love It When A Plan Comes Together

Via Mr. Heidelberger, I note that the ACLU has challenged Attorney General Marty Jackley on his assertion that county clerks could refuse to issue marriage licences to same sex couples if the official's conscience or religious convictions so dictated, the recent Obergefell decision not withstanding. Jackley, who will almost certainly run for governor in 2018, likely anticipated this challenge and is probably planning campaign commercials  touting his quixotic effort, alleging that it was thwarted by a leftist, liberal, progressive, socialist, cabal of atheistic lawyers. (I hope I didn't leave out any current dog whistles.)

Meanwhile, at debate camp in beautiful Brookings, South Dakota, the young Lincoln-Douglas debaters are preparing cases on Resolved: In the United States criminal justice system, jury nullification ought to be used in the face of perceived injustice. The cynic in me wonders if Jackley will now appeal to the South Dakota Republicans of a more libertarian bent and advocate that juries be informed that they are judges of both the law and fact, at least in court cases involving weddings.

In other political news, Reverend Steve Hickey has announced he will be leaving the legislature and his pulpit to "study Christian ethics with an emphasis on surveillance in the modern world in the Bonhoeffer Studies program at the University of Aberdeen." In a serendipitous coincidence, the policy debaters are preparing to spend the next season debating Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially curtail its domestic surveillance.  My knowledge of Bonhoeffer is limited to knowing that he prophetically spoke against "cheap grace." If Reverend Hickey stumbles upon this blog, my students and I would appreciate his forwarding any reading lists about both Bonhoeffer and surveillance.

Finally, in one other debate camp and politics connection, I notice that Cory has created a debate tournament for the Republican Presidential candidates. I look forward to his format for quarters, semis, and finals.


Tara Volesky said...

I doubt Pastor Hickey will be going to Scotland because the AG is going to be forced to charge him with felonies for petion violations. He did the same thing Bosworth did. Skipping the country is not going to let Hickey or Jackley off the hook.

Kal Lis said...

If the evidence is a clear as you claim, perhaps he will be blessed with a jury who believes nullification is a viable option.

I still want to learn more about Bonhoeffer for my edification, and I want to learn more about the surveillance state so I can coach my young'uns better.