When Texas judge Fred Biery granted an injunction against religious displays at a public high school in San Antonio last year he probably had an inkling that his ruling would be controversial, but he may not have anticipated becoming Newt Gingrich's prime example of judicial overreach. The case was settled last week, but the rhetoric goes on. In announcing the settlement Judge Biery seems to have taken a page from Gingrich's own style book with his choice of grand adverbs, writing in closing:
During the course of this litigation, many have played a part:
To the United States Marshal Service and local police who have provided heightened security:
To those Christians who have venomously and vomitously cursed the Court family and threatened bodily harm and assassination: In His name, I forgive you.
To those who have prayed for my death: Your prayers will someday be answered, as inevitably trumps probability.
To those in the executive and legislative branches of government who have demagogued this case for their own political goals: You should be ashamed of yourselves.
To the lawyers who have advocated professionally and respectfully for their clients’ respective positions: Bless you.
HT: WSJ Law Blog