Oklahoma appeals court overturns Bible-quoting judge in name-change case

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  • The Scientist Provo, UT
    Nov. 29, 2012 9:00 a.m.

    Al Quaeda refuses to leave their religion at the door. Hezbollah refuses to leave their religion at the door. The Muslim Brotherhood refuses to leave religion at the door. Fundamentalist Christian radicals and Dominionists refuse to leave their religion at the door.

    When believers are ready to acknowledge that there are others on the planet who matter as much (or more) than themselves and their ambitions for world domination under their god, then and only then will peace on earth be even remotely possible.

    Until then, the stubborn refusal to check your religion at the doors of Congress, the Judiciary, the White House, and other sanctuaries is simply a not so subtle declaration of continued war, bloodshed, and strife.

  • The Skeptical Chymist SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Nov. 29, 2012 8:43 a.m.

    The judge should certainly be reprimanded for bringing his personal religious views into a proceedings where he is acting as a representative of the government. His personal religious views should have no bearing whatsoever on his judicial decisions. To act otherwise is in direct contradiction to his oath to uphold the Constitution.

  • Joan Watson TWIN FALLS, ID
    Nov. 28, 2012 12:52 p.m.

    Regardless if one thinks the scritpures have no part in todays perplexing challenges - the one fact remains: No matter what surgery/mutation can do to alter or change ones physical body, DNA claims the verdict - the he is still a he, and the she is still a she.

  • Bill in Nebraska Maryville, MO
    Nov. 28, 2012 12:23 p.m.

    It seems that some would like those that are religious to leave there religion at the door. However, as Elder Holland said recently, "You never leave your religion at the door." Whether or not you agree with the judge or not I have more respect for him for not leaving his religion at the door than someone who refuses to even acknowledge or tolerate it. Those who request we be tolerable of them show no TOLERANCE for us as noted in the comments above.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Nov. 27, 2012 11:15 p.m.

    I agree that perhaps the applicant's mind was somewhere else other than his body.

  • Wonder Provo, UT
    Nov. 27, 2012 10:37 p.m.

    Names aren't assigned a gender. Does the judge think it is illegal to name a girl Taylor, for example? Who gets to decide if a name is only appropriate for a female or a male. Sounds like a lot of governmental intrusion to me. Of course his decision was overturned.

  • A Scientist Provo, UT
    Nov. 27, 2012 8:42 p.m.

    Good decision. Keep religious references out of legal decisions. What an old book written by goat herders says is irrelevant to today's legal issues. Judge Bill Graves should be reprimanded, as well.