A Very Big Deal

Atrios has a post up, linking to (The Return of) Ignatz. It concerns something that Justice Clarence Thomas may or may not have said to a justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.

Did He Say It

An Alabama SC justice claims, according to a Birmingham News reporter, that Clarence Thomas told him:
[A] judge should be evaluated by whether he faithfully upholds his oath to God, not to the people, to the state or to the Constitution.
This is indeed a big deal, no matter what your personal religious views happen to be. Did he really say it? Will anyone else in the media bother to try to find out?

Suffice it to say that I agree that this is a very big deal. This needs a lot of attention, and that’s why I’m duplicating Atrios’s post here. Supreme Court justices have one job: to interpret the constitution and laws of the United States, using only legal standards. God has nothing to do with it. It is a violation of a justice’s oath to place any law above the Constitution of the United States. If Justice Thomas really did say this, it needs to be known that he did. [ If he didn’t, he needs to be asked to prove that.]
Several people have pointed out that it’s impossible to prove a negative and that’s true, it is. Poor choice of words. I meant that he needs to be asked whether he said it, and if he says he didn’t, why the Alabama SC justice would say he had.
Sorry for the error and the confusion.