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The Legacy Of Harry Blackmun


CIRTL Board President Mark Henninger's Thoughts On Harry Blackmun And The Importance Of Supreme Court Appointments

I heard on the radio that Justice Harry Blackmun died today. I remember when President Richard Nixon was struggling to find a suitable supreme court nominee--back in the early '70's. He attempted to forward the names of two southern jurists--who were both (for good or bad reasons--I'm not sure) rejected by the senate. Then, in what appeared to be a move of utter desperation, the president chose a relatively unknown Minneapolis judge, by the name of Harry Blackmun .

How would you like to be Harry Blackmun, and to stand before God? God alone is the Judge; and we will leave all judgment to Him. But still, what is Harry Blackmun known for? The grisly fact of the matter is that this supreme court judge will always be remembered for penning the horrendous Roe v. Wade decision in January of 1973.

Not only was the logic used by Justice Blackmun specious and ludicrous (viz. "we cannot know when life begins," etc.), but his refusal to ever openly repent of his judicial crime was even more serious and troubling.

The very name Adolf Hitler conjures up images of heaps of human remains within the awful concentration camps of Europe. The name of Josef Stalin causes us to consider the murder of millions of his fellow countrymen. The same could be said for Mao Tse Tung. But what about Harry Blackmun ? In a very real sense, he tops them all. The carnage left behind from the judicial boondoggle authored by Justice Blackmun causes all these others to pale in comparison.

The passing of Harry Blackmun reminds us that man, and his evil ways, pass away. At the same time we are encouraged to know that God's righteous ways abide forever. May God have mercy on us all, and give us good and decent judges--those that reflect His righteous judgment!

Why man is so inhumane to his fellow human beings is something I guess I'll never understand.
Harry Blackmun

By: Mark Henninger

Email Mark with comments at:  markjhenninger@gmail.com

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