Daily Archives: February 3, 2015

_Griswold v. Connecticut_ and Radar Detectors

This will be the 50th Anniversary of the monstrous _Griswold v. Connecticut_ (1965) case that established the fictional “right to privacy” and the notion of the “penumbral shadow” of the Bill of Rights, giving us _Roe v. Wade_ and a string of other anti-family and anti-life decisions.

The fundamental premise of the _Griswold_ case, which I was taught concerned a married couple who tried to purchase contraceptives at a pharmacy but actually was started by a Planned Parenthood director, is that laws banning the use of items that are used in private are unconstitutional, because to enforce them requires violating the 4th and 5th Amendments–yet the law, which ha been rarely enforced, was enforced in Griswold’s case by targeting the public business that provided the “private” service, not the couples using it.

Just as it is still technically illegal in South Carolina and some other states to privately own or use a deck of cards or a set of dice, even without gambling, there are plenty of things that are illegal to use in private but haven’t been ruled unconstitutional, and are legal to sell but not to use.  While I could come up with several examples, the one that comes most readily to mind is those radar detectors.  Another one that struck me a few years ago was when the federal government made it no longer a crime to change the SIM card in a cell phone (which had previously been considered hacking, yet seemed to be a common practice among some tech-savvy people).  Indeed, the entire “War on Drugs” should be “unconstitutional” according to _Griswold v. Connecticut_.

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“Where are we, Daddy?” “We’re in a metaphor.”

Twice a week, alternating groups of 2 of my 4 kids go to Occupational Therapy. The office is on a fairly major and busy highway, and it’s a quick turn. I briefly confused my landmarks this morning, and I missed it, so I took a right into the next neighborhood. I thought I could take another couple rights and come out behind the office, but it didn’t work out that way, and somehow I ended up further down the highway than I was before, so I took a left at the next light and turned around in a little trailer park, which itself apparently had a one way road, and I was going the wrong way.

When I was turning back onto the main road, one of my daughters asked, “Where are we, Daddy?”

“We’re in a metaphor,” I replied.

The thought had just occurred to me how that exemplifies the metaphorical “wrong turns” we make in life. C. S. Lewis says that being “progressive” implies a goal, and if we find we’re not progressing towards the goal, sometimes being progressive means turning around and going back, even quite far back, to get there.

We know the way to go, whether in our spiritual, professional or family lives, and we know where we’re heading, yet we sometimes lose sight of the goal and get off track. Then, rather than simply stopping and turning around, we feel trapped where we are, or we think we can find an alternate path to the goal, but there is none, so either way we get ourselves further lost and further off course, when we just need to turn around and go back to where we got off track.

We often hear things like, “We’re all in different boats going to the same place,” but that’s not true. There is ultimately only one true path in life, and it is a narrow way–He is a narrow way. “I am the gate,” He tells us. Anyone who tries to hop the fence or bypass the gatekeeper is a thief, He tells us. “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except by Me.”