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Disapproval

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Disapproval of homosexuality cannot justify invading the houses, hearts and minds of citizens who choose to live their lives differently.   Harry A. Blackmun

Harry Andrew Blackmun (November 12, 1908 – March 4, 1999) was an American lawyer and jurist who served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1970 until 1994. Appointed by Republican President Richard Nixon, Blackmun ultimately became one of the most liberal justices on the Court. He is best known as the author of the Court’s opinion in Roe v. Wade, which prohibits many state and federal restrictions on abortion.

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Encroachment

Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government’s purposes are beneficent…The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding. Louis Dembitz Brandeis, American lawyer and Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States from 1916 to 1939.

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Wikipedia states: Among his notable early cases were actions fighting railroad monopolies; defending workplace and labor laws; helping create the Federal Reserve System; and presenting ideas for the new Federal Trade Commission (FTC). He achieved recognition by submitting a case brief, later called the “Brandeis Brief,” which relied on expert testimony from people in other professions to support his case, thereby setting a new precedent in evidence presentation.

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Liberty

Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government’s purposes are beneficient…The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis

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Permeated

“The American nation from its first settlement at Jamestown to this hour is based upon and permeated by the principles of the Bible.” – Justice David Joseph Brewer, Supreme Court Justice, 1837 – 1910