I was shocked and saddened to open my Washington Post this morning and read about Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter's plan to retire. The high court is about to lose one of its strongest defenders of the church-state wall.
We don't hear much from Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. He hasn't asked a question during oral arguments at the high court in more than two years.
So when the George H.W. Bush appointee does agree to speak at a public event, we look forward to hearing his thoughts -- especially when he is asked to speak on the Bill of Rights. That's something we'd like to hope he knows quite a bit about as a Supreme Court justice.
But recently, when Thomas took the podium to address high school essay-contest winners, he seemed to forget he was there to talk about the Constitution.
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Today is the first Monday in October—the day when the U.S. Supreme Court is back in session for a new term.