Part I of this series opened with a recent study on schizophrenia that has sparked renewed controversy on the legitimacy of pre-screening for and treating psychological afflictions, most of which (in the generic sense) can be defined as "thought disorders." It focused on the University of North Carolina's Schizophrenia Research Center under Dr. John H. Gilmore, whose team claimed to have located an anomaly in the MRIs of "at-risk," male babies: larger brains and larger lateral ventricles.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to vote on the nomination of Elena Kagan for the Supreme Court on Tuesday at 10 a.m., after which the nomination would proceed to the full Senate. With Democratic majorities both in the Judicary Committee and the full Senate, the Obama administration expects confirmation to be a relatively smooth victory, but the GOP may have other plans. Unfortunately for the GOP, some liberal Republicans are expected to break from the party line and confirm the left-wing Supreme Court nominee.
The wisdom of the Founding Fathers of the American Republic was such that the preservation of religious liberty was enunciated in the first clause of the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” The application of those 16 words has often been a matter of debate, but the preservation of freedom of religion has been understood as numbered among the fundamental liberties of free people living under the U.S. Constitution.