A terrible decision from the sometimes Global Roadsters
The Supreme Court expanded the scope of the landmark gender equity law Title IX, ruling Tuesday that it shields whistleblowers who accuse academic institutions of discrimination based on sex.
On its face it is a minor but important set-back. Title IX should be weakened, and I am happy Bush is doing so. Clearly SCOTUS’s decision is a strengthening. But it gets worse. In other laws, Congress has to say whistleblowers are protected. Here, the Court just made it up.
Whistleblowers shouldn’t be given protection unless Congress explicitly says so, said Thomas and three other justices who voted no. They noted that other civil rights laws have specific provisions addressing retaliation.
“Jackson’s retaliation claim lacks the connection to actual sex discrimination that the statute requires,” Thomas wrote. “The question before us is only whether Title XI prohibits retaliation, not whether prohibiting it is good policy.”
Instead of interpreting the laws, the majority of the Court is making policy. It is ignoring its duty as interpreter of the laws as well as the will of the people as shown through Congress and the state Legislatures.
These sorts of rulings must be stopped. Continued control of the Congress and White House should give the Republicans enough time to restore respect to the judiciary.