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Sandra Day O’Connor

Geburtstag: 26. März 1930

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Sandra Day O’Connor ist eine US-amerikanische Juristin. Sie war von 1981 bis 2006 als erste Frau Richterin am Obersten Gerichtshof der USA.

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„Those who would renegotiate the boundaries between church and state must therefore answer a difficult question: why would we trade a system that has served us so well for one that has served others so poorly?“

—  Sandra Day O'Connor
Context: Reasonable minds can disagree about how to apply the Religion Clauses in a given case. But the goal of the Clauses is clear: to carry out the Founders’ plan of preserving religious liberty to the fullest extent possible in a pluralistic society. By enforcing the Clauses, we have kept religion a matter for the individual conscience, not for the prosecutor or bureaucrat. At a time when we see around the world the violent consequences of the assumption of religious authority by government, Americans may count themselves fortunate: Our regard for constitutional boundaries has protected us from similar travails, while allowing private religious exercise to flourish. [... ] Those who would renegotiate the boundaries between church and state must therefore answer a difficult question: Why would we trade a system that has served us so well for one that has served others so poorly? McCreary County v. American Civil Liberties Union, 545 U.S. 844 (2005) (concurring).

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„It is true that many Americans find the Commandments in accord with their personal beliefs. But we do not count heads before enforcing the First Amendment.“

—  Sandra Day O'Connor
Striking down Ten Commandments displays in two county courthouses in Kentucky in McCreary County v. American Civil Liberties Union, 545 U.S. 844 (2005) (concurring)

„The proper role of the judiciary is one of interpreting and applying the law, not making it.“

—  Sandra Day O'Connor
Testimony at her confirmation hearing, reported in the New York Times (February 23, 1984).

„It is difficult to discern a serious threat to religious liberty from a room of silent, thoughtful schoolchildren.“

—  Sandra Day O'Connor
Upholding the constitutionality of a "moment of silent prayer" in schools in Wallce v. Jaffree, 472 U.S. 38 (1985) (concurring).

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