Thomas Jefferson: “To consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions … is a very dangerous doctrine indeed”
“To consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions … [is] a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy. Our judges are as honest as other men, and not more so . . . and their power [is] the more dangerous, as they are in office for life and not responsible, as the other functionaries are, to the elective control. The Constitution has erected no such single tribunal, knowing that to whatever hands confided, with corruptions of time and party, its members would become despots”
– President Thomas Jefferson, in a letter to William Jarvis, Sept. 28, 1820
Sebastian Dabovitch: “Christ can never be indifferent …to whether his friends and acquaintances continue in error.”
“If you think what a man believes is “all the same” provided he is convinced that it is the truth you are mistaken! Why did God send His Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ, into the world if mankind could be saved without Him? Christ commanded the Apostles and their successors to convert the world to Christianity but not to that vague type of Christianity which we find in the numerous denominations which call themselves Christian but are indifferent to His One Church; the “pillar and ground of the truth” against which gates of hell can never prevail! He who believes in these words of Christ can never be indifferent to which Church he belongs nor can he be indifferent to whether his friends and acquaintances continue in error.”
– Saint Sebastian (Dabovitch) of America
“The premises supporting th[e] concept of [natural] marriage are so fundamental that they rarely require articulation. The human race must procreate to survive. Procreation occurs through sexual relations between a man and a woman. When sexual relations result in the conception of a child, that child’s prospects are generally better if the mother and father stay together rather than going their separate ways. Therefore, for the good of children and society, sexual relations that can lead to procreation should occur only between a man and a woman committed to a lasting bond.”
– Chief Justice John Roberts, in his dissent from the majority in the Supreme Court’s Obergefell v. Hodges decision.