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any star in the Ptolemaic theory of planetary motion

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In the United States, blasphemy effectively vanished from the law when, in the 1951 case about Rossellini's 'The Miracle', the Supreme Court declared that 'If there is any fixed star in our constitution.
In 1963, James Baldwin wrote that "the black man has functioned in the white man's world as a fixed star, as an immovable pillar: and as he moves out of his place, heaven and earth are shaken to their foundations.
Barnette, Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson wrote, "If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein.
He travels, and together with the discipline of writing, an echo of a certain pleasure in life seems to return in his notes occasionally, giving them a particular charm and originality: he drives through Paris and meets with old friends--friendship is a fixed star in the dark sky of this traveler; he bicycles through Freiburg, where he settles down briefly to translate from Heidegger with a former student; he cooks gourmet meals for his friends, describes them with gusto, and can grow ecstatic in front of a cheese-shop window.
No fixed star could have moved before the Magi to lead them to Bethlehem, and reappeared, and stood still.
Like an inconspicuous fixed star, she comes out only now and again, and then vanishes again into her mysteriously ordinary corner of the universe.
She became for almost twenty years a fixed star of the women artists' community in Lansing.
Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson wrote in his majority opinion overturning the expulsion, ``If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion, or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein.
The company name listed in the contact information of release should read: Fixed Star Media Arts.
The Moon joins up with the fixed star Regulus around midweek, signalling some excellent news for Leos and Virgos.
From Galileo's notes it is evident that he did spot it on 28 December 1612 and 27 January 1613[5][6] when it appeared close to Jupiter (it was actually nearly in conjunction with Jupiter), but he recorded as a fixed star.
There was a point of reference, Atherel, a fixed star.
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As Justice Robert Jackson stated then: "If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein.