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Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Oh no!...He's a Catholic?!

I was watching c-span reruns yesterday of the hearings on Roberts (because the Yankees wre decimating TB and I can only enjoy a slaughter for so long) and something came up that really bothered me. Over the course of the questioning, Roberts was asked repeatedly about his Catholic faith and whetehr it would influence his rulings on the court. I took the liberty of looking through testimonies of a number of protestant supreme court nominees and nowhere does the question of their episcopalian faith or presbyterian faith ocome up. In politics, it seems, Catholics (and on many occasions Jews as well) are confronted with the misguided assertion that their faith, whose sacred geographical center happens to not exist in the United States, somehow equates to a loyalty to a separate nation or to a set of laws that are above the laws of the state. If anyone thinks that prejudice and bias against Catholics no longer exist in this country, these Senators should cause you to think otherwise. This came up back when Kennedy was running for President. It is mind-numbing to think that it still comes up today.

Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's, and render unto God that which is God's. I learned that in SUNDAY SCHOOL. Oy.


  • At 7:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I don't think it was a Protestant vs. Catholic thing. The senators probably wanted to know whether Robert's religious values might affect his judgement on abortion, death penalty, school prayer, the teaching of evolution...

  • At 8:48 PM, Blogger Sean said…

    Why should it do so any more than protestant religious values?


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