Thursday, October 13, 2005

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Flip flopping
October 13th, 2005

A judicial nominee’s religion isn’t relevant, and Senators should be ashamed of themselves for bringing it up.

Except when it is relevant.

I’ve got Dobson and Robertson advocating strongly for this pick, and Rove is busy reassuring religious kooks that she’ll be kooky enough for them. But when Democratic senators wanted to bring up John Roberts’ Catholicism, they were roundly browbeaten by indignant Republicans.
Under the rules of evidence, what Bush, Rove, Dobson, and the rest of the Christian taliban have done is open the door to religion being a major issue with this nominee. They brought it up. Now they have to deal with it.

Religion is a wonderful thing. And it belongs in the home, in the church, temple, or mosque, and otherwise in one’s private life. Not in the political arena, where it can be imposed upon people who don’t want it, or cynically manipulated by catastrophically unpopular politicians.

UPDATE: Others, like Boston media pundit Dan Kennedy, reach the same conclusion.