President Bush said Wednesday that Harriet MiersÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ religious beliefs figured into her nomination to the Supreme Court as a top-ranking Democrat warned against any ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œwink and a nodÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚? campaign for confirmation.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œPeople are interested to know why I picked Harriet Miers,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚? Bush told reporters at the White House. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œPart of Harriet MiersÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ life is her religion.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚?
Bush, speaking at the conclusion of an Oval Office meeting with visiting Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski, said that his advisers were reaching out to conservatives who oppose her nomination ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œjust to explain the facts.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚? He spoke on a day in which conservative James Dobson, founder of Focus on Family, said he had discussed the nomineeÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s religious views with presidential aide Karl Rove.
I’m completely done with Meir’s as a nominee now. A possible SCOTUS justice should be chosen because she’s a gifted legal scholar, not because of her religious leanings. Because let it be clear, Bush is talking about Christianity. So now the litmus test is whether you’re a good Christian or not.
Oh, and by the way, Jews not allowed. Yes, I know he didn’t say this, but read between the hymns. Completely and utterly ridiculous. This is what happens when you get a zealot in the Oval Office.
Republicans waxed eloquent about the establishment cause, about how people could serve on the court and not have their religious beliefs interfere with their judgement, about how Democrats and other were against people of faith, and so on. I didnÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t buy it then, and felt that it was simply an attempt to bully nominees through by using religion as a blunt instrument against political opposition.
But, oh, how the times have changed these past few months. It turns out that now, in fact, religion IS a partial qualification and that the religious views of a candidate are a material aspect of their fitness to serve. After all, as Bush himself has stated, ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œPart of Harriet MiersÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ life is her religion.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚?
And if anyone is pissed at this latest bit of nonsense, it should be the evangelical base. After this, they can have Justice Sunday every god damned Sunday for the rest of their lives, and they canÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t say a damned thing if Democrats ask whether a personÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s religious beliefs may unduly influence their judgement. When Joe Biden is up there talking at length about whether or not Harriet Miers can judge Roe fairly with her religious beliefs such an important part of her life, before James DobsonÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s head explodes, he best remember who is to blame- Bush and the White House.
After all- if a personÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s religious beliefs are enough of a reason to confirm someone- shouldnÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t it reason that those same religious beliefs could be used to deny confirmation?