Sunday, September 18, 2005

Judge John Roberts' Religion

Judge Roberts was, even in the estimation of those Senators probably opposed to his confirmation, the most impressive nominee to the high court in anyone's memory. Yet some Senators applied the religious test, forbidden in the Constitution, to his holding office. Senator Feinstein was the most blatant of all of them. She literally wondered if he could keep his religion under wraps on the bench. She would never have asked such an offensive question to a practicing Jew or to an African-American Baptist. Strangely the other Senators showed little outrage at her stance. Others, both publicly and privately, have asked him about his religious faith. Some liberals are showing their animus toward religious commitment, especially when they fear its impact. Sad and blatant double standard.