Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Special rights for evangelical Christians?


WASHINGTON - (KRT) - President Bush and his advisers on Wednesday defended their efforts to inject religion into the confirmation fight over Harriet Miers, suggesting that faith is a legitimate factor in evaluating her nomination to the Supreme Court.

Presidential aides have cited Miers' membership in an evangelical Christian church in urging conservatives to support her.

"People want to know why I picked Harriet Miers. They want to know Harriet Miers' background," Bush said. "Part of Harriet Miers' life is her religion. Part of it has to do with the fact that she was a pioneer woman and a trailblazer in the law in Texas...

Ummm...there shouldn't be litmust tests for anybody's religious beliefs or lack thereof.

It's not surprising, of course, but it is certainly offensive; would her religious beliefs be "a factor" if she was a Hindu? A Muslim? A Wiccan? A Buddhist?

I don't expect people to be put on the court - or kept off it- because they're any of the above mentioned religions, or if they have no religion at all.

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