Saturday, July 30, 2005

Henry Hyde to Durbin: Drop the anti-Catholic SCOTUS bias

Although Durbin's denying it now, the senator told columnist Jonathan Turley that he asked Supreme Court Justice Roberts nominee John Roberts what he would do if the court required a ruling that the Catholic Church considers immoral. Jonathan Turley stands by his story.

Congressman Henry Hyde of Illinois send Durbin a letter denouncing Durbin's lack of tact.

An excerpt:

No one of our faith – or that of any other denomination or religion – should be excluded from public office for his or her religious values. Article VI of the U.S. Constitution unequivocally prohibits such a litmus test: “no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office of public trust under the United States.”

“Practicing Catholics need not apply” cannot become a rallying cry of modern day religious bigots who would seek to drive from the public square all federal office candidates of faith. I hope that your question to Judge Roberts, if accurately reported, does not constitute an opening salvo in a process in which the candidate’s faith will constitute sufficient justification for denying him a speedy confirmation.

Hat tip Obiter Dictum.

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