Bush Passes Over Catholics For Supreme Court For Religious Reasons

Bush: Miers’ Religion Cited in Court Nod,” by Nedra Pickler, Associated Press, 12 October 2005, http://www.breitbart.com/news/2005/10/12/D8D6JKBGC.html (from The Corner).

Add this to the White House staffers memos as a reason to fear . As if endorsements from social liberals and Democrats (hat-tip: Jim River Report) weren’t enough…

President Bush said Wednesday that Harriet Miers’ religious beliefs figured into her nomination to the Supreme Court as a top-ranking Democrat warned against any “wink and a nod” campaign for confirmation.

People are interested to know why I picked Harriet Miers,” Bush told reporters at the White House. “Part of Harriet Miers’ life is her religion.”

Just to prove this is a nightmare, Bush says this in front of a visiting Catholic Head of State:

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 “just to explain the facts.” He spoke on a day in which conservative James Dobson, founder of Focus on Family, said he had discussed the nominee’s religious views with presidential aide Karl Rove.

Four current Supreme Court Justices (Kennedy, O’Connor, Roberts, Scalia, and Thomas) are Catholics, plus the Episcopalian (Anglo-Catholic) Sandra Day O’Connor. Apparently, this is too many for our President, who announced he was replacing the (Anglo-Catholic) Sandra Day O’Connor with the (Evangelical) Harriet Miers. There can hardly be a question that he knew what he was doing: First Lady Laura Bush has opely been playing “identity politics” over the nomination.

At least this explains why Bush didn’t choose a Latino: can’t have too many dirty Papists on the Court, now can we?

2 thoughts on “Bush Passes Over Catholics For Supreme Court For Religious Reasons”

  1. In the name of God the Father, Son, Holy Spirit, Mary, all the angels, all the saints, the Pope, bishops, clergy, and laitiy; this is upsetting if true

  2. Don't forget the Blesseds 🙂

    If we assume Bush is being fully honest, the best interpretation of his words from a Catholic perspectiv would be that Catholics get the same number of “religion points” as Evangelicals… but as Bush is an Evangelical, and the pro-Miers spin is that “Evangelicals will stay home in 2006” if she doesn't go through — that doesn't seem likely.

    More likely is that that the White House was just trying to get conservatives to shut up by playing the faith card. The same way Laura tried to get us to shut up playing the sex card.

    Feels like Lebanon. Feels like dhimmitude.

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