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Friday, July 29, 2005

UUAWO rocks.

The Unitarian Universalist Association's Washington Office for Advocacy has released a statement written by Rob Keithan on the UUA position on John Roberts' Supreme Court nomination. I find it to be a well thought position. Nice work, Rob!

Copyright © 2005 by Thom Belote | Posted 29 July 2005 at 2:45 PM

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Bill Baar:

July 29, 2005 04:11 PM | Permalink for this comment

"Faith Baited"? Some are going to take a shot at Roberts because he's Catholic. They're going to question his ability to swear an oath to uphold and defend the constitution of the United States while at the same time be a Catholic. posted a picture a while back of the Pope on the steps of the Supreme Court. They play on some bad, old, American Protestant beliefs... it's an ugly attitude religious liberals should condem.


August 7, 2005 09:00 AM | Permalink for this comment

It's important to point out, though, that the Republicans have decided that if someone opposes a public figure's political beliefs and policy proposals when those beliefs and proposals happen to be endorsed by, say, the Catholic Church, then opponents are discriminating against the political figure's religious beliefs. This is cynical, devious, and wrong.

I agree that prejudice about other people's religions continues to be widespread in America -- and I agree that this is a problem -- but the Republicans haven't launched a principled defense of religious minorities and they certainly haven't tried to open avenues toward better understanding of religious diversity in America. Instead, the Republicans have opted to indulge culture warriors who think faith grants (conservative) people in the political arena immunity from criticism.

Bill Baar:

August 7, 2005 12:00 PM | Permalink for this comment

The questioning of Robert's ability to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States because of his Catholicism is the worst kind of pandering to ancient bigotry in the US. It's something Religious and Political Liberals should speak out against firmly.

No one questions Sen Clinton's ability to be Commander-in-Chief for fear she'll put pacifist pronouncements from the Methodists Bishops before her pledge to defend the United States.

We in Chicago have a US Congressman who is an ordained Baptist minister who easily mixes his political funds with his church and it goes without notice or much comment.

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