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When it comes to justices, is there a double standard on Catholics?

July 14, 2009

OK, this is not surprising: Liberals make a stink about the number of Catholics on the Supreme Court when conservative believers like Sam Alito are nominated. But left-leaning Sonia Sotomayor’s Catholicism is no biggie. It’s the Catholic double standard, according to Wall Street Journal columnist William McGurn

It’s true that if Ms. Sotomayor is confirmed there will be six Catholics on the Court — a higher percentage than almost any Notre Dame starting lineup of the past three decades. It’s also true that notwithstanding a few scattered references to this fact, for the most part the judge’s religion has been greeted, as a USA Today headline put it, with a “yawn.”

How different from just a few years ago. Back when the nominee was Sam Alito, talk was about the “fifth Catholic” on the bench. Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority, complained that “with Alito, the majority of the Court would be Roman Catholics.”

Well, yeah. Some Catholics scare liberals and some don’t. Pretty obvious, right?  But the column does include some fascinating insight on theories of jurisprudence from Princeton law professor Robert George. 

One Comment leave one →
  1. TXatheist permalink
    July 16, 2009 7:05 am

    My personal distinction isn’t that they are Catholic but that they interpret US law as the Vatican wants. I saw a bumper sticker the other day ” You can’t be catholic and pro-choice”. Well, you can realize others are pro-choice and not try to legislate your religion on them.

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