ANTI-CATHOLIC LITMUS TEST
Tapped discusses the recent Senate Judiciary Committee flap over the charge that Senators who oppose Alabama Attorney General Bill Pryor’s nomination to the 11th Circuit are anti-Catholic. I heard this story on NPR yesterday morning but forgot all about it.
I think the argument is interesting, although not as framed. The argument is that Pryor, a devout Catholic, is unfit for the bench because he has deeply held views against abortion and thinks Roe v. Wade “an abomination.” Pryor claims he would enforce the law, because it is the law, but many Senators are dubious.
Now, does this make those Senators anti-Catholic? No, of course not. But it does suggest that there is, in effect, an anti-Catholic, indeed, anti-devout Christian, litmus test for the bench in the minds of those Senators. How could a deeply religious–and observant–individual qualify under their rationale? A handful of those Senators are nominally Catholic themselves, but they’re demonstrably not devout given their willingness to ignore their Church’s doctrine.
(Hat tip: Kevin Drum)