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The real threat John Roberts represents

I realize we have been discussing John Roberts often here, but tonight I learned something that had been overlooked in the reasons to not support John Roberts. There will be too many *gasp* Catholics on the bench. So I did what I always do, started doing some research on this “Catholic invasion” of the Supreme Court.

Let's start with the current make up of the Supreme Court as far as religion:

William H. Rehnquist - Lutheran
Stephen G. Breyer - Jewish
Ruth Bader Ginsburg - Jewish
Anthony M. Kennedy - Catholic
Sandra Day O'Connor - Episcopalian
Antonin Scalia - Catholic
David H. Souter - Episcopalian
John Paul Stevens - Protestant
Clarence Thomas - Catholic

Replacing Sandra Day O'Connor with John Roberts means there will be one Episcopalian, four Catholics, two Jews, one Lutheran and one Protestant on the Supreme Court. If you look at the stats on this site that is not that far off of the make up of the varying americans and their religious beliefs. Except one could say we have a disproportional number of Jews on the Supreme Court (1.8% of the population versus 22% on the Supreme Court).

I haven't heard anyone complaining we need to get one of those Jews to retire so that we can restore religious balance to the Supreme Court. Let's hope when Rehnquist retires President Bush does not dare suggest another Jew or another Catholic. Let's focus on religions that have never had a Supreme Court Justice: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints/Mormons, Pentecostals, Muslims, Eastern Orthodox; get out there and complain because you have never had a Supreme Court Justice. Atheists and Agnostics? Don't complain, you've had one, David Davis who did not list any church or religion.

As for the Episcopalian imbalance? Well history tells us you guys have had your share of Supreme Court Justices. Thirty-three Justices have been Episcopalian, compared to us Catholics who have only had ten, eleven if we count John Roberts. You have had the largest share of Supreme Court Justices, so no complaints from you.

Let's stop worrying about does this person have the qualifications to be a Supreme Court Justice and focus on what really matters, religion. We didn't want to admit it, but that is exactly why we are doing this. Confession is a part of being a good Catholic and I could no longer keep up the pretense. Yes, we Catholics are going to take over the Supreme Court, then the whole United States. We already have a good number of Governors (22), and in Congress we have twenty-three Senators and 130 House members, do not let the fact that some of those Catholics are Democrats lull you into a false sense of security about our "Catholic invasion". Episcopalians have us beat in the Presidential Department, you have had 11 to our one but there's always next time. Yep, in a few years all of you will be practicing your rosaries if we have anything to say about it.

Posted by Lisa Renee Ward at July 23, 2005 12:57 AM