Wednesday, November 02, 2005

# Posted 3:18 AM by Patrick Belton  

WILLIAM SALETAN develops further the theme of religion and the Court: since 1960, all four of the Jews appointed have been nominated by Democrats, all five Catholics by Republicans. Further, religion is a fair proxy for abortion preferences:
Six of the seven Protestants have defied pro-lifers. Only one of the five Catholics has done so, and in only one of six major cases.

If you're a pro-lifer, it's hard to escape the feeling that among the potential nominees in a Republican administration, Catholics are more reliable. Maybe it's the frank language of moral revulsion in abortion-related opinions by Thomas and Scalia. Or maybe it's the fact that Roberts' wife worked with Feminists for Life. Or maybe it's the fact that Alito's mother tells reporters, "Of course he's against abortion."
That's playing your cards fairly close to your chest.
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