Saturday, April 16, 2005

I must have missed that verse

Why do Democrats vehemently oppose a few of President Bush's judicial appointees? Well, because they hate Jesus, of course.

That'll be the undercurrent at "Justice Sunday," an event in Kentucky where organizers will suggest that Senate Democrats who threaten to filibuster a handful of Bush's nominees will do so because they are "against people of faith." Among the scheduled speakers are Focus on the Family founder James Dobson, who said some judges are mighty similar to Klansmen, and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., who presumably wants nothing more than to eliminate the filibuster for judicial nominees.

The filibuster has existed in some form for almost 200 years, because it's the main device to ensure the Senate remains the "cooler head" that prevents a bare majority from forcing its whole agenda down the throats of an unwilling minority. Both parties have taken full advantage of the filibuster in past decades, as they had the right to do. At least one GOP senator, John McCain of Arizona, has said he would vote to save the device; I hope he can persuade others to join him.

The emerging theocratic spin on the filibuster debate is both unsurprising and disgusting. Politicians who would paint those who disagree with their policies as anti-Christian are disingenuous slime, plain and simple. As U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said, "No party has a monopoly on faith."



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