Moral Contradictions

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Let's set the record straight

fun·da·men·tal·ism (from via Firefox)
  1. A usually religious movement or point of view characterized by a return to fundamental principles, by rigid adherence to those principles, and often by intolerance of other views and opposition to secularism.
    1. often Fundamentalism An organized, militant Evangelical movement originating in the United States in the late 19th and early 20th century in opposition to Protestant Liberalism and secularism, insisting on the inerrancy of Scripture.
    2. Adherence to the theology of this movement.
Southwestern Baptist Seminary President and founding member of the Baptist Fundamentalist takeover Paige Patterson had some interesting words over the judicial filibusters.

There is no more critical issue facing America today than the unconscionable effort in Congress to block the appointment of judges solely because they are insufficiently liberal.

Mr. Patterson: The issue isn't that they aren't liberal, it's that they are too conservative. The reason you and Richard Land, Al Mohler, James Dobson, and all the others who signed a letter to Republican Senators in support of ending the filibuster is because the judges are just like you: fundamentalists. Judges must be open, must consider both sides of the argument and compare them to the Constitution. Period. They cannot do that when they subscribe to a theology based on the above definition.

However, introducing uncompromising and fundamentalist beliefs into the judiciary does not fit within Constitutional guidelines for judges. That, my friends, is why there is resistance. That is why 95% of President Bush's other nominees have been approved, a very high number, especially since Republicans blocked 62 nominees of President Clinton.

Yes this whole affair reeks of hypocrisy, but its on both sides.


  • There is entirely too much demagoguery in politics right now. I don't think it's accurate to casually dismiss all the filibustered judges as fundamentalists. When you group together a whole segment of judicial nominees and radicalize them with the "fundamentalist" label, you are taking the easy way out.

    I want to give you a chance to respond to my own blog if you want by letting you know I have linked to your post here:

    Who is the Religious Right Anyway?

    By Blogger Chad, at Tuesday, May 17, 2005 11:03:00 PM  

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