According to Christopher Hitchens in Slate, "everybody seems to have agreed to tiptoe around the report that Judge John G. Roberts said he would recuse himself in a case where the law required a ruling that the Catholic Church might consider immoral".
Its news to me that Roberts - Bush's Supreme Court nomination - is a Catholic, although its not knews to me that Hitchens has a Richard Dawkins style tin ear when it comes to religion.
I'm disappointed therefore, but not surprised by Hitchens injunction to "quit tiptoeing around John Roberts' faith".
If he is proposing a sandbagging of the kind handed out to Rocco Buttiglione by the European Parliament last year I think it is madness quite frankly.
I wrote about Buttiglione back in March. My conclusion then is the same as my opnion today.
Never mind Islamophobia, we cannot possibly imagine that we live in a viable multicultural society if upholding conventional Catholic dogma excludes citizens from playing a full role in the public life of that society.
Tuesday, August 02, 2005
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