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Jewish World Review Oct. 10, 2005 / 7 Tishrei,
Who's looking out for the Christians?
Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers reminds me of June Cleaver,
who birthed Beaver and Wally in 1960s sitcom land. Standing next to
President Bush, I kept envisioning Harriet holding a tray of cookies for the
president and any senator who might want one.
Now I realize this portrayal of Ms. Miers is immature and
possibly offensive to people who resent this kind of foolishness when
professional women are involved. But trust me, my daydream about Harriet
Miers is not nearly as offensive as what is going on in some media
precincts. Many conservative pundits don't like Harriet because she's not
"right" enough. And some lefties believe she's not qualified to serve her
country because she's a practicing Christian.
Writing in the secular temple that is The New York Times,
columnist Maureen Dowd states: "(President Bush) is asking for a triple leap
of faith. He has faith in Ms. Miers as his lawyer and as a woman who shares
his faith. And we're expected to have faith in his faith and her faith that
could change the balance of the court and affect women's rights for the next
Of course Ms. Dowd worships at the altar of Roe v. Wade, and any
person who might be pro-life is automatically unsuitable in her mind to hold
a decision-making position. But the truth is, Harriet Miers has not publicly
stated her position on abortion and probably will never do so. Thus, Ms.
Dowd is objecting to Ms. Miers because she attends an Evangelical Christian
Church in Texas, and we can't have those kinds of people on the Court, can
Some liberal journalists and politicians are clearly saying
conservative Christians need not apply to serve their country. This, of
course, is outrageous and unconstitutional. If that kind of bias were
directed at any other American group, there would be hell to pay. But
Christians are fair game for media scorn, mockery and dismissal.
A recent Gallup survey puts the number of Americans who call
themselves Christians at 84 percent, and that kind of majority is dangerous
to the goals of the secular-progressive movement. The main opposition to
things like gay marriage, euthanasia, legalized drugs and all kinds of
abortion on demand for any girl or woman are faith-based people who form
judgments about behavior and object to a society that does not. If you
eliminate people of faith from positions of power in the USA, well, hello,
It is worth noting that according to the American Society of
Newspaper Editors, journalists are much less "Christian" than the country as
a whole. A 1997 study says 59 percent of newspaper people call themselves
Catholic or Protestant and 20 percent say they don't believe in G-d at all.
According to Gallup, just 9 percent of the American population is atheist or
Mark my words, in the weeks to come, you will hear all kinds of
anti-Christian stuff in the media when Harriet Miers is being discussed.
Some of it will be subtle, but not all. This is a clip-and-save moment. The
secular media knows Ms. Miers will be confirmed to the Supreme Court, but
they will get their anti-Christian digs in during the process.
As a Christian, I have already forgiven my misguided peers for
what they will inevitably do. Also, after 12 years of Catholic school, I
know a thing or two about demons. The demonization of Harriet Miers will be
very instructive to watch. And she looks like such a nice woman.
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