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Monday, May 10, 2010

But it does continue the long history of not including Scientologists.

So most of us know by this point that President Obama has nominated Elena Kagan as the next Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. I have no particular opinions on Kagan at this point other than to say that just because someone lacks experience in the lower courts doesn't mean that they won't make a good justice. That said, there is one other element of the nomination that I keep hearing mentioned:

She would be the third Jewish justice along with six Catholics. With Stevens' retirement, the court will have no Protestants, the most prevalent denomination in the U.S. [emphasis added]

And you know what? I just don't f-ing care. Maybe it's because I'm a member of a minority religious group, but the notion that the court won't contain any protestants,* while being somewhat weird, is far from something we should be concerned about. And if the conservatives don't like it... well... I reckon they should have given a bit more thought to Alito and Roberts, huh?


Ah! Now I understand the Conservative objections. Thanks to Conservapedia I now realize that, in fact, Elena Kagan is secretely a corporation:

Or, to quote:

Barack Obama again criticizes how the Supreme Court ended restrictions on corporate campaign expenditures ... as he nominated Elena Kagan, who has contributed to his campaign.

Right. Of course. Makes perfect sense.

* As a side note: I really don't think you can refer to Protestantism as a single denomination, as the article does. It's a whole array of denominations. But then, if you look at it that way. Roman Catholicism is probably the biggest single U.S. denomination and then we don't have story.

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Blogger Ted Herrlich said...

I disagree with "long history of not including Scientologists."

Scientology has been around for what, 50 years? Ever since L. Ron Hubbard lost a bet? Or was it he won a bet that he could start a religion? I can't remember the history other than I believe beer was involved.

Monday, May 10, 2010 2:52:00 PM  
Blogger scripto said...

Beer and acid. Who needs psychotherapy?

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 7:23:00 AM  

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