What nonsense, and rightly taken down by the Anonymous Liberal blog.
Oh please. First, it's probably worth pointing out that a hugely disproportionate number of Supreme Court justices are Catholic. A majority in fact (five of the nine). That's pretty good considering only 22% of the U.S. population is Catholic....No kidding! A recent poll reports that Catholics are more liberal than most Americans on gay issues, sex, and divorce, and about the same on abortion. The one place they are really different than everyone else in the other direction? Catholics are more likely to oppose the death penalty. Way to go, Catholics, on a consistent life ethic.
Second, it's not as if American Catholics uniformly oppose marriage equality.
But I digress re. Gallagher. Anonymous LIberal goes on,
More importantly, though, the notion that differences of opinion between the Catholic church and U.S. law will somehow render Catholic judicial nominees unconfirmable is demonstrably ludicrous. In addition to opposing gay marriage, the Catholic church also opposes divorce, birth control, abortion..... And yet, somehow, even after those decisions, we've gone from having one Catholic Supreme Court justice in the 1980s to having five Catholic justices on the current Court.
What Gallagher is really worried about is that she will soon find herself in a world where her particular brand of close-mindedness is viewed by most as bigotry and people who believe what she believes won't be politically mainstream enough to be nominated and confirmed as judges.
Read the whole thing. (H/T Andrew Sullivan)
Just as there is no religious test FOR public office, so there is no religious test AGAINST it. One must defend one's beliefs and values in the civil sphere, for better or for worse. And based on the Catholics I know, those in the pew are unlikely to be in lockstep with the conservative views of the hierarchy and should be judged for the quality of THEIR characters, not their church. Something that the conservatives don't quite understand.
(Crossposted at DailyKos and Streetprophets)