Sunday, October 12, 2003

Susan Collins, Anti-Catholic Catholic

James Leon Holmes is Bush's nominee to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas. Being a Bush judicial nominee, he's a nut. Nevertheless, Arkansas' Democratic Senators Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor have approved his nomination - not that their approval is needed; ask Michigan's Democratic Senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow - and he should see a vote.

He should see a vote, if Republicans can persuade their own Senators to confirm the nut. According to The Hill, Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison, Susan Collins, and Olympia Snowe have yet to decide. Said Collins, "I have concerns about his writings and some of the statements attributed to him. They raise questions in my mind about whether he has the proper temperament to be a judge."

Now, if you were a member of the Republican leadership, how would you respond to these concerns? Why, by accusing your fellow Republicans of anti-Catholic bigotry, of course!

Charges of an anti-Catholic bias have resurfaced over district court nominee J. Leon Holmes, but this time they are leveled against centrist Republicans rather than at Democrats.
Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) is angry with members of his own caucus who object to writings by Holmes, a devout Catholic, about women and marriage. . . .
Senate Judiciary Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said Holmes would not have difficulty getting confirmed by the Senate, noting: "There have been some very slanderous things said about him. And if you do not look at his record, it could disconcert you. But the main criticism is that he wrote a religious article with his wife."
"This [concern about Holmes] is a classic example of religious bigotry that I thought did not exist in this country," said Santorum, who is Catholic.
"I believe if that is the reason for anybody's opposition, they need to think long and hard about one of the most fundamental issues in this country, and that is the freedom of religion."

Once again, any criticism of a Catholic, regardless of its content or its source, is indicative of anti-Catholic bigotry.

You know, if I were Susan Collins, this episode would lead me to seriously consider whether I wouldn't prefer an (I) next to my name.