August 10, 2005
Well, Massachusetts was the Center of the Know-Nothing Movement
In yesterday’s Boston Globe, modern day Know-Nothing Christopher D. Morris called for the Senate Judiciary Committee to draft “legislation calling for the automatic recusal of Catholic judges from cases citing Roe v. Wade as a precedent.” Apparently he is unfamiliar with Article VI of the U.S. Constitution which bans religious tests for holding public office.
But Morris goes beyond seeking a religious test. He gives his real game away with this sentence…
Asking the bishops to testify would be healthy. If they rescinded the threats made against Kerry, then Roberts would feel free to make his decision without the appearance of a conflict of interest…In other words, Morris wants to use the power of government to coerce religious leaders into changing how they lead their followers! Is this the 21st century meaning of "separation of church and state"?