Smacking Santorum’s cold wet nose with a rolled-up newspaper

Josh Marshall takes on the phony claims of anti-Catholic bias by St. Santorum.

If you’re a secular humanist and opposed to abortion (Nat Hentoff, say), senators can vote against you because of your pro-life views. Or if you’re a Christian from a denomination that doesn’t take a clear stand against abortion (Episcopalians, say), they can do the same. But if you’re a Catholic who has down-the-line pro-life views, no senator can take a position on your nomination for any reason having to do with your stand on abortion.

That makes Catholics with ardent pro-life views a protected class. All a pro-life president would need to do would be to nominate only Catholics to the bench to stack the court with pro-life jurists. An anti-death-penalty president could do the same with religiously based opponents of capital punishment.

That stands everything we believe about the separation between church and state on its head.

TBogg

TBogg

Yeah. Like I would tell you....