June 1, 2011 |
Things being what they are these days, and with Mitt Romney currently the front-runner in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, it's not too surprising that objections to the former Massachusetts governor's Mormon religion would resurface, particularly in Iowa, where evangelicals wield so much influence in the Republican caucuses. Romney was the target of both left- and right-wing Mormon-bashing in the last presidential campaign, proving once again that vulgar religious prejudice is one of the few areas of our national life where true bipartisanship still prevails.
August 24, 2010
It's easy to sympathize with President Obama over the drumbeat of misrepresentations of his religion, place of birth and even the validity of his Social Security number. But in protesting too much that he is a Christian — and one, moreover, who prays daily — the White House may be encouraging the impression that there is a religious test for the presidency and that a Muslim would fail it. Such defensiveness is unedifying in the context of a religiously pluralist society.
October 20, 2005
Re "Make Miers pass a litmus test," Opinion, Oct. 18 Michael Stokes Paulsen and John Yoo, distinguished men of law both, nonetheless make a typical conservative error in describing "the judicial invention of rights not set forth in the Constitution." Surely they have read the 9th Amendment: "The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people." Surely they know that when the framers drafted the Bill of Rights, their intent was not to put a ceiling on individual rights but rather a floor.
October 16, 2005
Re "Miers' Faith in Spotlight," Oct. 13 If the president has been assuring the religious right that Harriet E. Miers is qualified for the Supreme Court because she attends a conservative evangelical church, then he has violated Article VI of the Constitution, which reads, "No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States." This is one of our founding fathers' greatest legacies. When our chief executive blatantly flouts it, how can America have any moral standing as its tries to persuade Iraq to write its own constitution to ensure equal participation in government by religious minorities?
May 12, 2004
Re " 'Under God,' and Under the Constitution," Commentary, May 9: Beneath his reassuring patina of balance and evenhandedness, Kenneth Starr asserts the seriously unconstitutional proposition that we must recognize "God as the foundation of our governmental architecture." Remarkably, Starr never acknowledges that the 1st Amendment begins by declaring that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion" and that Article VI of the Constitution expressly provides that "no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 1999
Californians were selected to hear George W. Bush's first elaboration of his "compassionate conservatism" philosophy in his speech on education in Los Angeles (Sept. 3). If, after three years, schools receiving federal money for disadvantaged students cannot increase the number of students who pass a test, then their federal support will be yanked. How wonderfully inspiring, and it saves money, too. We will improve our schools by shooting the wounded! I eagerly await Bush's further explanations of such "compassionate" policies.