Archive: July 12, 2009 - July 18, 2009
If Mr. Parham is as concerned about religious liberty questions as he claims, perhaps he should have used the influence of his own organization to raise those questions with the senators.
By Richard Land | July 17, 2009; 4:46 PM ET | Comments (7)
The way we put food on the table should reflect the majesty of the human condition. Our work should be dignified.
By Erica Brown | July 17, 2009; 4:37 PM ET | Comments (0)
A person's religion, gender, or ethnicity should have no impact on his or her judicial rulings. It is not that you separate those things out from your life--they are integral to it.
By Charles "Chuck" Colson | July 17, 2009; 1:31 PM ET | Comments (6)
More evidence of the Religious Right's loss of influence, but no loss of far-right ideological partisanship.
By Robert Parham | July 17, 2009; 8:24 AM ET | Comments (186)
The claim that any human is able to remain unaffected by their background or have a purely objective view of any case is to claim a quality that belongs only to God.
By Jim Wallis | July 16, 2009; 3:33 PM ET | Comments (1)
A Court comprised uniquely of white male Protestants is far more likely to come up with prejudicial rulings than one which has a variety of races, ethnicities, genders, classes, and religious backgrounds.
By Pamela K. Taylor | July 16, 2009; 11:13 AM ET | Comments (31)
The big winners in faith funds are the Islamic funds, which don't invest in financial-services companies.
By Lisa Miller | July 16, 2009; 9:40 AM ET | Comments (0)
Will Sotomayor's life experience bias her judgment? No more or less than the life experience of white, Anglo-Saxon males have biased their judgment over the years.
By John Shelby Spong | July 15, 2009; 8:34 PM ET | Comments (11)
Wizards may do magic, but prejudice does not magically disappear in their society, as we've seen in Sonia Sotomayor's hearings.
By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | July 15, 2009; 6:49 PM ET | Comments (130)
To the extent that religious values are important to a judge, these will also influence the way he or she understands what laws mean and what rulings are correct.
By Ramdas Lamb | July 15, 2009; 3:02 PM ET | Comments (2)
If Sotomayor were the partisan zealot so ridiculously portrayed by her opponents, she'd fit right in.
By Deepak Chopra | July 15, 2009; 12:39 PM ET | Comments (0)
The bishops of the Episcopal Church have voted decisively to allow in principle the appointment, to all orders of ministry, of persons in active same-sex relationships. This marks a clear break with the rest of the Anglican Communion.
By Nicholas T. Wright | July 15, 2009; 8:37 AM ET | Comments (105)
I would not trust or believe any judge who claims that his or her judicial rulings are always independent of life experiences.
By Herb Silverman | July 14, 2009; 6:21 PM ET | Comments (12)
A justice's faith, gender and ethnicity--and life experience generally--will influence his or her view of the world and the law. But these should not dictate a justice's decisions.
By J. Brent Walker | July 14, 2009; 3:18 PM ET | Comments (0)
While there may be no room for justices actively looking beyond the law to make/interpret law, there is no way to stand outside one's self and render decisions either.
By Brad Hirschfield | July 14, 2009; 12:53 PM ET | Comments (1)
The reason why the high court has nine justices, not one, is that the framers of the Constitution knew perfectly well that politics is involved in the interpretation of laws.
By Susan Jacoby | July 14, 2009; 12:19 PM ET | Comments (148)
While Obama's vision and words are different from those of George W. Bush, it is still not clear how his policies will be all that different for the Muslim world.
By John Esposito | July 13, 2009; 10:22 AM ET | Comments (2)