Judge Brett Kavanaugh vs Separation of Church and State: What Do We Not Know?

He’s a conservative Catholic, and in the Catholic schools I attended the nuns said Error Has No Rights.

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In Catholic schools skepticism appears in 9th-to-12th grades. That experience was denied my dad because his Catholic parents took him from school after 6th grade to help support the family.

He obeyed an order by America’s Catholic bishops for Catholic parents to take their children from public schools and sent five to Catholic schools. Before he died he knew all five of us had quit Catholicism. The rest of his life was about equally tragic.

I fear Kavanaugh’s confirmation.

Kavanaugh thinks that a 17-year-old girl forced to carry a pregnancy to term doesn't bear an undue burden, but insisting that a religious institution fill out a form with five entry points – name, corporate name, date, address, and signature – DOES constitute an undue burden.

My own further commentary consists of two words which generally one doesn't repeat in polite company, yet in this case are entirely appropriate.  Leave that as an exercise for the student.  Suffice to say, I oppose this nomination.

A substitute for obscenity I sometimes use is "horse hockey."  It means nothing and isn't naughty, but it might be suggestive.

[shrug] Aaaaaah, fuck him! (There, I said it.)

Er, no. Just no. Not with my worst enemy's dick.


With an old, moldy pine cone, maybe?

Ditto to what both of you said.

A hearty secular "Amen!" (as in "What he said!") to the three of you.

Loren, I imagine one of your very appropriate impolite words is probably the same as the one used by a rabbi commenting last year on Twitter about tRump's endorsement of white supremacists. (She also said that that comment was not what she would have preferred to become famous for!) And I feel the same way about Republicans being set to enshrine for decades corporate "rights" over the rights of actual human beings.

How many of the 9 justices are Catholic?

Too many ... at least four or five at this point.

Ask the web.

Thanks, GC. Done.

Courtesy of Hemant Mehta, here are some reactions--

Here’s What Church/State Groups Are Saying About SCOTUS Pick Brett Kavanaugh

Patheos - Friendly Atheist

The nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court reveals that President Trump prioritizes the political ambitions of the religious right over the interests of the American people. Judge Kavanaugh was selected from a list of candidates that were handpicked and carefully vetted by advocacy groups committed to advancing an agenda that places religion above the law. At this crucial moment in our history, we need a Supreme Court Justice who will faithfully interpret the Constitution, not simply serve to rubber stamp the policies of President Trump and the religious right.

. . . Kavanaugh’s dissent betrays a reckless credulity for the claims of hardship made by faith-based entities even when it comes at a clear and tangible expense to their employees.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation:


    The Freedom From Religion Foundation says President Trump’s new Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh would be “a disaster for the constitutional principle of separation between state and church” and tilt the court to the religious right for more than a generation.


    …“If Kavanaugh is confirmed, he will unquestionably eviscerate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment,” warn FFRF Executive Directors Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor. “It seems unlikely the cherished wall of separation between state and church protecting true religious liberty could survive intact. Many of our hard-won freedoms would be gutted.”

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*We are so fucked




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