.- As the ongoing scrutiny of Supreme Court nominee Judge John Roberts continues, Catholic League president William Donahue said critics will likely try to falsely brand the Catholic judge as a âreligious extremist.â âWhile the red flags noting his attendance at a âtraditionalâ Catholic church with his âpro-lifeâ wife continue to be flown,â Donahue said, âit is unlikely that [Senators] Kennedy, Durbin, Leahy and Schumer will press Roberts too hard about his âpersonalâ views. Instead, they will try to paint him as an extremist. And in doing so, they will pick up on what advocacy groups are now saying.â
Since his nomination earlier this summer, Roberts has been at the center of what many call a âreligious litmus testâ over his potential appointment--something supporters say is utterly unconstitutional.
Donahue noted that âAmericans United for Separation of Church and State, People for the American Way and the Alliance for Justice have all issued reports on Roberts; they have their talking points down well. None of these groups has ever had the slightest interest in defending religious libertyâtheir entire understanding of the First Amendment provision on religion is centered on talk about a mythical âwallâ separating church and state.â
He said that these groups claim to be concerned about protecting so-called âreligious minority groupsâ from âmajoritarianâ groups like Christians.
âIn other words,â Donahue said, âwe need to shield the 15 percent of Americans who are not Christian from âthoseâ Christiansâ¦Their goal is to paint Roberts as a fanatic because he does not share their fanatical interpretation of the First Amendment. Nice try.â