.- Catholic League president William Donohue has taken on Adele Stan of the online magazine American Prospect for stating that President George Bushâs nomination of Judge John Roberts for the Supreme Court is evidence of his "playing the Catholic card.â "Unfortunately, within 24 hours of Robertsâ nomination, Catholic baiting has raised its ugly head,â said Donohue. âAnd the fact that it is coming from a mainstream liberal source is even more disconcerting.â
Donohue pointed out that most people werenât even aware of Robertsâ religious affiliation until after his nomination.
But, according to Stan, Bush is "betting heâs bought himself some insulationâany opposition to Roberts, particularly because of his anti-abortion record, will likely be countered with accusations of anti-Catholicism.â
She says this is a âtimely pitchâ to âconservative Catholic voters prior to the midterm elections.â
Stan goes even further on her blog, AddieStan, by saying: "Rome must be smilingâ at Bushâs choice. She is also urging âliberal Catholicsâ and others to protest the nomination.
But Donohue countered Stanâs claims by applying a similar logic to President Bill Clintonâs selection of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Steven Breyer for the Supreme Court.
âDid he do so because he liked âplaying the Jewish cardâ?â Donohue asked. âAnd did he do so because he wanted his critics to be seen as anti-Semites? For good measure, was Israel âsmilingâ when Clinton chose Ginsburg and Breyer?
"The fact that Jew baiting did not accompany the nominations of Ginsburg and Breyer shows how this nation has progressed,â he said.