Voting begins next week on the nomination of John Roberts as Chief Justice. And within days the president is expected to announce another nominee to replace Sandra Day O’Connor. The Supreme Court is receiving a level of attention unlike anything we’ve seen before. And Christians need to take this opportunity to educate themselves and their neighbors on why these nominations are so important.
I do not know Roberts, but on the basis of the public record, I find his nomination encouraging. This is the man who, back in 1983, wrote with dry understatement, “So long as the court views itself as ultimately responsible for governing all aspects of our society, it will, understandably, be overworked.” This is the philosophy of judicial restraint, which has guided John Roberts in his entire career. In a country where the courts now see themselves as entitled to legislate nearly every aspect of life, Roberts’s words are refreshing.
But despite his outstanding record—the highest rating by the
But the purpose of Senate confirmation hearings is not to check whether a nominee’s “attitudes” are “backward” or to advance some agenda. It is to determine whether that nominee is qualified for this position. This is typical, however, of the over-the-top charges being thrown at Roberts.
And just this Sunday, the New York Times,