Senator Orrin Hatch sent shock waves through the liberal culture when he said, "the left is trying to enforce an anti-religious litmus test" against judicial "nominees who openly adhere to Catholic and Baptist doctrines."
How dare he accuse them of doing what they are doing? After all, correctly describing a deplorable Democratic tactic is tantamount to dirty campaigning, even McCarthyism.
The New York Times, the Gray Matriarch of the Democratic propaganda machine, was outraged at the suggestion of anti-Christian prejudice. "This is a false, cynical and divisive charge," opined the Times, apparently oblivious to liberalism's currently raging war against Christianity.
Human Events interviewed a number of senators about the validity of Hatch's charge. Not surprisingly, most Republican senators agreed and Democrats disagreed.
Democratic Senator Maria Cantwell responded, "I think the Republicans are the people who are raising questions about people's religion." In other words, if Democrats have been crafty enough not to mention the nominee's religious affiliation, his affiliation must not be a factor.
Did our Democratic friends hold themselves to the same standard when then-Senator John Ashcroft opposed the nomination of Missouri Supreme Court Justice Ronnie White to the federal bench? Had they done so, they wouldn't have been able to falsely accuse Ashcroft of racism (Justice White is black), because Ashcroft certainly never invoked race as a factor. The allegation was absurd on its face, but that didn't keep the race-baiters from spewing their venom.
Senator Hatch's charge is different. Democrats have opposed judicial nominees precisely because they are pro-life Christians. But Hatch didn't go far enough. It's not just believing Catholics and believing Baptists who liberals deem unqualified for the bench. It's anyone with a strong Christian worldview -- anyone whose Christian moral beliefs inform his political policy preferences -- in short, Christian conservatives.
And they haven't limited their assault to the judicial branch. Executive appointees, such as Dr. David Hager (to the FDA) and Jerry Tacker (to the presidential AIDS panel), have also been barred from service because of their Christian beliefs.
You don't have to be a fire-breathing fundamentalist to run afoul of the anti-Christian litmus test. Just oppose a woman's unqualified right to terminate her own pregnancy, and you're as unfit for the federal bench as an illegal alien with a smoking gun (no offense intended to illegal aliens without smoking guns).