His Church says homosexuality is “intrinsically disordered,” but Francis is praising civil unions—putting him ahead of at least two justices concerned about "religious liberty.”
Jay Michaelson is the legal affairs columnist at The Daily Beast. He primarily covers law, religion, sexuality, and environmental issues, with an occasional arts review now and then. Jay often appears on CNN, NPR, MSNBC, and other outlets, and has a second career as a rabbi and meditation teacher. He holds a J.D. from Yale and a Ph.D. in Jewish Thought from Hebrew University, and his six books include the bestselling God vs. Gay? The Religious Case for Equality and The Gate of Tears: Sadness and the Spiritual Path.
If Democrats win the presidency and the Senate, they should set 18-year term limits for Supreme Court justices—effective immediately and applying to sitting justices.
“My experience around politics,” said Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, “is that when you find hypocrisy in the daylight, look for power in the shadows.”
Yes, the hearings are a farce. But Democrats can make them a useful farce.
It was all preexisting conditions, all the time as Democrats ignored Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett and turned today’s hearing into a long campaign ad.
If you are indeed a person of conscience committed to saving lives, you must withdraw.
We may soon have five justices saying that my marriage interferes with someone else’s religious freedom because they don’t want to recognize that it exists.
It’s easy to see why every major anti-abortion organization in America hailed Barrett when she was appointed to the Seventh Circuit.
Eight justices will hear cases by conference call, including challenges to voting in key states, while the potential ninth waits in the wings. Welcome to 2020.
Barrett has taken a right-wing position on every contentious case that has come before her as a judge. It’s not hard to imagine what she’d do as a justice, but it is scary.