The suggestion that judicial nominees are being opposed because they believe in God is ridiculous. But that didn’t stop Trent Lott from repeating the claim on ABC’s This Week:
LOTT: [W]hat has made people uncomfortable is that people that have strong feelings about their faith, regardless of the denomination or background of that particular religious group, if they feel strongly and live and support the positions that reflect their faith, then you’re disqualified.
STEPHANOPOULOS: But that’s the difference…
STEPHANOPOULOS: ….people are motivated by opposing this faith. You’d agree with that.
LOTT: I do.
If you want to find out the real reason why some Senators oppose nominees like Janice Rodgers Brown, Pricilla Owens and William J. Haynes, check out this edition of the Progress Report.
UPDATE: On Fox News Sunday, Brit Hume said if a Senator were to explicity endorse the view that the filibuster is an attack on faith (as Lott did on ABC) it would be a big deal:
WALLACE: Well, let’s pick up with this issue that we discussed at the very end of the last segment: the controversy that seems to be brewing about Senator Frist’s decision to appear on this telecast along with a number of Christian conservatives, in which they are going to say that the Democratic filibuster is being used against people of faith.
Brit, legitimate controversy?
HUME: Probably, but pretty small potatoes when you think about it. I mean, if Frist were to say that in the broadcast and specifically support that view, that would be a big deal, but otherwise I think not much.