UPDATE: We’ve learned that the Valley View church discussed below is not the Valley View church that Harriet Miers attends. Apologies for the error.
For 25 years, Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers has attended the evangelical Valley View Christian Church in Dallas, Texas. Conservatives have pointed to her church ties as evidence of her ideological underpinnings, and the Los Angeles Times noted today that Miers has left “little evidence of her own values and convictions, beyond her commitment to her church.” As TNR notes, the Valley View website features a list of theological principles held by church leaders and parishioners. For instance, one reads, “We believe in the universal Church, the living spiritual body, of which Christ is the Head and all born again persons are members.” But according to a Google cache retrieved earlier this summer (link |screenshot), the list was altered recently to remove statements on four controversial issues that may come before the Court: abortion, homosexuality, evolution/creation, and euthanasia. Here are the four: Abortion: “We believe that life is sacred. It begins at conception and should be held in respect. Abortion to us is the taking of innocent life and should be condemned.” Homosexuality: “We believe that God created man and woman for celibacy or a monogamous relationship. Homosexuality is a perversion of God’s design and is condemned by Him in the Scriptures. We love the homosexual but denounce the behavior.” Evolution/Creation: “We believe that God created this world in 6 days, that He created man in His own image, for fellowship with Himself.” Euthanasia: “We believe that God is sovereign. Man does not possess the judgment nor the right to determine when one’s life should end. Euthanasia is man assuming God’s sovereign role and therefore, must be rejected.”