At today’s White House briefing, Press Secretary Scott McClellan claimed someone’s religion has no impact on their performance as a judge:
[A] person’s religion or personal views have no role when it comes to making decisions as a judge.
But McClellan also said telling people about Miers’ religious views is critical for gaining support for her nomination. Here’s McClellan during the same press conference:
But she is a person of faith. She is someone who attends church on a regular basis…And that’s all part of reaching out to people to gain support for her nomination.
George Bush said the same thing earlier today:
People ask me why I picked Harriet Miers. They want to know Harriet Miers’ background; they want to know as much as they possibly can before they form opinions. And part of Harriet Miers’ life is her religion.
And right-wing religious leader James Dobson was briefed on Harriet Miers religion by Karl Rove:
What did Karl Rove say to me that I knew on Monday that I couldn’t reveal? Well, it’s what we all know now, that Harriet Miers is an Evangelical Christian, that she is from a very conservative church, which is almost universally pro-life.
The White House peddled Miers religious views as a way of responding to conservative criticism of her nomination. And it continues to do so.