US News Columnist: The U.S. Supreme Court is Too Catholic

"More than WASPS, Methodists, Jews, Quakers or Baptists, Catholics often try to impose their beliefs on you, me, public discourse and institutions."

On New Year's Eve, based on an appeal by the Little Sisters of the Poor, Justice Sotomayor issued a temporary stay of the implementation of Obamacare's contraceptive rules. In Tuesday's US News and World Report Jamie Stiehm uses that one single action to determine Justice Sototomayor has abandoned women, put religion in front of the constitution and there are too many Catholics on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Et tu, Justice Sonia Sotomayor? Really, we can't trust you on women's health and human rights? The lady from the Bronx just dropped the ball on American women and girls as surely as she did the sparkling ball at midnight on New Year's Eve in Times Square. Or maybe she's just a good Catholic girl. 

The Supreme Court is now best understood as the Extreme Court. One big reason why is that six out of nine Justices are Catholic. Let's be forthright about that. (The other three are Jewish.) Sotomayor, appointed by President Obama, is a Catholic who put her religion ahead of her jurisprudence. What a surprise, but that is no small thing. 

That was the friendly part; in the next section of the essay Stiehm really shows her anti-Catholic bias:

Sotomayor's blow brings us to confront an uncomfortable reality. More than WASPS, Methodists, Jews, Quakers or Baptists, Catholics often try to impose their beliefs on you, me, public discourse and institutions. Especially if "you" are female. This is not true of all Catholics – just look at House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. But right now, the climate is so cold when it comes to defending our settled legal ground that Sotomayor's stay is tantamount to selling out the sisterhood. And sisterhood is not as powerful as it used to be, ladies.

Catholics in high places of power have the most trouble, I've noticed, practicing the separation of church and state. The pugnacious Catholic Justice, Antonin Scalia, is the most aggressive offender on the Court, but not the only one. Of course, we can't know for sure what Sotomayor was thinking, but it seems she has joined the ranks of the five Republican Catholic men on the John Roberts Court in showing a clear religious bias when it comes to women's rights and liberties. We can no longer be silent about this. Thomas Jefferson, the principal champion of the separation between state and church, was thinking particularly of pernicious Rome in his writings. He deeply distrusted the narrowness of Vatican hegemony.

If Ms. Steihm was taking a pro-life position or saying awful things about Muslims, her name would appear on every mainstream media news channel and newspaper. She would be branded as a bigot. But since she is attacking the Catholics and promoting abortion there will be no objections.

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