Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Miers' Christianity

The Washington Times has further confirmed the rumors that Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers is, in fact, a born-again Christian:

Late Sunday night, the Rev. Ron Key and his wife, Kaycia, got a mysterious phone call from longtime friend Harriet Miers.

"She talked with my wife and asked us to pray for her," the 57-year-old Dallas pastor said. "She said, 'You know, I cannot tell you why, but please pray for me.'
"Harriet is like that. She is very careful about doing the right thing. Of course, I did pray for her, and the next morning woke up to find out with the rest of the nation that she had been nominated for the Supreme Court."

While the rest of the country debates the merits of Miss Miers' judicial qualifications, her Christian friends and confidants says she is a solid believer who, like President Bush, had a religious conversion in her 30s.

This was in June 1979. Within a few days of her decision, she was baptized at Valley View Christian Church, a conservative Protestant congregation in north Dallas with 1,200 members. The church is not affiliated with the similarly named Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), a liberal mainline denomination.

"The whole basis for becoming a Christian is that you've made mistakes," said Mr. Key, who was pastor of the church at the time. "Obviously, at that time in her life, she became aware of the fact that she needed Jesus, and she committed her life to Him."

But here's the part that won't set well with the libs in the Senate:

Not only did this affect her financially -- "If you see her tax returns, you'll see she gives 15 percent to the church," Justice Hecht said -- but it also transformed her views on issues such as abortion.

"After her conversion, she thought more about things in a serious way. She realized life begins at conception. Taking a life after conception was serious business, and therefore you could not do it without a good reason," the judge said.

It is amazing to think that in today's America the status of being a practicing Christian would be a criteria for excluding someone from serving on the Supreme Court. But nonetheless, these revelations about Miers are certain to become a stumbling block for her confirmation chances, mainly due to that dreaded "A" word. The fact that a person's views on taking a human life when it has been deemed an inconvenience would actually become a litmus test for confirming someone to the High Court is a disturbing testament to our times. Do the Dems really want this for a legacy?

The dirty little secret is that all of us have a value system that is rooted in something and it should have no bearing on whether we are qualified to serve on the bench. A commitment to our Constitution is the only thing that matters.

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