Supremes court Jesus

Jesus is the son of God; his body is actually there in that Communion wafer; and, forty days after coming back to life after his crucifixion, that whole body of his ascended into heaven. Not to mention that the Pope is infallible.

Soon we will have six out of nine Supreme Court justices who believe these things, in a country that, at least according to President Obama, doesn’t consider itself a “Christian nation.”

Next time, please, an atheist or an agnostic. And maybe make them have a law degree from a non-ivy-league law school, to keep poor John Paul Stevens (who is now also the only Protestant) company.

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3 Responses to Supremes court Jesus

  1. Dave says:

    What would we gain from having an atheist or agnostic as a supreme court justice? Are there special insights gained from NOT believing in God? Any great sense of justice or fairness or integrity based on the “doctrines” of atheism?

    Even an atheist or agnostic can see the philosophies and teachings of most all faiths promote practices and ideologies that are considered positive, desirable, and just by ANYONE in good mental health.

    • celebratingtime says:

      Well, I was being very slightly tongue-in-cheek when I wrote that, but since I believe there’s a kernel of truth in all humor, I’ll try to think harder about what I said. Actually, I think I was probably unfair to Sonia Sotomayor, since I learned today she’s a non-practicing Catholic, and that they tend to be significantly more liberal than those who attend church regularly.

      My underlying assumption is that a diversity of perspectives produces the best result. And I do think there probably are special insights gained from not believing in God: for example, our actions in this world, if there is no life after death, might take on greater importance.

      I think it’s probably true that “the philosophies and teachings of most all faiths promote practices and ideologies that are considered positive, desirable, and just.” What worries me is not the teachers, but the practitioners whose strong beliefs can lead to intolerance.

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