I’m a strong believer in the Separation of Church and State. One’s religious and spiritual views are in all circumstances to be kept separate from the governing bodies of our country. The erosion of the Separation of Church and State is at an all time high under the Bush administration. The WaPo now reports that Harriet Miers, like George W. Bush is a ‘Born Again’ Christian. Does that make them Cronies in Christ? It would appear so.
When Bush said he wanted a Supreme Court Justice who shares his views, he wasn’t kidding. “I know her heart,” Bush told a Rose Garden news conference. “Her philosophy won’t change.”
This new revelation from the WaPo on Miers’ religious views should be of great reassurance to the religious right who have been up in arms with worries about some of her views including on the subject of gay rights and abortion.
One evening in the 1980s, several years after Harriet Miers dedicated her life to Jesus Christ, she attended a lecture at her Dallas evangelical church with Nathan Hecht, a colleague at her law firm and her on-again, off-again boyfriend. The speaker was Paul Brand, a surgeon and the author of “Fearfully and Wonderfully Made,” a best-selling exploration of God and the human body.
When the lecture was over, Miers said words Hecht had never heard from her before. “I’m convinced that life begins at conception,” Hecht recalled her saying. According to Hecht, now a Texas Supreme Court justice, Miers has believed ever since that abortion is “taking a life.”
This revelation should also raise a serious red flag for those who believe that our Constitution guarantees the Separation of Church and State. Will Harriet Miers put the Constitution before her God? Or will Harriet Miers do Bush’s bidding for his vision of God and country?
White House spokeswoman Dana Perino declined to comment on Hecht’s recollection yesterday but said President Bush did not ask Miers her personal views on abortion or any other issue that may come before the court. “A nominee who shares the president’s approach of judicial restraint would not allow personal views to affect his or her rulings based on the law,” Perino said.
As the WaPo headline says, “Strong Grounding in the Church Could Be a Clue to Miers’s Priorities.”
Anyone who thinks that she’s not set up to do Bush’s bidding for his vision of God and country is delusional. There’s been a lot talk in the blogosphere about Dobson so quickly embracing Miers, perhaps this could be one of the reasons why.