When Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, who is 89, retires—and he’s expected to in the next year or so—there will be no Protestant left on the highest court in the land. Will President Obama be pressured to appoint one? Popular opinion once held that even one Catholic was too many on the court. Today there are six. But would anyone even notice if Obama appointed a seventh to replace Stevens? Once upon a time, there was an outright religious litmus test for Supreme Court appointees. Today religion is almost irrelevant in appointing new justices.
From the article here.
Does it matter? Should it matter? Can justices not be influenced by their respective religious beliefs in making secular laws?
Evangelical christian Pat Buchanan says it’s time for one their own to sit on this bench because they are the largest minority not represented. He fails to consider the significant and growing non religious minority in his calculations, but the notion of an atheist on the bench seems to be too much for even legitimate consideration in the selection process, too far beyond the pale, to even consider when selecting appropriate justices to decide on secular laws.
Am I alone thinking that this is a problem, that the last place religiosity should find a comfy home is in the personal qualifications of a supreme court justice?