Best Way For Diversity On Supreme Court: An Atheist
Marc Cooper in the Los Angeles Times makes the case that the replacement for Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens should be an atheist.
Though the court without Stevens will be left with six Catholics and two Jews, the open seat should not go to either domination. Nor should it go to a Presbyterian, a Lutheran, a Methodist, a Muslim or even a Zoroastrian. If it did, that would make nine people who all have one religious principle in common: a belief in religion.
Clearly, the next person to take the bench should be an atheist.
It’s something Thomas Jefferson might have done. After all, Jefferson predicted the course religion would take years down the road:
In an 1823 letter to John Adams, Jefferson was forthright about his views of religion, and Christianity specifically. “And the day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the supreme being as his father in the womb of a virgin will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerve in the brain of Jupiter,” Jefferson wrote. “But may we hope that the dawn of reason and freedom of thought in these United States will do away with this artificial scaffolding, and restore to us the primitive and genuine doctrines of this most venerated reformer of human errors.”
In other words, Jefferson liked what Jesus, the man, stood for, but could definitely do without the rest of the bunk.
So instead of trying to balance the court with someone who isn’t Catholic or Jewish, maybe it’s time to think outside of religion entirely. Now that’s diversity!Click here for reuse options!
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