Grand Inquisitor

Earlier this year, some religious conservatives got into hot water for suggesting that liberals want to impose a religious litmus test against “people of faith” who are nominated to the Supreme Court. The righteous indignation the Democrats expressed was out there for all to see. Conservatives were forced to back off this line of attack.

Now, with the nomination of John Roberts, Dick Durbin is fueling new suspicions about the issue. Last Friday, Durbin, the Illinois Democrat, is reported to have asked Roberts about potential conflicts between their shared Roman Catholicism and the law. Frankly, Senator Durbin, who made you the Grand Inquisitor? It’s none of your business.

It’s the job of Roberts to faithfully interpret the law. It’s your job to decide whether he is fit for the job (and he obviously is). Drop the quizzes about the state of the nominee’s soul … or join the priesthood.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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