Have you ever thought about the role personal faith may play in the decisions made by the Supreme Court? I know, I know, they're supposed to be objective. I also know they voted along party lines in 2000 to put George W. Bush in the White House.
How do you totally separate yourself from your faith? Is that even possible?
Today's court is made up of 3 Jews and 5 Catholics. Since Justice John Paul Stevens retired in 2010, the court, for the first time, has no Protestant member.
Justice Scalia was a very devout Catholic. I think you see evidence of his faith in his work. In his dissent from the court's decision on same-sex marriage he addressed some changes he would like to see to the court. One of those was the religious make-up.
He said "Not a single evangelical Christian (a group that comprises about one quarter of Americans), or even a Protestant of any denomination" sits on the court. He thought that should change.
You might find it interesting to look at this chart to see the religious make up of Congress.
Now, my question is, how do you accomplish such a thing? We try very hard to keep the subject of religion out of confirmation hearings. Do you think it should be a consideration when a President is selecting a candidate?