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Do Catholics Represent Evangelicals in America’s Legal Elite?
Firsts Things ^ | 5/6/13 | Mark Movsesian

Posted on 05/09/2013 7:50:45 AM PDT by marshmallow

At the Center for Law and Religion Forum, University of Michigan law professor Dan Crane has been doing an interesting series of posts on the under-representation of Evangelicals within America’s legal elite. Dan notes that Evangelicals do not seem overly bothered by the fact that relatively few of them occupy positions at the top of the legal profession–no Evangelicals sit on the Supreme Court, for example–and wonders why. One explanation, he says, is that Evangelicals believe, and are comfortable with the fact, that Catholics represent their outlook on things. For example, he writes,

[A]fter the Supreme Court nomination of evangelical Harriet Miers fell apart (and to repeat a point from yesterday’s post, observe that Miers, an SMU Law grad, lacked “elite” credentials), there seemed to be no great reaction from evangelicals when John Roberts, a Catholic (who undoubtedly had elite credentials), was picked instead. The choice of Sam Alito, a Catholic, over one of the (very few) plausible evangelicals (like Mike McConnell) barely registered. . . .

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1 posted on 05/09/2013 7:50:45 AM PDT by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

Interesting ideas. I don’t “evangelicals” think of themselves as a group identity that needs to be “represented,” as the author says. An individual Christian from several denominations or none may describe himself as “an Evangelical,” but there is no such thing as “The Evangelical Church” as an institution in the way there is “The Catholic Church.”

“Evangelical” as an identifier is a little like “charismatic”: it says something about the person’s beliefs and spirituality, independed of the specific church he attends.


2 posted on 05/09/2013 12:01:57 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Sarah is right.)
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To: Tax-chick

Heavy on the typso today ... too much Darksheare.


3 posted on 05/09/2013 12:05:24 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Sarah is right.)
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To: marshmallow; KC_Lion
Dan notes that Evangelicals do not seem overly bothered by the fact that relatively few of them occupy positions at the top of the legal profession–no Evangelicals sit on the Supreme Court, for example–and wonders why. One explanation, he says, is that Evangelicals believe, and are comfortable with the fact, that Catholics represent their outlook on things.

Wow. But I thought that Evangelicals were all inbred snake-handling trailer-dwelling illiterate Bible-thumping "Know Nothings." You mean they aren't???

I never dreamed how much Catholics despise Fundamentalist Protestants until I joined the Catholic Church (it's similar to how Blacks hate whites). Every issue of every Catholic periodical seems to be required to engage in a little Fundie-bashing, and the churches are filled with tracts that do so as well. Now if the shoe were on the other foot . . .

4 posted on 05/09/2013 1:39:51 PM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (Ki-hagoy vehamamlakhah 'asher lo'-ya`avdukh yove'du; vehagoyim charov yecheravu!)
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To: marshmallow

Our master plan is working well. Oh, how we hate Fundamentalist Christians, with a hatred so pure it is akin to how some races hate other races; they must NEVER sit on the high court! All the Protestant presidents have been indoctrinated by our clever insidious tracts to never nominate Fundamentalist Christians to the SC. These tracts are left on the windshields of Protestant church parking lots all over America on orders from Rome. This is harder than it sounds, as our missionaries have to wear thick robes or do their tract placing at night because they are usually albino assassin monks, and the sun simply doesn’t agree with them.

FReegards


5 posted on 05/09/2013 6:02:30 PM PDT by Ransomed
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To: Zionist Conspirator
ZC: I thought that Evangelicals were all inbred snake-handling trailer-dwelling illiterate Bible-thumping "Know Nothings."

Strange for a Noahcide to say that. Well, your own choice

6 posted on 05/10/2013 1:18:29 AM PDT by Cronos (Latin presbuteros->Late Latin presbyter->Old English pruos->Middle Engl prest->priest)
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