The Family Research Council, sponsor of the event, says Alito's confirmation is part of the solution to the problem of government hostility to religion. Ummmm... say again? Well, who says conservatives are against activist judges. Activism is apparently only working for something they're against.
Ministers from Philadelphia, New York and Washington yesterday criticized plans by religious conservatives to hold a nationally broadcast rally ... at an African American church on North Broad Street on the eve of confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Samuel A. Alito Jr.
The Rev. Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State in Washington and a United Church of Christ minister, called the gathering nothing more than "a big play" by its conveners "to gain control over the one branch of government they don't now control."
80 million people are supposed to watch Dobson, Falwell and (it just gets better) Sen. Rick Santorum whip up the faithful. Interestingly, the Inquirer says, some black clergy, such as Rev. Robert Shine of the PA Statewide Coalition of Black Clergy, are concerned about the signal sent by hosting this event at an African American church.
"It gives the impression that the African American church is in full agreement," Shine said. "Nothing could be further from the truth."I find it interesting how people can exercise civil religion to claim that we don't have one.