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Cheerful Jews, Fearful Catholics React to Elena Kagan’s Supreme Court Confirmation

The Senate has approved the nomination of U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan, 50, to the Supreme Court. With Kagan, it’ll be the first time the court has three female justices, three Jewish justices, and no Protestants.

Catholic News Agency reports that Kagan’s confirmation is “deeply troubling” to pro-life leaders. The story doesn’t note that six of the nine justices are still Catholic, however, and that Kagan, a Conservative Jew, is replacing John Paul Stevens, a liberal Protestant. In other words, all signs point to the status quo being maintained re: Roe v. Wade. (Or am I missing something?)


While most Jewish groups have cheered Kagan on, especially when she revealed her witty side during the confirmation hearings, one of my old newspapers, The Journal News, did report a protest in New York from the Orthodox group Torah Jews for Decency, due to her tolerant stance on gays in the military.

Kagan’s confirmation concludes a busy religion news week for America’s courts, with the lawsuit to stop New York’s “Ground Zero mosque” and the overturned Prop. 8 gay marriage ban (and pending appeal) in California working their way up the judicial ladder. (Mexico’s Supreme Court has also just ruled in favor of same-sex marriage, by the way.) It will be interesting to see what happens if/when they get to this Supreme Court.


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posted August 6, 2010 at 10:04 am

If we need to count the Supremes of this or that religion they should not have been named to the court in the first case. Their job is to try as hard as they can to interpret the law, not the law as seen through their religion’s glasses. I’m sure it’s hard sometimes but that’s their job, at least as I understand it.
Having said that, it’s time for an atheist or two.

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joe gonzalez

posted August 6, 2010 at 10:49 am

Catholics are always scared of everything that’s on the very edge of the brink of slightly moving the status quo. I’m a Catholic and cheerfully admit it. We practising Catholics who more or less take jokingly the fears of the hierarchy are more than you can count.

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posted August 6, 2010 at 12:47 pm

She is NOT “conservative”!

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posted August 6, 2010 at 12:50 pm

Our President of the United States had a great couple of months;
1. Financial reformed passed, thanks to “Tea Party Approved” Senator Scott Brown (R-MA)
2. AZ SB1070 (written by Neo Nazi lover, Russell Pearce and private prison giant Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) lover, Jan Brewer, both “Tea Party Approved” ) fails in court when legally challenged.
3. CA Prop 8 (financially supported by San Diego businessman Terry Caster, owner of A-1 Self Storage, Company, San Diego businessman Doug Manchester owner Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel and the Grand del Mar, Church of Latter Day Saint (LDS/ Mormons), Catholic Church, both “Tea Party Approved”) fails in court when legally challenged, the judge appointed by Ronald Reagan.
4. Elena Kagan Confirmed to Supreme Court, (63 to 37, with the help of Susan Collins, Olympia Snowe, Sen. Lindsey Graham, Judd Gregg, and Richard Lugar, are they “Tea Party Approved”?
5. Another Birther lawsuit (Captain Pamela Barnett, V. Barack Obama) and “Tea Party Approved”, was dismissed.
Happy Birthday Mr. President, even though belated, keep going, you are doing great and I am personally enjoy that the so called “Tea Party” is taking it so well. Love it.

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An observer

posted August 6, 2010 at 1:14 pm

While a big deal is being made of Kagan’s Jewishness, she did not even tip her hat to her religion by not having the swearing in on the Jewish Sabbath. I do not think her religion will have much of an impact on her judicial rulings.

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Charles Cosimano

posted August 6, 2010 at 2:17 pm

Just because she is Jewish does not necessarily mean that she is ultra-observant and thus probably has no trouble at all being sworn in on the Sabbath, unless she has been sworn in already because as nightfall has not happened in her part of the world yet, the Sabbath hasn’t started yet.

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posted August 6, 2010 at 5:56 pm

An observer: I love people like this that do not know what they a talking about. Probably a “Tea bag Party” member.

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posted August 6, 2010 at 8:27 pm

So who really cares just what religion she happens to be? Or what religion the other 8 members are? Personally I’m glad another WOMAN is on the Bench. The SCOTUS will be better off with another female point of view, while they are interpreting the laws of this county. No one really knows just what she will do and I suspect she doesn’t either. She is there to take one case at a time, and like the other members, rule as she finds fair. BTW, what are the Catholics so darn afraid of? Are they scared of women’s rights being upheld when it comes to pregnancy decisions?

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posted August 7, 2010 at 4:42 am

Many times the intellect gets in the way of a Godly decision…that is the scary part….would that this nation and world be ruled by Godly men with hearts led by the Holy Spirit….what a world it would be…

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posted August 7, 2010 at 10:08 am

Barb you are describing Iran. Think about it!

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posted August 7, 2010 at 2:34 pm

Congratulations to Elena Kagan!

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posted August 8, 2010 at 7:35 pm

Congratulation Elena, serve us well.

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posted August 9, 2010 at 2:28 am

I disagree catholics care that much other then the conversation of any strip for that matter, for them it has nothing do with her being Jewish. They do not like her, because she is lefty. Obama i feel as many lefties out there, that he does not pick to them to left leaning as some would like. I think you need to remember Kennedy Reagen pick thought he put perfect rightly in and they were wrong. I hope she dose her job and it faith. We really need to make secular gay marriage legal, it really human right issues. again those religious’ group who can not support gay marriage should not be force to do so.

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Bento B.

posted August 11, 2010 at 9:41 am

The link you give for the article:
does not contain the words “deeply troubled” (check for yourself.) This is probably an oversight on your part and not an outright lie. The article itself is very fair and balanced. Nicole should actually read it. I don’t think Nicole Neroulis is a liar, just incompetent.

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Nicole Neroulias

posted August 11, 2010 at 12:13 pm

Thanks for catching that, Bento B. I have now corrected the link, which was intended to direct readers to the Catholic News Agency story that uses the “deeply troubling” quote.

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posted August 11, 2010 at 9:31 pm

Barb, you sound like you would be happy in a country with a state run religion. There are plenty about (fortunately this isn’t one nor should it ever be)in the world.

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posted August 12, 2010 at 4:51 am

why headline as jews vs christians when even the content denies this? why not healdine it as educated vs morons, enlightened vs. cretins, forces of light vs forces of dark? thank gd that the jews mentioned were applauding her sense of humor rather than her anti-christ stances…

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posted August 15, 2010 at 12:20 pm

There are already six Catholics on the court and five of them are your kind of Christo-fascist. Be happy with that for now.

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Grumpy Old Person

posted August 18, 2010 at 10:19 pm

@ Barb,
“Many times the intellect gets in the way of a Godly decision…that is the scary part”
Why are religionists so ‘scared’ of intellect? Gosh, in my day, having brains was something to be proud of.
Hint, Barb: the SCOTUS is not paid to make “Godly decisions” (thank God ;{O) – they’re paid to make JUST decisions. You remember from school, something about “liberty and JUSTICE for ALL” (i.e. not just sexist betterosexual religionists).

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