Monday, August 01, 2005

Did he just compare Roberts to? No... Really?

"It's a little bit like biblical Pharisees, you know, who basically are always trying to undermine Jesus Christ.... You know, it goes on the same way. If they can catch him in something, they can then criticize and the outside groups will go berserk."

- Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah), on Fox News, describing the nature of potential Democratic opposition to Supreme Court nominee Judge John G. Roberts Jr.

Source: The Washington Post

Thanks to Sojourners for catching that quote. I hadn't heard it before. On the surface it's just political mumbling using Biblical terminology to keep the conservative Christian base on the warpath. ("Oh, we're Christians and despite the fact that we live in a country founded on Christian values and can openly practice our faith, people are persecuting us at every turn. Boo-hoo-hoo!")

On a different -- and more frightening -- level, it kind of sounds like Senator Hatch is comparing John Roberts to Jesus. Or maybe he's just fed up with Democrats in general and he's comparing George W. Bush to Jesus. Either way, it's yet another pathetic attempt to intermix religious and political discussions to stir the pot.