Dispatches from the Creation Wars

This is kind of weird. A spokesman for Focus on the Family apparently said that the organization has no problem with a gay justice being placed on the Supreme Court. And other religious righters are none too happy about it:

Focus on the Family has no problem with a nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court being a homosexual? To confirm the accuracy and validity of comments made by Bruce Hausknecht, a spokesperson for Focus on the Family, I called and spoke with Bruce Hausknecht and Bruce confirmed that his quotes in an article on the Plum Line website were accurate. I asked him three times if they were accurate quotes and each time Bruce affirmed they were.

In the article Mr. Hausknecht is quoted as saying, “We agree with Senator Sessions…The issue is not their sexual orientation. It’s whether they are a good judge or not.” Hausknecht said their sexual orientation “should never come up…It’s not even pertinent to the equation.” Hausknecht continued, “Our concern at the Supreme Court is judicial philosophy…Sexual orientation only becomes an issue if it effects their judging.”


I think they’re overreacting just a bit. Does anyone really think that FOTF would actually support a gay justice? No way in hell. This is just empty rhetoric. They’d oppose any gay justice and claim it was based solely on concerns about their judicial temperament or philosophy.

I also had to laugh at this bit of obfuscation:

What did our Founding Fathers and the leading legal scholar for the Founders have to say about the issue of homosexuality?…

John Adams who was Vice-president and then President said, “Have you ever found in history, one single example of a Nation thoroughly corrupted that was afterwards restored to virtue?…And without virtue, there can be no political liberty.”

Which doesn’t have a damn thing to do with homosexuality. Gays can be as virtuous or non-virtuous as anyone else.