Bush courts evangelicals for nominee support

President cites Miers's church membership
Before John Roberts was approved by the U.S. Senate as chief justice, backers of the federal judge, an active Catholic, warned that the nominee should not be put to an unconstitutional “religious test” in evaluations of his suitability. But soon after President Bush on October 3 nominated Harriet Miers, a prominent Texas lawyer and his White House counsel, for another vacancy on the Court, her membership in a pro-life evangelical church in Dallas was cited as a strong sign of her philosophy.

The president’s chief political adviser, Karl Rove, lined up support from leading evangelicals such as Focus on the Family founder James Dobson and the Southern Baptists’ Richard Land. Jay Sekulow, chief counsel of the Pat Robertson–founded American Center for Law and Justice, supported Miers, as did Christian right figures Charles Colson and Tony Perkins.

 

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