Sen. John F. Kerry yesterday attacked Republicans for having an “orthodoxy of view” and overly inserting religion into politics, accusing them of using God as a justification for appointing conservative judges.
“I am sick and tired of a bunch of people trying to tell me that God wants a bunch of conservative judges on the court and that’s why we have to change the rules of the United States Senate,” Kerry told a group of Bay State residents who traveled to Capitol Hill for U.S. Rep. Martin Meehan’s annual legislative seminar.
The Bay State senator was referring to a possible GOP move to alter Senate rules that would prevent Democrats from filibustering President Bush’s judicial nominees.
“I am sick and tired of (them saying) they somehow have a better understanding of Christianity, of the Judeo-Christian ethic, of values,” Kerry added. “We’re talking about values? You show me where in the New Testament Jesus ever talked about the value of having taxes and taking money from poor people to give to the rich people in this country.
This is the kind of battle I’ve been waiting for – one in which the Democrats quit apologizing for being liberal and inclusive. I think we are finally seeing this battle engaged. If so, then we win – Americans are not dogmatic and rigid, just some of them are, and they are a minority. It’s past time to make the choice in front of us plain: is this country going to be run by a small minority for a small minority who crams their ideas down the throats of the majority, or are we going to get back to being America?