Justice Sunday Draws Supporters, Opponents to Louisville

April 29, 2005

Source: PBS Religion & Ethics Newsweekly


On April 29, 2005 PBS Religion & Ethics Newsweekly reported, "President Bush was asked how he feels about the way religious faith is being used in American political debates. President GEORGE W. BUSH: I think faith is a personal issue, and I get great strength from my faith. But I don't condemn somebody in the political process because they may not agree with me on religion. The question to the president, and his answer, grew out of the sharp divide that has opened up between conservative evangelicals and mainline Protestants over whether some of those the president wants confirmed as federal appeals court judges are being opposed because they are people of faith. The center of the debate last week was a conservative evangelical rally in Louisville, Kentucky... It was an emotionally charged gathering -- people who feel their culture and religion threatened at every turn by liberal judges. They saw the denial of a final Supreme Court hearing for Terri Schiavo as one more sign of a judiciary run amok... Organizers billed the event as 'Justice Sunday: Stopping the Filibuster Against People of Faith.' It was meant to energize their base, the Christian Right, and it did."