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  •  When Kagan is confirmed, the composition (4+ / 0-)
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    of the court will become six Catholics and three Jews. That's really interesting, because Catholics make up only about one-quarter of the population, and nearly all of the rest is some kind of Protestant.

    As far as I know, the Supreme Court was nothing but WASPS for about 150 years, until the first Jews and Catholics were appointed in...what?...about 1920.

    It's kind of surprising that one doesn't hear more about this from Protestant leaders.

    And, of course, it's a darn shame that most of the Catholics on the court are wingnuts who are not representative of the Catholic majority, which almost always votes for the Democratic candidate.

    •  1836 and 1916 (0+ / 0-)

      Roger Brooke Taney was Catholic; he was appointed by Andrew Jackson in 1836. I think he was the first Catholic.

      Louis Brandeis was the first Jew, appointed 1916. However, Millard Fillmore (himself a Unitarian, not a Protestant) offered to appoint Judah Benjamin to the court in 1853, a few weeks before Fillmore left office. Benjamin turned down the appointment.

      William Cushing, one of the original six members of the Supreme Court, is listed as a Unitarian, and there have been several other Unitarians on the Supreme Court, most notably William Howard Taft. Justice David Davis did not belong to any church. So the idea that the Supreme Court was a Protestant monopoly is false.

      •  Well, I was going to say "thank you Sir" and (0+ / 0-)

        rec you until your last sentence, which is ridiculously false.

        I live only about six miles from Taneytown (pronounced Tawny-town in these parts), so I should have remembered Taney. But I doubt if you cant find another Catholic supreme court justice in the 19th century.

        Brandeis, first Jew, was appointed almost exactly as I guessed.

        Unitarians are generally considered Protestants.

        So my point--which is ridiculously obvious--stands that the supreme court has been almost entirely protestant until recent years.

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