At the Politburo Diktat, there’s a roundup of posts about Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist’s plan to participate “in a telecast portraying Democrats as ‘against people of faith’ for blocking President Bush's nominees” (to quote the NY Times).
I strongly disprove of the Democrats for filibustering Bush’s judicial nominees. The history here is that liberals have been able to achieve a lot of policy goals through their control of the courts, which have often disregarded the actual law in order to achieve the “correct” (from a liberal perspective) results.
“Legislating from the bench” weakens our legal system. So I support the nomination of judicial conservatives who respect the laws and the Constitution as they are written and also respect the principle of stare decisis. Unfortunately for our legal system, liberals place their policy objectives above a judiciary that rules consistently and respects the original intent of the Constitution.
The religious context here is that liberal judges have crafted rulings that the Christian Right hates, the most obvious example being Roe v. Wade which legalized abortion. As much as I support abortion, as a rational person who has studied the Constitution I have to tell you that the Constitution says absolutely nothing about abortion, and the ruling of Roe v. Wade is completely inconsistent with the rest of modern Constitutional doctrine which generally holds that legislatures can pass any laws that they want.
The divide between Republicans and Democrats is becoming more about religion and less about the reasons why I used to be a Republican. Frist’s strategy to turn the Democratic filibuster into a religious issue should not be the least bit surprising given the trend over the past few decades.