“Strong Grounding in the Church Could Be a Clue to Miers’s Priorities”

(From the Washington Post)

“One evening in the 1980s, several years after Harriet Miers dedicated her life to Jesus Christ, she attended a lecture at her Dallas evangelical church with Nathan Hecht, a colleague at her law firm and her on-again, off-again boyfriend. The speaker was Paul Brand, a surgeon and the author of ‘Fearfully and Wonderfully Made,’ a best-selling exploration of God and the human body.

“When the lecture was over, Miers said words Hecht had never heard from her before. ‘I’m convinced that life begins at conception,’ Hecht recalled her saying. According to Hecht, now a Texas Supreme Court justice, Miers has believed ever since that abortion is ‘taking a life.’”

Washington Post – “Strong Grounding in the Church Could Be a Clue to Miers’s Priorities”

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Why Quick Endorsements for Miers from Evangelicals?

The newspaper of record has the best reporting that I have seen thus far on Harriet Miers. The story is titled “In Midcareer, a Turn to Faith to Fill a Void.” This article gives great insight into Miers’s conversion to evangelical faith and the subsequent reconfiguring of her politics. This one is definitely worth your taking the time to read it.

For those who have been wondering how prominent Evangelicals have been able to offer such a quick endorsement of someone who is largely an unknown quantity (e.g. James Dobson), there may be some information in this piece that helps to explain. The White House had Texas Supreme Court justice Nathan Hecht testify to Miers’s evangelical bona fides in a conference call preceding the nomination.

“To persuade the right to embrace Ms. Miers’s selection despite her lack of a clear record on social issues, representatives of the White House put Justice Hecht on at least one conference call with influential social conservative organizers on Monday to talk about her faith and character.

“Some evangelical Protestants were heralding the possibility that one of their own would have a seat on the court after decades of complaining that their brand of Christianity met condescension and exclusion from the American establishment.

“In an interview Tuesday on the televangelist Pat Robertson’s ‘700 Club,’ Jay Sekulow, chief counsel of the Christian conservative American Center for Law and Justice, said Ms. Miers would be the first evangelical Protestant on the court since the 1930’s. ‘So this is a big opportunity for those of us who have a conviction, that share an evangelical faith in Christianity, to see someone with our positions put on the court,’ Mr. Sekulow said.”

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Miers Found Christ and Turned Republican


White House Counsel Harriet Miers speaks after being nominated by President George W. Bush as Supreme Court Justice during a statement from the Oval Office on Monday October 3, 2005. -White House photo by Paul Morse

According to the Matt Drudge, Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers found Christ in 1979, and then became a Republican. Drudge is saying that the New York Times is set to splash the story on front pages tomorrow morning.

Well, this could be a tough pill for Harry Reid to swallow. Her merits of personal affability and answering phone calls promptly are not likely to outweigh the unconscionable demerit of her being an evangelical. For liberals, the only thing worse than being pro-life is being an evangelical. Tough pill indeed!

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Encouraging News about Harriet Miers?

World magazine’s blog has an encouraging set of entries on Harriet Miers. According to an interview with her good friend, Texas Supreme Court justice Nathan Hecht, she is an originalist in her approach to constitutional (and biblical!) interpretation.

The blog also reports that Miers is a committed evangelical Christian who is a regular tither to her church in Dallas and who holds the same position on abortion as the majority of other evangelicals in America.

As for reports that Miers donated money to Democrat candidates for President in the late 80’s, Hecht says, “If she did it, it was because [her law] firm made her do it.”

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It’s Harriet Miers


Harriet Miers, White House counsel, being named to replace retiring Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.

She was on the short list, and now she is the one. President Bush has nominated Harriet Miers to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court left by Sandra Day O’Connor.

Miers has no “paper trail,” as it were, having never served as a judge. We will be following this nomination very closely. Stay tuned.

New York Times’ Profile of Harriet Miers

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Travesty: Abortion as Charity!

The Associated Press reports that the only abortion clinic in central Arkansas is offering free abortions to victims of Hurricane Katrina. Dr. Jerry Edwards says, “If we didn’t provide it now, they would get it later — a late-term abortion that would give greater risk to the mother’s health.” Dr. Edwards says he has already provided six free abortions that would normally cost between $525 and $600.

The abortion clinic is called “Little Rock Family Planning Services” and was featured in this past Sunday’s New York Times in an article titled “Under Din of Abortion Debate, an Experience Shared Quietly.” The Times article tells the tragic stories of a number of women who came there to take the life of their unborn babies. Russell Moore and Al Mohler have both written fine responses to this article.

We should all be scandalized, however, at this latest AP report. Has our society really sunk so low that people now think the free termination of our children to be a charitable work? Not only does this compound the tragedy of abortion on demand in our country, but it also adds to the misery of these women, some of whom will likely experience the profound trauma of regret and heart-break that often follows abortion.

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Scopes Monkey Trial 2: Intelligent Design on Trial

The New York Times reports today about an upcoming court case in Pennsylvania.

“Advocates on both sides of the issue have lined up behind the case, often calling it Scopes II, in reference to the 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial that was the last century’s great face-off over evolution.

“On the evolutionists’ side is a legal team put together by the American Civil Liberties Union and Americans United for Separation of Church and State. These groups want to put intelligent design itself on trial and discredit it so thoroughly that no other school board would dare authorize teaching it.

“Witold J. Walczak, legal director of the A.C.L.U. of Pennsylvania, said the plaintiffs would call six experts in history, theology, philosophy of science and science to show that no matter the perspective, ‘intelligent design is not science because it does not meet the ground rules of science, is not based on natural explanations, is not testable’” (source).

The report also says that Michael Behe will be the star witness for the defense.

I say, let the debate begin in earnest. I think the evolutionists are going to be surprised at the sophistication of the opposing arguments—arguments that they were hoping they and the public could ignore.

“A Web of Faith, Law and Science in Evolution Suit,” by Laurie Goodstein, New York Times, September 26, 2005

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L.B.J. and Senator Russell Long after Hurricane Betsy

Lyndon Johnson and Senator Russell Long of Louisiana peer out of Air Force One in 1965 to survey the damage done by Hurricane Betsy. – Yoichi R. Okamoto / Lyndon Baines Johnson Library

NBC News Anchorman Brian Williams provides a glimpse into how Lyndon Johnson used a trip to New Orleans after Hurricane Betsy in 1965 for political advantage. This is a gem of an Op-Ed. Go check it out. It’s titled “L.B.J.’s Political Hurricane.”

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Hometown Update

I heard from my folks at about 2pm this afternoon. They are alright and are thanking God for keeping them safe and for keeping their house intact.

The electric company is saying that DeRidder could be without power for up to two weeks. The people there have some hard days ahead to get the town cleaned up and back on its feet. But they weren’t hit nearly as badly as Lake Charles, which is just 45 miles southward.

There is much to be thankful for as we pray for those who were hit the hardest.

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