Apparently, the liberal media believes that questioning whether Catholics should be put on the Supreme Court is within the bounds of "fair discussion."
The Anchoress offers the following thought experiment:
Let’s take a second look at what Stiehm wrote, insert words other than “Catholic” into her lines, and we can wonder whether Mr. Kelly would be quite so cavalier about printing the following:Here is the US News & World Report's editorial, complete with a fairly amazing headline:
Lesbians often try to impose their beliefs on you, me, public discourse and institutions. Especially if “you” are female.
Jews in high places of power have the most trouble, I’ve noticed, practicing the separation of church and state. The pugnacious Jewish Justice. . .is the most aggressive offender on the Court, but not the only one.
The seemingly innocent Black Sisters likely were likely not acting alone in their trouble-making. Their big brothers, the meddlesome NAACP are bound to be involved. [Blacks] seek and wield tremendous power and influence in the political sphere.
In one stroke with ominous implications, there’s no such thing as Gay justice or mercy for women on the Supreme Court, not even from GLAAD.
The Dome of the Rock refuses to budge on women’s reproductive right. . .
I am going to make a good-faith assumption that Mr. Kelly did not attempt that little exercise before handing down the statement. Had he done so, I find it very difficult to believe that he (or op-ed page Managing Editor, Robert Schlesinger) would still think it fell “within the bounds of fair commentary.”