It apppears that the L.A. Times has put together an informative blog. The general discussion on their blog is incredibly lame, but they have a running series of daily round-ups of opinions from newspapers and bloggers.
Jonathan Turley wrote an editorial, The Faith of John Roberts highlighting and questioning Roberts’ statement that he would have to recuse himself if a case came up that violated the teachings of the Catholic Church:
Renowned for his unflappable style in oral argument, Roberts appeared nonplused and, according to sources in the meeting, answered after a long pause that he would probably have to recuse himself.
It was the first unscripted answer in the most carefully scripted nomination in history. It was also the wrong answer. In taking office, a justice takes an oath to uphold the Constitution and the laws of the United States. A judge’s personal religious views should have no role in the interpretation of the laws. (To his credit, Roberts did not say that his faith would control in such a case).
I’ve got a real problem having four Catholics on the Supreme Court. I hope Democratic Senators have the moral courage to raise this question, but I doubt it.