Absolutely The Dumbest "Meme"
Looks like some of the more extreme elements of the left side of the blogosphere today have decided to jump on President Bush's admission that he recognized that SCOTUS nominee Harriet "Oleson" Miers is a religious person. Here's what he said:
"People are interested to know why I picked Harriet Miers," Bush told reporters at the White House. "They want to know Harriet Miers' background. They want to know as much as they possibly can before they form opinions."
"Part of Harriet Miers' life is her religion," Bush said during Oval Office comments with visiting Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski. "Part of it has to do with the fact that she was a pioneer woman and a trailblazer in the law in Texas." (The full transcript is here.)
Shocking! Let's read that again: "Part of Harriet Miers' life is her religion." How can a 21st century leader think he can get away with saying such a thing? Well, he can't, if the denizens of the Daily Kos or Democratic Underground have anything to say about it. While the Kosian's description of the President's "outrageous comment" as "extremely troubling" is quite humorous, the best reaction comes from the DUmmies, who found that uttering this sentence was the commission of a high crime and two(!) misdemeanors:
"Misdemeanor No. 1: In using religion as a key basis for offering Miers a job, the president would appear to have violated the spirit, if not the letter, of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. According to the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Title VII of the law "prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin."
"Misdemeanor No. 2: More specifically, one could make the case that Bush's actions are also in violation of the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978, which specifically covers federal employees. According to the same EEOC primer: "The CSRA prohibits any employee who has authority to take certain personnel actions from discriminating for or against employees or applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age or disability.
"High crime: As you might expect, the "high crime" here is more serious, and is also the area where it's hardest to argue that the president did not cross the line. We are referring to Article VI, Clause 3 of the U.S. Constitution, which states that "no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States." (This actually came from the blog "Attytood" -- I can't tell whether or not it was meant to be sarcastic.)
Interestingly, a good rebuttal to the "religious test" idiots comes from another DUer:
"The Civil Rights Acts are NOT criminal acts, they are Civil in Nature and are design to protect people from discrimination. If you want to use the Civil Rights acts you have to show how Miers was HARMED by Bush do to her religion. Obviously she was NOT harmed, she received the nomination."
I'm just glad that my good friend Rob didn't jump on this bandwagon.