Re: Elana Kagan’s nomination to the Supreme Court.
Both Kathleen Parker and Patrick O’Callahan weigh in on Kagan’s “lack of diversity” (columns, 5-12). Parker notes that if Kagan is confirmed, all three women on the court would be New Yorkers (urban, sophisticated, Ivy League). O’Callahan writes that there would be no Protestant justices.
The Supremes were, until quite recently, white Protestants with a “designated” Jewish justice. No women or minorities need apply. But hasn’t the most recent hue and cry been for the “best” justice, diversity be damned? Especially from the right? It is a bit disingenuous to now complain of the lack of diversity.
Parker’s concern for too many New Yorkers is just silly. Geographic diversity is important?
O’Callahan’s concern for the evangelical/mainstream Christian no longer finding a place at the table is likewise misplaced. While he cites studies that show evangelicals are not well received in academia, this is almost certainly not about evangelicals per se, but only that subgroup who base their beliefs only on faith, as they know it, and not on law, science, logic nor with any respect for the real diversity in the country.
Justice requires faithfulness to the law and to the Constitution. Notions of justice based on “faith” are no more legitimate than those based on “empathy.” Only when we have an atheist, Moslem or Buddhist justice, and no designated “seats” for evangelicals, Jews or anyone, will we be able to experience real diversity. And real justice.