Americans United Criticizes Bush’s Endorsement of Miers’ Religious Beliefs

October 12, 2005

Source: Americans United for Separation of Church and State

On October 12, 2005 Americans United for Separation of Church and State reported, "The Bush administration’s efforts to promote Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers by highlighting her evangelical Christianity is an appalling and hypocritical use of religion, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State... In remarks at the White House today, President George W. Bush defended his staffers’ references to Miers’ faith. 'People are interested to know why I picked Harriet Miers,' he said. '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'... The White House is apparently highlighting Miers’ church-going to [a number of] prominent religious conservatives. TV preacher Pat Robertson, breaking with other conservatives who have expressed concern over Miers’ scant track record, has repeatedly praised Miers on his '700 Club' program... In a radio address taped Tuesday, Focus on the Family founder James C. Dobson recounted a conversation he had with White House strategist Karl Rove, during which Rove told Dobson of Miers’ strong religious views... Americans United... accused the White House and the Religious Right of hypocrisy."