Originally posted by JS357
You find that shocking?
Elena Kagan is Jewish, as are Justices Stephen Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. All of the other justices—Chief Justice John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Anthony Kennedy, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, and Sonia Sotomayor—are Catholic. How did this situation come about in a historically Protestant-dominated country? And should evangelica ...[text shortened]... le/female mix is out of balance. There should be 4 of each and one hermaphrodite "swing" vote.
Yes, the geographical breakdown, as well as the gender, religious, and national origins are meaningless. What has been critical is the ideological bent, and particularly so for the conservatives.
The Justices appointed by Democrats are almost always dependable, however, not so much with Republican appointees. Roberts is just the latest to surprise court watchers. O'Connor, Kennedy were always "swing" votes.
Listening to the commentary on the Prop 8, and DOMA cases, I speculate that both will go in favor of gay marriage, but wonder which conservative will break ranks. Right now I'm looking at Alito based on oral arguments. Sotomayor asked some unexpected questions, but I doubt she will break ranks.
Perhaps the great difficulty of Republican Presidents getting their appointees past the Senate since Robert Bork, leads them to choose more pliable justices. I really thought that both McCain/Feingold and Obama care had to be reversed by a conservative majority, but it didn't happen in either case.
I had never thought about the religious makeup of the court, and 6 Catholics and two Jews is strange in a predominantly protestant or secular county. Ginsberg is of course retired. What is Stephen's professed religion?