May 25, 2007
So, the Democrats in Congress claim they support people of faith, while preventing a vote two weeks ago on an amendment to the Head Start bill that would have changed the law to allow faith-based groups who get Head Start funds to hire according to their beliefs.... (should a religious organization be required to hire a person from another religion, or none at all?). Democrats made much of their support for faith-based groups while effectively cutting out those that hire based on their religious beliefs.
But yesterday during a House Judiciary hearing, Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) went after Monica Goodlings Christian affiliation, since she attended law school at a Regent University.
If Monica Goodling did something unethical or illegal, she should be held to account for doing something unethical or illegal, not for having attended a Christian law school. I wonder if Rep. Cohen would have asked about Monicas religious affiliation if she had attended a Jewish law school. I dont know, but his constituents may want to ask him.
This is part of the exchange according to transcripts:
COHEN: The mission of the law school you attended, Regent, is to bring to bear upon legal education and the legal profession the will of almighty God, our creator. What is the will of almighty God, our creator, on the legal profession?
GOODLING: I'm not sure that I could define that question for you.
Click here and fast forward to 2:43 minutes to view the exchange between Rep. Cohen and Ms. Goodling (with WPost reporter Dana Milbank giving commentary):
To read about more about Goodlings testimony, and the exchange with Rep. Cohen read Byron Yorks article here.