“I don’t think I know a single judge who has allowed religion to interfere with their jobs. I think if you start the day on your knees, you approach your job differently from when you start thinking that someone anointed you to impose your will on others.” — Justice Clarence Thomas
I once wrote a story featuring a monarchy in the far future. In it, the main character spoke at length about the vital nature of religion in such a society. Without faith, the king answers to no one in life or death. There is no law above him, no judgment.
In our society, the Supreme Court is the closest to a monarch. They have life terms, wear vestments, and are beyond repeal. For crying out loud, they have a Court. Without some controlling virtue, some overpowering drive and focus, it can become the perfect opportunity to make the world right, fix everything you want, and be China for a day, in Tom Friedman’s phrase.
After all, it’s good to be the king.
Someone, like Clarence Thomas, who expects to face a Judge after death, is more likely to realize that they are being held to a standard outside of mere political opinion. It gives a more humble judicial perspective — maybe you are not the anointed judicial messiah, maybe those old men who wrote the constitution are worth listening to.
Perhaps that is part of why the Left hates confirming Christians and constitutionalists — the tendency to follow a fixed document and not view themselves as anointed is awfully inconvenient to the Left.Published in