Wednesday, February 11

CapTimes Seeks Religious Litmus of Koshnick

I was genuinely shocked by the tone that this CapTimes story had of Koschnick. It treated memebership in an evangelical church and those associated with it as only defined by their political views and how those whould in some way prejudice an impartial decision on the bench.

He serves as an elder with the evangelical Crosspoint Community Church in Oconomowoc, and as such helps oversee the spiritual ministry of the church, which opposes abortion and gay rights, and disavows notions of evolution.

Koschnick also has been active with the Promise Keepers, a Christian conservative men's group that urges men to take control of their households and uphold biblical notions of patriarchy.

Some insight into the group's social agenda can be gleaned from the late Rev. Jerry Falwell, the founder of the Moral Majority, who once told Promise Keepers at a rally at his Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va.: "America's anti-biblical feminist movement is at last dying, thank God, and is possibly being replaced by a Christ-centered men's movement."

And then there is this quote the conveniently found from a former Supreme Court Justice:

But in the case of a Supreme Court candidate, Geske said, "I think when you're affiliated with some organization or some church that takes views on issues that may come before the court, it's legitimate to ask 'Are you going to be able to set aside those views and look at this case and decide it whichever way the law calls for, regardless of whether it's consistent or inconsistent with the church?'"

In case you didn't know, churches are not political organs. Koschnick should be praised for his emphasis on the issues and legitimate concerns facing the race. The CapTimes only tried to bait him into saying something that would imply his pastor and church would be vetoing decision on the bench. This is not helpful to understand the proper and correct role religious belief should have on our public officials lives. Shame on the CapTimes.

1 Comment:

yoSAMite said...

I thought the same thing. Was wondering if these same questions were ask of Shirley Abrahamson.