When I returned to blogging a few months after my ordination I vowed to stay away from politics, rather wanting to focus this blog on church, theology, and other matters. Yet in the past few days I have found myself consumed with the situation surrounding Judge Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the Supreme Court, both on this blog and on Facebook. As Scott asked on an earlier blogpost, "Chris – thought you were done with politics?" Yes and no.
Many people speak of being "Spiritual but not religious." Perhaps some of my posts on this blog could be considered "Political but not partisan."
That is, I have given up blatantly partisan writing … in fact, I have deleted most of my partisan Vote-for-Bob type older posts, and you will not see such posts in the future. I no longer write on this blog in direct advocacy for politicians or their parties. However, there are other issues that are "political" in nature that call my attention and on which I do and will continue to employ a few pixels here.
One such issue is the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor … actually, I'm less interested in her particular nomination than I am concerned by the tone of the discussion that has surrounded it. Both because of some things she has said in the past, and also because of her historic nomination as the first Latina named to the Supreme Court, issues of race, ethnicity, culture, and identity have returned to the national discussion, and to me these are issues of central importance to our nation and its understanding of justice … and are issues to which our Christian faith speaks. So in my blogpost about Sotomayor's comments (and in my Facebook postings) I have tried to go deeper into the issue … reading and reflecting on her whole speech (rather than responding to one line taken out of context), and thinking about what it means to be a multicultural nation dedicated to justice for all.
(FYI, four years ago I wrote about the nomination of then-Judge John Roberts to the Supreme Court, and the concerns about his religious faith that surfaced at that time – Our Discomfort with Faith. Then, as with the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor now, I have tried to look at some of the issues that the nomination brings to the national scene, not necessarily the nomination itself. By the way, I was generally supportive of the Roberts nomination, as I am of the Sotomayor nomation.)
I know that there are general partisan camps into which many of my perspectives fall, and that many reading this blog will disagree with my perspectives on these "political but not partisan" issues. That's fine. There is nothing wrong with having different perspectives and ideas on these matters. Please leave a comment, and we can have a good conversation. But my goal is not partisan advocacy … rather, it is to offer reflections on important issues in what I hope is a strong yet thoughtful and honest manner.
Peace to you.