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Thu Nov 8, 2018, 05:13 AM

Matthew Whitaker's troubling opinion: Judges need a biblical view

Editor's note: This column was originally published on May 4, 2014.

"I'd like to see things like their world view, what informs them. Are they people of faith? Do they have a biblical view of justice?"

ó Matt Whitaker, during Iowa Family Leader debate

If elected to the U.S. Senate, former U.S. Attorney Matt Whitaker says he would only support federal judges who have a Biblical view, and specifically a New Testament view, of justice. "If they have a secular world view, then I'm going to be very concerned about how they judge," Whitaker said at an April 25, 2014, Family Leader debate.

Whitaker didn't return my call to his office, but as a lawyer, one might expect him to know that setting religious conditions for holding a public office would violate the Iowa and U.S. constitutions. He was effectively saying that if elected, he would see no place for a judge of Jewish, Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, agnostic or other faith, or of no faith. Yet no one in the audience or on the podium seemed to have a problem with that, and his answer drew applause.


https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/opinion/columnists/rekha-basu/2018/11/07/matt-whitakers-troubling-opinion-judges-need-biblical-view/1923393002/

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Response to douglas9 (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 09:08 AM

1. Somebody needs to find something dirty in this guy's background. Fast.

I'm confident there's something.

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Response to douglas9 (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 09:25 AM

2. In other words, judges need a view of justice that is based on make believe.

Got it!

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Response to douglas9 (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 02:00 PM

3. So......they have to support polygamy, incest, and slavery?



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Response to Aristus (Reply #3)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 08:42 PM

4. Not to mention rape and genocide.... nt

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Response to douglas9 (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 11:12 PM

5. People like him shouldn't be allowed anywhere near government.

They shouldn't even be allowed on the PTA.

Anywhere, really, where there was any chance of them having a say about anything.

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Response to douglas9 (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2018, 10:38 AM

6. So, he must hold these views

- If your neighbor works on Sunday, kill them
- Itís okay to beat your slave, but donít kill them.
- If a woman isnít a virgin on her wedding night, you should stone her to death.
- Anyone who is gay should be immediately killed
- In war, God approves of killing every man, non-virgin woman, and all children. Keep the virgins as sex slaves for yourself.

Right?

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