The Biblical Activist: An Interview with Wendy Wright

How do you feel about his nomination of Sonia Sotomayor for Supreme Court justice?

She has a mixed record [on abortion]. Her statements and the vetting process show that she holds a view that the Constitution is a living document, which mean that judges have free reign to come up with their own Constitution, to manipulate the Constitution to fit their own views. And that is the basis of Roe v. Wade and its progeny with this legal notion that judges can make up law from the bench, which is a violation of the Constitution. That is not the role of judges. So, of course, we're quite concerned about her nomination to the Supreme Court. Especially when you look at the oath that each Supreme Court justice has to take. That oath states clearly that they are to uphold the Constitution. Yet someone who believes in this concept of a living Constitution in all honesty could not take that oath.

What is your opinion about the role faith in public life in general?

The Founding Fathers were very outspoken in their own beliefs. There's been an effort to revise history and to strip our Founding Fathers of their religious beliefs. They believed that our American system, the one that they created, could not survive without a robust public faith. So moral and religious people have a responsibility to be involved in our political system if they care about the survival of our country.

8/6/2009 4:00:00 AM
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