Does Elena Kagan’s Nomination Mean The End Of Wasp Power?

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For the first time in history: a US Supreme Court without a white, anglo-saxon protestant member. That’s what Elena Kagan’s confirmation would mean. Today: does religion matter? Is the court’s new makeup a political accident—or a historic moment?

Article VI of the Constitution says, “no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust.” But for 100 years, only white anglo-saxon males were chosen for the US Supreme Court. As the country became more diverse, there was a “Catholic seat,” then a “Jewish seat.” Now, if Elena Kagan is confirmed it’ll be all Jews and Catholics - no WASPs at all. Dr. Diana Butler Bass’s most recent book is, “A People’s History of Religion.” She recently wrote, “Elena Kagan and a Lament for American Protestantism” on Beliefnet.com

Credits

Guests:
Diana Butler Bass - Independant Commentator, John Farina - Professor of Religious Studies, George Mason University, Jonathan Kirsh - Attorney, Matthew Staver - Dean and Professor of Law, Liberty University, Lucas Powe - Professor of Law and Government

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Frances Anderton, Julia Flucht, Katie Cooper, Christian Bordal