Back then, the Committee for Justice paid for an ad that chastised Democrats for inquiring about Pryor’s religious beliefs and how they influenced his judicial philosophy. The CJ ad asked:
"Don’t they know the Constitution expressly prohibits religious tests for public office?"How times change.
Now many conservative groups have no problem at all with holding nominees to religious tests. Indeed, as Slate.com explained last week, conservatives are working to rally support for Harriet Miers based largely on her “born again” status and the kind of church she attended.
According to Slate.com:
The (New York) Times reported that Monday morning that "the White House and the Republican Party began organizing a series of nearly a half-dozen conference calls with conservative organizers. .... In one call, friends of Ms. Miers, including Justice Nathan Hecht of the Texas Supreme Court, testified to her evangelical Christian faith and devoted participation in the theologically conservative Valley View Christian Church in Dallas” …. Hecht told the Los Angeles Times, “Harriet goes to a church that is pro-life … She gives them a lot of money ...”Clearly, conservatives are willing to promote a judicial nominee on the basis of his or her religion. It's only when Democrats refer to a nominee's religion that conservatives get pissed off.
… according to the Detroit Free Press, Sean Rushton, executive director of the Committee for Justice, said supporters are spreading "the story of Harriet Miers becoming a Christian" — a story "linked to her growing political conservatism."