Atheist on the Supreme Court?
How about someone of Native American background on the Supreme Court? ... Very few Native Americans in the Supreme Court's history. Does anyone know of any? FCNL doesn't seem to focus on Native Americans on the Supreme Court ... only on these other issues: fcnl.org/nativeam Why is there so little mention of this in the media?
Here are some Navajo Supreme Court justices:
Why no discussion of this for the U.S. Supreme Court?
Identity and societal processes have deep roots.
How might nontheist Friends, with Friends Committee on National Legislation, for example, help get a Native American Supreme Court justice on the Supreme Court bench, as a justice?
In the United States, identity diversity on the US Supreme Court is both very important for fairness, but it also affects questions of justice in far reaching ways, if you read history. I only wish the many Supreme Courts in the U.S., like the Navajo Supreme court, were more equal. There are 150-170 Native American languages in the US, and never a Supreme Court Justice with any of these native backgrounds. It's been a long! trail of tears and suffering for native peoples in the US, oft forgotten, but not by Native Americans. Fortunately, we have a variety of Supreme Courts. Now in a globalized world, with around 220 nation states and a limited United Nations, perhaps nation state sovereignty questions are being rewritten a lot, legally especially, due to the internet and a connected world (e.g. a $40 billion loan for Greece in a European Union which hasn't yet received Turkey), but in a very haphazard fashion. How we conceptualize justice and diversity is the first step, and, while I share J's interest in having another liberal on the court, I would prefer someone who is not any of the present, multiple identities on the court. The U.S. is very diverse, and sophisticated 'representation' on the U.S. Supreme Court is key to the fabric of U.S. society. I think we're hearing too many calls of more of the same, and may well get more of the same, with Obama, especially, who seems somewhat conservative to me, if you read the second chapter of his second book on the Supreme Court, for example. Supporting Friends Committee on National Legislation's Native American programs is one constructive step to responding to what seems likely to be more of the same.
With friendly greetings,
(http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2010/04/klamath-basin-atheist-on-supreme-court.html - April 16, 2010)