Many of us are proud to know that Prime Minister Scott Morrison is a committed Christian. But some would argue his authority could blur the line between Church and state. This debate arises whenever people of faith attain positions of power. US President Donald Trump’s nomination of conservative intellectual Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court is just the latest example.
20Twenty’s Neil Johnson asked regular guest Bill Muehlenberg to tackle the question. As a proud Catholic, can Amy Coney Barrett be objective as one of nine justices in the highest court in the country?
Muehlenberg responded with a few simple questions. “Does that mean a policeman, if he happens to be a Christian, cannot properly do his duties? Can a football umpire not do his duties properly if he is a Christian? Can a judge in a lower court not do his duties? Can you make a pizza and do a good job and be a Christian?”
The majority of the population, both here and in the US, are still Christians. Muehlenberg asked whether most people should therefore be barred from positions where they can make decisions. He also pointed out that anyone, religious or not, can bring their worldview to their work. “So even if you’re a secular humanist, which by the way the US supreme court did call a religion, you’ve got your own biases as well.”
“You want to do your best as a judge, and others in important places, to not unduly let your particular belief system colour decisions you make. But no one can be fully neutral, fully objective, in anything they do. So this is just another secular left attack, in this case on a conservative Christian Justice.”