Did you see the circus on Sunday? Better known as Justice Sunday, organized by Christian conservative groups in an attempt to overturn 200 year old rules regarding filibustering.
In my opinion, Senator Bill Frist (R-Tenn) is unhappy with not being able to bully others to get his own way by getting his favorite judiciary nominees without any obstacles, therefore wants to change the rules. The filibuster is the lone tool to prevent any nominee from getting approval (and has been in place for over two centuries), but since Frist does not like the idea of someone preventing him from getting his way, we get impromptu rule changing attempts.
Not much different than a spoiled brat. He needed some quick backing on this issues so why not get the growing Christian conservative portion of America that elected George W. Bush to help? Quite a clever strategy if you ask me. If you rally Christians around a cause, then by way of the transitive property, the cause officially becomes holy and anyone opposed to it worships Satan.
In a nation becoming even more polarized between Red and Blue states, do you really think picking a holy war is a good idea? I respect those that have religion in their lives, but I abhor those that leverage their religion into government affairs like Billy is doing here. Separation of church and state is big on my list. However, most religions provide a very positive social ideology, which on the surface could assist in government relations.
Despite religion's ability to assist, I believe that inclusion into government affairs creates a slippery slope. Exclusion of nonreligious or those of different religions comes to mind. Not to mention blanket inclusion of all concepts of the "accepted" religion. Christianity has a lot of great things going for it, but why would people need to reject all other philosophies in order to accept Christianity? Demonizing the "other" religions polarizes and creates a congregation of xenophobes. Not exactly the mentality I want in our great big ol' Melting Pot.