Monday, July 13, 2009

Fun Fact

If Sotomayor is confirmed (as she most likely will be with a filibuster-proof Democratic majority), there will be 6 Catholics on the Supreme Court, although the White House acknowledges that Sotomayor is not a practicing Catholic. Catholics represent 24% of the US's population, but their growth outstrips the other religions due to the growth of the Hispanic populations (of which I am a member).

The other Catholics are Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Thomas, Scalia, Kennedy, and Alito. (Those are also the 4 and swingvote identified with the Conservative side of the court).

Ginsburg and Breyer are Jewish (again far-outstipping their size in the US population only 2%) and Stevens and Souter (who is being replaced by Sotomayor (most likely)) are Protestant (51% of the US Population).

There have been 11 total Catholics on the US Supreme Court in its history (out of 110) counting Thomas who converted while serving on the court. The first was Chief Justice Taney appointed in 1836 by Andrew Jackson. Taney most famously wrote the majority opinion in the Dred Scott case upholding the legality of slavery. For a little more background:

Hat tip to Yahoo News:

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