We all know that the Constitution states that “no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.”
But if Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth had his way, there certainly would be a sexual orientation test:
The president of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH) addresses whether a candidate for public office, including the Supreme Court, should declare their sexual preference or leanings.
LaBarbera has raised the question because of hints in the press that some of the possible picks for a Supreme Court vacancy are either homosexual or heavily favor special rights for homosexuals.
“I think it’s time that the public be informed if a politician or a high court nominee has a special interest in homosexuality — that is, they are practicing homosexuality or maybe they once practiced homosexuality,” the AFTAH president contends. “I think the public has a right to know.”
He explains that this information is important because the judges’ decisions will impact all of society, not just one segment of it.
“They will affect Christians and people of faith who oppose homosexuality,” he notes, pointing out that “we came within one vote on the Supreme Court of the Boy Scouts losing their freedom not to hire openly homosexual and atheist Scout masters.”
LaBarbera is not only demanding that gay nominees openly “declare their sexual preference” so that he can oppose them because of it, but he also says any “heterosexual liberal” who holds “pro-homosexual” views must confess to that as well.
It was just a few weeks ago that Focus on the Family backed away from its previous stance that a nominee’s sexual orientation would not matter under pressure from LaBarbera. So perhaps next, Focus will adopt LaBarbera’s “every SCOTUS nominee must declare their homosexuality” test.