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by Causes | 11.9.18
The new acting attorney general once said that judges should be Christian, and proposed blocking non-religious people from judicial appointments.
Matthew Whitaker, whom President Donald Trump named acting attorney general on Wednesday after firing Jeff Sessions, said judges needed a “biblical view of justice” and questioned the judgment of secular lawyers.
People For the American Way, a liberal campaign group, saved video clips of Whitaker’s remarks, which he made at a conservative forum in April 2014. In responding to a question asking how he’d justify blocking judicial nominees, Whitaker said:
“I’d like to see things like their world view. What informs them? How have they lived their life? Are they people of faith? Do they have a biblical view of justice? Which I think is very important…
“What I know is that as long as they have that worldview, that they’ll be a good judge. And if they have a secular worldview, that ‘this is all we have here on Earth,’ then I’m going to be very concerned about how they judge.”
When asked whether he required a “Levitical or New Testament” view of justice, Whitaker specified the New Testament.
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