I don't want a new Supreme Court judge who speaks anything other than their own sincere beliefs. Yet with her recent defense of her membership in the Belizian Grove, Sonia Sotomayor has shown herself as intellectually dishonest.
"The Belizian Grove is a constellation of influential women” is how their mission statement begins. There is no clear way to apply for membership on their Web site, but member Mary Pearl was recently quoted as stating that “The way you become a member is people recommend friends.” So clearly it is a club of women, for women, who are only going to invite other women.
But now that membership in a club that discriminates based on sex is holding back her nomination, how does Sotomayor defend herself? By demanding that this rule be equally held up for men? By withdrawing her membership gracefully? No! By lying, and acting as though men could join, if only they would apply! B.S.! Either she's a liar or she's ignorant, neither of which are acceptable traits for a Supreme Court judge speaking up about a legal issue.
I would have been very happy to see a nonwhite female on court, for diversity brings perspective. And honestly, I'm not invidious about her being a member (I wouldn't resent not being offered membership due to my sex; this is the real legal issue at stake). But her defense of her membership is simply idiotic, and I don't want a superiorly wise Latina woman who is truly a moron to take that important seat.
— Rob Close