Maybe I haven't paid close enough attention, but I haven't noticed Sen. Hillary Clinton demanding that Judge Pryor denounce the doctrine of Immaculate Conception. Nor have I seen Sen. Robert Byrd mock Transubstantiation while demanding that Judge Pryor admit that Roman Catholic Communion is only symbolic.
These issues, and matters such as the Rosary have not come up because Judge Pryor's religious faith is not at issue. The underlying issue is of course, Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision striking down state abortion laws. For what it is worth, I think it is (one of many) an outrageous usurpations of power by the Court without any basis in the U.S. Constitution.
They are planning to abolish filibusters with regard to judicial nominations if they can get the votes to do so. I am a lot less disturbed by this prospect after giving the matter some thought. The Constitution simply says that, "Each House may determine the Rules of its Proceedings . . ." In addition this article makes an excellent point:
The Senate rules that create the filibuster also do not allow the Senate to change the filibuster rules unless 67 senators agree. However, these rules should not bind the Senate any more than a statute that says that it cannot be repealed until 67 percent of the Senate votes to repeal the statute. An earlier Senate cannot bind a present Senate on this issue.
Still, it is a radical step, and I think I would vote against it if I were a senator. I would have more sympathy for the Republican position on the issue if they weren't indulging in the sort of victimology that they denounce when it is used by liberals and Democrats. The honest argument for the so-called "nuclear option" is that the Republicans have the power to do it. In the end, that is the only thing that matters.
UPDATE: Richard Cohen assesses the performance of Senator of Faith, Bill Frist:
The invocation of the phrase "people of" is no different when preceding "faith" than it is when preceding "color." It's a bold signal of mushy thinking, a corralling of people who have nothing in common other than a perceived -- and often fictionalized -- enemy. "People of faith" mischaracterizes what the political debate is all about. What Senate Democrats lack is not faith but 50 votes. Frist knows this, of course, but his mad pursuit of the presidency requires him to prove to the Christian right, the core of the Republican Party, that its cause comes before his principles.
He did this with Terri Schiavo, going so far as to use his medical bona fides (he's a heart surgeon) to view a neurologist's videotape of the poor woman and pronounce her somewhat alert. Now he is lending his name and his fast-diminishing prestige to this reprehensible effort to enlist faith on the side of a single political issue. This sort of stuff will not, as he hopes, make him the next president of the United States. Instead, it shows what raw ambition has made him: a person of pander.