The Catholic-majority Supreme Court has no respect for nuns. That's the new media meme about a recent Supreme Court ruling upholding an Indiana voter ID law. That very same law, the media would have us believe, "barred" or "turned away" from voting 12 nuns in South Bend on the Hoosier State's May 6 primary. Of course as a simple read of the Indiana Secretary of State's Web site shows, that's utter nun-sense. but Time's Karen Tumulty has picked up on it twice over at that magazine's Swampland blog.This from a post yesterday informing readers of a news conference to be held today at 1 p.m. EDT:
Surely, our majority-Catholic Supreme Court should have known better than to get on the wrong side of the Sisters. As we wrote earlier, the first victims of the new ruling on Voter ID were elderly nuns in Indiana. This just in, in my emailbox: The nuns of Missouri rap the Supreme Court's knuckles with a great big ruler:Nun of the Franciscan Sisters of Mary comments on Voter ID disenfranchisement WHO: Missourians for Fair ElectionsWHAT: Press Conference on the impact of legislation to require government-issued photo ID to voteWHEN: 1:00 PM, Thursday, May 8, 2008WHERE: League of Women Voters, 8706 Manchester, Jefferson City, MO 63144
Of course, as we noted and as the AP initially reported, these nuns are victims of nothing more than their own refusal to cast provisional ballots. Indeed, Tumulty's May 6 blog post excerpted from an AP story that notes that the nuns could have voted with provisional ballots. But why let the facts get in the way of a liberal media meme? Read our previous NewsBusters coverage of the media's misreporting on the South Bend nuns here and here.