April 21, 2009
Justice Clarence Thomas: 'There are some cases that will drive you to your knees'
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was asked how his religious faith influenced his work on the court during a dinner honoring winners of a high school essay contest.
"I think that it really gives content to the oath that you took," Justice Thomas said. "You say, ?So help me God.' "
"There are some cases that will drive you to your knees," he added. "In those moments you ask for strength and wisdom to have the right answer and the courage to stand up for it. Beyond that, it would be illegitimate, I think, and a violation of my oath to incorporate my religious beliefs into the decision-making process."
(h/t Howard M. Friedman)