DRAWING CONCLUSIONS….I try to limit my consumption of Fox News programming to reading transcripts–and only then on a very infrequent basis. But even in fairly harmless written form, Bill O’Reilly’s rant on Wednesday about “anti-Christian bias” managed to raise my blood pressure to dangerous levels. According to O’Reilly, liberals who assume that Harriet Miers is pro-life simply because she’s an evangelical Christian are guilty of “demonizing” and of “espousing an anti-Christian bias.”

So let me get this straight. It was okay when, after conservatives started freaking out that maybe Miers wasn’t “right” on abortion, others ran around yelling, “Don’t worry…she’s a born-again Christian and you know what that means [wink, wink],” implying that of course Miers is pro-life. But if liberals draw the exact same conclusion from that same piece of information about her, they’re being anti-Christian?

Is there some missing shame chromosome that O’Reilly and his cronies share?

Conservative evangelicals are also guilty of conveniently faulty memories when they insist that Miers would be the first evangelical in 70 years to serve on the Court. The truth is, you’d have to go all the way back to…oh, Clarence Thomas to find a Supreme Court nominee who was a member of a conservative evangelical church. I provide more details in this piece on Salon.

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Amy Sullivan is a Chicago-based journalist who has written about religion, politics, and culture as a senior editor for Time, National Journal, and Yahoo. She was an editor at the Washington Monthly from 2004 to 2006.