“The use of theological experts by Congress or other governmental bodies is not made any more acceptable if representatives of various faiths are invited (current standard lists of invitees: Catholic, Protestant, Jew, Muslim) to avoid the appearance that the government is favoring one religion. This attempt at even-handedness just underscores the futility and pointlessness of the practice. The result is self-proclaimed interpreters of God’s words expressing disagreement about the meaning of God’s words expressing disagreement about the meaning of God’s words. For a representative democracy in the twenty-first century, such an exhibition is disgraceful. It succeeds only in degrading both government and religion.
The worst example of this practice may have been the invitation to testify extended to various theologians by President Bill Clinton’s National Bioethics Advisory Commission when the commission was considering the issue of human cloning. Cloning? the Tanakh, the New Testament, and the Qur’an have absolutely nothing to say about this topic, but that did not prevent the invited scholars from waxing eloquent about God’s views on the issue. All they wound up contributing were dogmatic pronouncements without any support external to their own religious tradition. Oh, and the Catholic God was strongly against cloning while the Jewish God permitted cloning if necessary to preserve a person’s genetic line. Identifying the right policy all depends on which God you listen to.”
–Ron Lindsay, The Necessity of Secularism, pgs 63-64