Last I'd heard, the New York Times online had gone paid subscription only, but I was able to access this piece with a BugMeNot password. It's a surprisingly positive article on John Roberts. [Hat Tip: Orin Kerr]
Along the way, it lists a really strange critique of Roberts from one of the liberal special interests groups. Roberts, when he was working for the office of the Solicitor General under the first President Bush, was assigned the task of writing some arguments for the administration's (entirely reasonable, in my opinion) view that religious expressions can play a role in public life, including government activities, as long as they aren't setting up a state religion or coercing religious activities. The Supreme Court at the time voted 5-4 against the government's case, which means the strongest minority possible agreed with the case Roberts was arguing. The article says the following:
Barry W. Lynn, the executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, said Wednesday that Judge Roberts's participation in the case makes him "unsuited for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court." He said that if confirmed to the court, Judge Roberts would "open the door to majority rule on religious matters."