Senate Democrats seem to have no qualms as to what they will use as a litmus test for a United States Judge. Senators. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) decided to go into the religious test for their latest gambit. To their discredit, they took a decided anti-Catholic approach to Amy Coney Barrett, the President’s nominee to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. Can they really afford to alienate this voter bloc?
As Written By Matt Vespa for Townhall:
It’s a judicial nomination, albeit not a Supreme Court one. It’s one of many committee hearings, so I could see how this could have been cast on the backburner. Yet, it doesn’t make it any less odious in nature. Last week, Cortney wrote about how Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) decided to take a page from history, channeling their inner Know-Nothing by questioning Amy Coney Barrett’s religion, apparently a bit freaked out that a Catholic was in their presence. Barrett is Trump’s nominee for the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals nominee. Cortney noted some of the statements made by the two senators, namely Feinstein saying “the dogma lives loudly within you,” and Durbin’s question about whether Barrett is an “orthodox Catholic” (via Law Newz):
Sen. Dianne Feinstein brought up the article, titled “Catholic Judges in Capital Cases,” and told Barrett, “the dogma lives loudly within you.” Sen. Mazie Hirono said, “I think your article is very plain in your perspective about the role of religion for judges, and particularly with regard to Catholic judges.”
The article, which Barrett co-wrote nearly 20 years ago, deals with one particular subject, the death penalty. It expressly states early on thata number of religions are against it, but that the focus in the article would be on Catholicism because the authors happen to be Catholic. Barrett clarified during the hearing that the choice of writing from the perspective of Catholics had already been made by the professor she was working with. The article discusses how judges with such religious beliefs should address death penalty cases, and how they can recuse themselves if the law goes against their personal beliefs.
The article states, “Judges cannot-nor should they try to-align our legal system with the Church’s moral teaching whenever the two diverge.” Yet somehow, Barrett was treated as if she wants to turn the United States into….
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