With the looming U.S. Supreme Court nomination to replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Democrats are preparing to launch another vicious attack against whoever President Donald Trump nominates. “If you thought the Kavanaugh hearing was contentious, this would probably be that on steroids,” said Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas).
Last Saturday, President Trump promised to nominate a woman to replace RBG. At the top of his list are two successful Catholic women, Amy Coney Barret and Barbara Lagoa. Barret is a mother of seven children, two of whom she and her husband adopted from Haiti. Lagoa is the daughter of Cuban parents who fled Castro’s dictatorship and moved to Miami.
Since gang rape accusations are out of the question for these two women, many are predicting anti-Catholicism will be Democrat’s main strike plan.
Barrett faced similar discrimination for her faith when she was appointed a judge on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in 2017. In her confirmation hearing, the judge faced hostile questions about how her Catholic faith might influence her decisions in cases involving abortion and same-sex marriage.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), ranking member of the committee, told Barrett directly that her Catholic beliefs were concerning, as they might influence her judicial decisions on abortion.
“Why is it that so many of us on this side have this very uncomfortable feeling that dogma and law are two different things, and I think whatever a religion is, it has its own dogma. The law is totally different,” Feinstein said.
— Jason Calvi (@JasonCalvi) September 6, 2017
“And I think in your case, professor, when you read your speeches, the conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you. And that’s of concern,” Feinstein said.
Yesterday, Washington Post writer, Ron Charles, posted on Twitter, “Amy Coney Barrett, the judge at the top of Trump’s list to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg, has said we should always remember that a ‘legal career is but a means to an end … and that end is building the Kingdom of God.’”
National Review writer Alexandra DeSantis picked up on the left-wing writer’s indictment of Barett who dares to answer firstly to God, not government, writing, “Time to steel ourselves for an overwhelming amount of anti-Catholic ignorance and bigotry.”
Time to steel ourselves for an overwhelming amount of anti-Catholic ignorance and bigotry https://t.co/FrecOY1ujy
— Alexandra DeSanctis (@xan_desanctis) September 21, 2020
Catholic actress and comedian, Patricia Helen Heaton, wasted no words in a Monday morning Tweet with similar predictions.
“Friends, be prepared for social media to be filled with an onslaught of arrogant pronouncements based on breathtaking ignorance of religion in general, Christianity specifically and Catholicism in particularly (sic) by people who wouldn’t recognize God if He bit them on the bum.”
Friends, be prepared for social media to be filled with an onslaught of arrogant pronouncements based on breathtaking ignorance of religion in general, Christianity specifically and Catholicism in particularly by people who wouldn’t recognize God if He bit them on the bum.
— Patricia Heaton (@PatriciaHeaton) September 21, 2020
Clearly, Democrats are not above painting Catholics as authoritarian theocrats who don’t deserve to serve on the court because of their values. Democrat Vice Presidential candidate, Kamala Harris, and other Senate Democrats also demonstrated shocking anti-Catholic bigotry during the confirmation hearings of Judge Brian Buescher in January.
Democrats used Buescher’s membership in the Catholic fraternal service order, The Knights of Columbus, as a reason he was unqualified to be a federal judge, since the group is aligned with the Catholic Church’s values and beliefs.
Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Harris questioned whether Buescher’s Knights of Columbus membership would prevent him from being an objective and good judge. Hirono asked if he would be willing to leave the Knights of Columbus should he become a federal judge, in order to distance himself from their “extreme positions.” Those “extreme positions” are the same that guide the Catholic Church, in which more than 1 in 5 Americans are members.
Harris asked, “Were you aware that the Knights of Columbus opposed a woman’s right to choose when you joined the organization?” insinuating that the group’s pro-life values would prevent Buescher from being an effective judge. She also expressed distaste for the group’s disagreement with same-sex marriage, another belief of the Catholic Church.
The First Amendment states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” That hasn’t stopped Democrats from using someone’s faith to try and disqualify them from the court in the past, and won’t stop them now, especially when the stakes are so high for the presidential election and the balance of the Supreme Court.