Amy Coney Barrett’s Extremist Religious Beliefs Merit Examination

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President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court candidate Amy Coney Barrett is a devout Catholic. Obviously, that does not affect their eligibility to join the court. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is a devout Catholic. Judge Sonia Sotomayor is Catholic, as are four Conservatives currently on trial: Chief Justice John Roberts, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Brett Kavanaugh. It is hard to say that Catholics which make up around 23 percent of Americansface discrimination in being appointed to the Supreme Court (although, if elected, Biden would only be the second Catholic President in our history). I grew up Catholic (and still a much derided “cafeteria Catholic”) and grew up sensitive to anti-Catholic prejudice.

The questions about Barrett’s religious beliefs are not that. They come from their long membership in the small, charismatic Christian sect People of Praise in South Bend, India. Although it is open to all Christian denominations, an estimated 90 percent of the 1,800 members are Catholic. the Jesuit magazine America reported this weekand added, “The group also tends to be at least politically conservative,” in a 2018 interview with the South Bend TribuneBarrett’s hometown paper, the group’s current “coordinator” Craig Lent, affirmed that People of Praise is against abortion, gay rights and marriage equality, believing that “men are leaders of their families but that they should be” servants “. “How Jesus Christ was.” Even so, Lent insisted that the group “stay out of politics,” the newspaper reported.

(Barrett and Trump did not mention the religious controversy at their nomination ceremony on Saturday night, but the nominee did speak of her husband, Jesse, as their “partner” rather than their leader.)

Still, many conservatives and even some liberals argue that Barrett’s religious views should be banned. Writing for the Boston public radio site WBURIn an article entitled, “It’s 2020. Stop Talking About Amy Coney Barrett’s” devout “Catholicism.” Eileen McNamara argues“Let’s leave their religion out, shall we?” McNamara blames Democrats for examining Barrett’s religious views in the 2017 hearings for her nomination in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, specifically targeting Senate Justice Democratic leader Dianne Feinstein of California.

Feinstein phrased her questions awkwardly at best – another reason why I wish she had retired in 2018 instead of running again. “You have a long history of believing that your religious beliefs should prevail,” Feinstein told Barrett. “The dogma lives loudly in you.” (I don’t even know what that means; it reminds me The exorcist.)

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