Senate Democrats attack Trump judicial nominee’s Catholic faith
Senate Democrats came dangerously close to crossing a constitutional line regarding religious faith during an inquisition of one of President Trump’s nominees for the federal court.
Senators grilled federal judicial nominee Amy Barrett — demanding to know how her faith would influence her decisions from the bench. Barrett is a professor at Notre Dame Law School and a devout Catholic.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., expressed grave concerns that Barrett is a Catholic in good standing.
“When you read your speeches, the conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you, and that’s of concern when you come to big issues that large numbers of people have fought for, for years in this country,” Feinstein said.
It was an “Are you now or have you ever been a Catholic” moment – and it was completely disgraceful. I warned you about this kind of religious waterboarding in my book, “The Deplorables’ Guide to Making America Great Again.”
Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., interrogated Barrett over her use of the term “orthodox Catholics” – in reference to an article she wrote on capital punishment.
“Do you consider yourself an orthodox Catholic?” Durbin asked
“If you’re asking whether I take my faith seriously and I’m a faithful Catholic, I am,” she told the senator. “Although I would stress that my personal church affiliation or my religious belief would not bear on the discharge of my duties as a judge.”
Durbin, who is a Catholic, told Daily Caller News Foundation that his questions regarding Barrett’s religious beliefs were justified.
“I prefaced my remarks by saying that going into a person’s religion is not the right thing to do in every circumstance,” he said. “But she’s been outspoken. As a law school professor at Notre Dame she has taken on the tough challenge of how a person with strong religious beliefs becomes a judge and looks at American law.”
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