While liberals would rejoice at a Muslim Supreme Court Justice, Anti-Christian bigotry warps their judgment.
While they insist we have nothing to fear from Sharia law, Leftist anti-Christian bigotry will give rise to conspiracy theories to justify disqualifying a potential Supreme Court Justice!
Of course, there is a whole culture developing within the United States that inverts the Bill of Rights and twists it to justify government persecution of Christianity, as we see in “homosexual rights” which include the right to punish people for refusing to affirm your so-called “marriage.”
David French writes in the National Review, “Progressives Deploy Religious Ignorance and Bigotry to Stop Amy Coney Barrett.”
If you ever need much evidence that the growing “God gap” in American politics fosters an immense amount of ignorance and occasionally outright bigotry, look no farther than the concern — the alarm, even — that Amy Coney Barrett is on President Trump’s short list to replace Anthony Kennedy on the United States Supreme Court.
The alarm isn’t about her credentials. She’s checked every box of excellence — law review, appellate-court clerkship, Supreme Court clerkship (with Justice Scalia), elite law-firm experience, law professor at an elite law school, and now experience as a federal judge on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. She’s a young, brilliant woman at the apex of her profession.
So, beyond her obvious originalist judicial philosophy (shared to varying degrees by every person on Trump’s list of potential nominees), what’s the problem with Judge Barrett. Why do some progressives single her out for particular scorn?
It turns out that she’s a faithful Christian who lives a Christian life very similar to the lives of millions upon millions of her fellow American believers.
No, really, that’s the objection.
Of course there was the infamous moment during Judge Barrett’s 2017 confirmation hearing for the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals when Senator Dianne Feinstein imposed an obvious religious test on her nomination. “When you read your speeches,” Feinstein said, “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’s statement was crude and direct. Many progressives I know — including influential Harvard Law School professor Noah Feldman — blanched at the obvious religious targeting. But there’s a different, more subtle attack on Barrett that is already reemerging. Based on a September 28, 2017, New York Times article by Laurie Goodstein, the insinuation is that there’s something not quite right with Barrett’s faith. She’s part of a “small, tightly knit Christian group called People of Praise,” and this group — not her church — is the real problem.
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