One of the most prevalent disagreements between the political Left and Right is the role of religion in public life. Democrats favor limiting even mentions or suggestions of Christianity.
This is a debate currently playing out in the Senate. As seen on Twitter, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), criticized appeals court nominee Amy Barrett for her Christian faith, saying “the dogma lives loudly within you.”
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Filling federal judicial vacancies is one of the most significant, albeit less publicized, aspects of the president’s constitutional responsibility. Federal judges, who serve lifetime appointments, have a long-lasting influence on public policy.
Because federal judges have the power to strike down policy they deem unconstitutional or illegal, they undergo intense scrutiny from the Senate.
Left-leaning lawmakers tend to view Christianity with an eye of suspicion, believing allegiance to the state should trump personal allegiance to God. Accordingly, Senator Feinstein intensely grilled Barrett for her past remarks and activities.
As noted by the Washington Free Beacon, Feinstein said, “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.”
According to the Daily Caller, Feinstein’s remarks allude to a 1998 law review authored by Barrett, wherein she stated that judges should recuse themselves from cases where their faiths clashed with others in the courtroom.
Ironically, the review with which Feinstein took issue specifically referred to judges who objected to the death penalty on religious grounds. Most Democrats are staunchly against capital punishment. But, as the Los Angeles Times reports, Feinstein has taken a position that runs contrary to the majority of her party.
Barrett, a Roman Catholic and Notre Dame Law School Professor, has found her judicial nomination heavily opposed by activist left-wing groups. Among them is Alliance for Justice (AFJ), which accuses Barrett of putting religious beliefs before obeisance to the law. In light of the present hearing, AFJ put out a strong statement, condemning Barrett:
“Stunningly, Barrett has asserted that judges should not follow the law or the Constitution when it conflicts with their personal religious beliefs.” But a close look at Barrett’s own past writing suggests the opposite. The Notre Dame law professor has stated: “It is never appropriate for a judge to apply their personal convictions, whether it derives from faith or personal conviction.”
But Feinstein was not the only Senator to take issue with Trump’s appeals court nominee. Mazie Hirono (D-HI), and Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), echoed the long-time California senator’s concerns with questioning of their own.
According to the Notre Dame website, Barrett clerked on the US Court of Appeals and also for Justice Antonin Scalia. She has also litigated constitutional, criminal, and commercial cases in trial and appellate courts.
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As Washington Times reports, Bernie Sanders similarly questioned Russell Vought, a Christian nominated to be to be deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget, during Senate confirmation hearings last month. Sanders said, “I would simply say, Mr. Chairman, that this nominee is really not someone who is what this country is supposed to be about.”
It’s quite clear that Democrats are continuing their efforts to expunge faith — especially Christianity — from the American lexicon.