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The Democrats’ Tactical Retreat On Anti-Catholic Bigotry

The Amy Coney Barrett confirmation has, so far, been a victory for conservatives on one

important front: After we pounded them for their previous expressions of religious bigotry against Amy Coney Barrett and Brian Buescher – there have been no overt anti-Catholic or anti-Christian statements or questions.

But it is early yet, so give the Democrats time. And it isn’t like the Democrats didn’t blow a few dog whistles, just to see how far they could push their anti-Christian bigotry and get away with it.

Delaware Democrat Sen. Chris Coons' opening statement — which alluded to the 1965 Supreme Court Case, Griswold v. Connecticut, that involved married couples' use of contraception — was an ill-concealed religious attack against Judge Coney Barrett given her large family and the Catholic church's religious opposition to it.

And as Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) pointed out, in the past Democrats have made a point of questioning judicial nominees about their faith and editorializing about it to justify voting NO on conservative nominees.

“This is an attempt to broach a new frontier, to set a new standard—actually, it’s an attempt to bring back an old standard that the Constitution of the United States explicitly forbids,” Hawley said. “I’m talking about a religious test for office.”

As NRO’s Zachary Evans reported, in 2017, ranking Senate Judiciary Committee member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) said during the judge’s previous confirmation hearing that it was “of concern” that Barrett’s Catholic “dogma lives loudly within you.” Senator Kamala Harris in 2018 questioned a different judicial nominee, Brian Buescher, on whether his membership in the Catholic Knights of Columbus would “interfere” with his judicial rulings.

Hawley also pointed out that Sen. Maisie Hirono (D-HI) said she worried then-Professor Coney Barrett would be a ‘Catholic’ judge if she were confirmed, as opposed to an American judge.

"This pattern and practice of religious bigotry — because that's what it is, when you tell somebody they are too Catholic to be on the bench, when you say they will be a Catholic judge, not an American judge — that is bigotry," said Sen. Hawley, R-Mo. "The practice of bigotry from members of this committee must stop and I would expect that it be renounced."

Sens. Ben Sasse, (R-NE), and Sen. John Kennedy, (R-LA), echoed those comments with statements of their own.

"I know it must hurt for someone of deep Christian faith like yourself to be called a religious bigot and to have it implied that because you are a devout Christian that you're somehow unfit for public service," Kennedy said, according to reporting by NPR’s Philip Ewing

However, as strongly and as effectively as Sen. Hawley and others argued that religious bigotry by Democrats was un-American and unconstitutional it appears that the bigots on the Left have only made a tactical retreat.

During a break in the hearing on Monday afternoon, Sen. Dick Durbin, (D-IL), was asked about Republicans' defense of Barrett's religion and whether the minority had any intention to continue bringing it up.

"Not at this point," he said according to Mr. Ewing’s reporting.

Our question for Senator Durban and the rest of the Senate Democrats is, if not at this point, at what point will you bring religious bigotry back into the argument against Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation?

If you are a Christian who lives to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ, or a Jew who lives according to the Law, the bigotry against Amy Coney Barrett isn’t just bigotry against Roman Catholics. Scratch the surface and you will find it is bigotry against anyone who lives their faith and rejects the secularism of the cultural Left, and if you haven’t experienced it yet, be assured it will come for you eventually.


Our friends at Americans for Limited Government have made it easy to urge your Senators to vote in favor of the confirmation of the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, please click this link to express your support for Amy Coney Barrett and your opposition to the religious bigotry being deployed against her by the Democrats and their Far Left allies.

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