Yesterday, California Democratic Senator Diane Feinstein attacked a judicial nominee for upholding her Catholic faith.
During her confirmation hearing, U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals nominee Amy Coney Barrett, a mom of seven children, and a former clerk for the late Justice Antonin Scalia, was basically told her religion should keep her from being qualified for the judgeship. However, the U.S. Constitution explicitly states:
The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.
“When you read your speeches, the conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you,” said Feinstein. “And that’s of concern when you come to big issues that large numbers of people have fought for, for years in this country.”
— Jason Calvi (@JasonCalvi) September 6, 2017
Feinstein’s comments immediately unleashed a backlash for implying that nominated officials must pass some sort of religious test in order to qualify for public office.
"The dogma lives loudly within you" is quite a compliment. I pray I live my faith well enough that one could justifiably say that to me.
— Dannielle Cagliuso (@Caglius) September 7, 2017
If the dogma lives loudly within this judicial nominee, she is my hero as she witnesses Jesus the Christ by her life!
— Robert judge (@rlj_robert) September 7, 2017
This is literally sickening #prejudice
— Fr. Chip Hines (@Chines) September 6, 2017
Alexandra Descantis wrote for the National Review, “Feinstein’s comments this afternoon revealed that anti-Catholic bigotry is still alive in the U.S., even, and perhaps especially, among those leftists who are the first to decry prejudice and discrimination against other minorities.”
Sohrab Ahmari, writer for Commentary brought up an excellent point on Twitter:
Feinstein is out of bounds with this remark. Would she say so to a Muslim judicial nominee? https://t.co/Or8gHoCnWu
— Sohrab Ahmari (@SohrabAhmari) September 6, 2017
Wow. What a rank appeal to anti-Catholic bigotry–& against a nominee who has made clear that judging is not about imposing religious views. https://t.co/2dEfjFkqWr
— Ed Whelan (@EdWhelanEPPC) September 6, 2017
John Gerardi, Executive Director of Right to Life of Central California attended Notre Dame Law School and had Barrett as a professor. Gerardi said, “‘The dogma lives loudly within you.’ When I die, I hope I’ve lived a life worthy of someone ‘insulting’ me in such a fashion.” Gerardi also expressed his personal opinion that nominating Barrett “was one of the best decisions Trump has made.”