On Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released a statement defending Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett against attacks on Barrett’s Catholic faith, mostly from Senate Democrats and the media.
According to Fox News, McConnell stated by saying that “[T]he ongoing attacks by Senate Democrats and the media on Judge Barrett’s faith are a disgrace. They demean the confirmation process, disrespect the Constitution, and insult millions of American believers.”
McConnell continued that “[O]ur coastal elites are so disconnected from their own country that they treat religious Americans like strange animals in a menagerie,” and added examples from the media and from Senate Democrats of attacks on Barrett’s religious beliefs.
One such example from the media is a Guardian report about how Barrett and her future husband, while in law school, lived in a residence owned by the co-founder of People of Praise. A second is from a Washington Post piece titled “Amy Coney Barrett served as a ‘handmaid’ in Christian group People of Praise,” clearly trying to reference the dystopian novel “The Handmaid’s Tale,” even though the term “handmaid” here is meant to be a title for a female leader.
Examples of Senate Democrats attacking Barrett’s faith include one Judiciary Committee Democrat baselessly questioning if Barrett could rule impartially even with “closely held” views, and another Democrat writing a letter saying Barrett is unfit because she once, as a private citizen, signed a pro-life statement.
McConnell ended his statement saying that “[T]hese disgraceful attacks only reinforce why it is crucial to confirm judges like Judge Barrett who understand and respect our Constitution, including its protections for all Americans’ religious liberty.”
The ongoing attacks by Senate Democrats and the media on Judge Barrett’s faith are a disgrace. They demean the confirmation process, disrespect the Constitution, and insult millions of American believers. pic.twitter.com/Qg5mFQzWFO
— Leader McConnell (@LeaderMcConnell) October 7, 2020
Indeed, these anti-religious attacks only demonstrate further why they can never be indulged. The Left despises religion because its foundation is based on a power higher than the human being, and that any legitimacy of government comes from God and God-given rights. The Left, in contrast, wants to be the arbiter of those rights through an all-powerful central government.