Democratic Senators Dianne Feinstein, Dick Durbin and Mazie Hirono have taken a lot of flak for questioning Trump judicial nominee Amy Coney Barrett in a way that implied her Catholic religious beliefs made her unfit for the bench. Feinstein is trying to defuse the criticism, saying that she’s a product of Catholic education and citing the old “some of my best friends are Catholics” excuse, but she insists that some of Barrett’s statements are (brace yourself for the liberal cliché buzzword of the decade) “problematic.”
Here’s an example: In an article on the death penalty in 1998, Barrett wrote, "Judges cannot — nor should they try to — align our legal system with the Church's moral teaching whenever the two diverge. They should, however, conform their own behavior to the Church's standard. Perhaps their good example will have some effect."
I can see how the suggestion that lawyers and judges should have a moral code would be offensive to many liberal politicians. But Barrett was merely saying that in cases where ruling based on law might conflict with their personal views, judges should recuse themselves. Come to think of it, I can see why that would upset liberals, too.
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