The Senate has confirmed Trump judicial nominee Amy Coney Barrett to a seat on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago. You might remember that her recent confirmation hearing sparked controversy after Senators Diane Feinstein and Al Franken seemed to imply that because she’s a Catholic Pentecostal, she might ignore the law and insert her religious views into her rulings. It was a shocking, underhanded attempt to impose a religious litmus test and open the door to banning people of faith from government positions.
Franken’s attacks were doubly ironic considering (A.) he slammed her for having ties to a “hate group” (actually a legit Christian legal aid group) and not “vetting” groups she associates with, while getting that slanderous designation from the partisan and unreliable Southern Poverty Law Center; and (B.) he implied she was unfit for the job of judge, when she is a summa cum laude graduate of Notre Dame law school, a former law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, and a professor of law at Notre Dame. FYI: before becoming a United States Senator, Al Franken was on “Saturday Night Live.” But he never made it to being a “Not Ready for Prime Time Player.”
At the link, you’ll find more about the controversy, the blowback and Barrett’s religious and legal views, which I’m sure she will not mix up on the bench. Now, if only liberals were half as concerned with making sure judges didn’t ignore the law and insert their political views into their rulings.
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