Faith Under Fire

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Decades ago, if a high-level nominee was associated with organizations that were overtly hostile to religion, many senators would feel obligated to oppose that individual’s nomination.  Believe it or not, some Senate Democrats opposed Robert Bork’s nomination to the Supreme Court because they didn’t think he was religious enough!

Now it seems that nominees get into trouble if they are actually serious about their faith and active in their church.

You may recall that Senator Bernie Sanders attacked a Trump nominee for the Office of Management and Budget over his faith.  Senator Dianne Feinstein went after the “dogma,” i.e. the Christianity, of Judge Amy Barrett.

More recently, Senators Kamala Harris and Mazie Hirono tried to torpedo the nomination of Brian Buescher to be a federal judge because he is a member of the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic charitable organization.

Hirono blasted the Knights as “extreme” because the group supports traditional Catholic teaching on the sanctity of life and marriage. But believing unborn babies have a right to life and believing marriage is the union of one man and one woman are hardly “extreme” views.

As the Wall Street Journal notes today, John F. Kennedy was a member of the Knights of Columbus.  But today’s Democrats appear to be suggesting that no Catholic can be fit for public service unless they “publicly repudiate the church’s moral teaching.”

A local Washington, D.C., council of the Knights of Columbus responded to the senators’ charges of “extremism.”  In a letter, the council wrote that it had recently:

  • Given away over $4,000 worth of coats to children.
  • Donated funds to help the developmentally disabled.
  • Collected diapers for new mothers.
  • Donated supplies to a local school.
  • Donated an ultrasound machine to a clinic.
  • Picked up trash around a major sports stadium.

Wow!  What a bunch of extremists!

The Knights also invited the senators to join them at their upcoming fundraiser for the D.C. Special Olympics.


—Gary Bauer
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