There's something refreshingly honest about those
They did so in questioning
This evokes a line of inquiry from an earlier age, one asked of leftists during the Cold War but now directed by the political left at Americans of faith. Concealed in their velvet voices was this meaning, this underlying shiv:
Are you now, or have you ever been, a Christian?
"Do you consider yourself an orthodox Catholic?" cooed Durbin in that oily voice of his.
It got worse with Feinstein.
"When you read your speeches, the conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you," said Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the
The dogma lives loudly within you? This is a political witch hunt, cloaked in soft voices and the weight of federal power, and for that they should be ashamed.
The president of
"It is chilling to hear from a
But among many
Would Democratic senators dare ask such questions of a Muslim or a Jew? No. Their own party would condemn them, as would every newspaper editorial board in the country.
The brains of Feinstein and Durbin could not possibly conceive of such a question to someone who wasn't Christian, lest they burn themselves upon their own secular stake.
But a Christian, a Roman Catholic? Hey, that's different, isn't it?
There is no angry push by establishment media to condemn what was done to Barrett. The establishment pack hasn't hounded other
And like the questions in the
Durbin is a Catholic Democrat from blue
But there are many who stay true to their faith.
What Feinstein, Durbin and others seized on was a paper Barrett co-authored some 20 years ago, as a law student, about the obligations of faith in public life.
In the article, co-written with a professor, Barrett the law student suggested that should a Catholic judge believe he or she were unable to reconcile the law and faith, say, in a death penalty case, then the judge should recuse themselves.
But what Barrett was driving at is that the
Taking a judicial appointee's comments out of context and using tribal political outrage to befoul them is not unique among
To Durbin's mealy-mouthed question as to whether she was an "orthodox Catholic," Barrett answered clearly.
"If you're asking whether I'm a faithful Catholic, I am," Barrett said, "although I would stress that my own personal church affiliation or my religious belief would not bear on the discharge of my duties as a judge."
She's a mother of seven children. She was a law clerk for the late conservative
This is about abortion.
And the Democratic strategy is about tarnishing Barrett with her faith, to suggest Roman Catholics are too extreme, in order to prevent her from getting on a judicial track to the
This is not only shameful, it is dangerous.
And it was revealed, quite publicly the other day, in the