New judge claims her religious faith comes before the law: Senate confirms Amy Coney Barrett to a lifetime appointment on the U.S. Court of Appeals.
In yet another move towards a Christian theocracy, the Senate confirmed Amy Coney Barrett on Tuesday to a lifetime appointment as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit by a vote of 55-43.
Recently the Alliance for Justice (AFJ) released a scathing report on Barrett, a former professor at the Notre Dame Law School. According to the report, Barrett believes that “judges should be bound by their religious faith, not the law.”
The report notes:
As a judge, Barrett could be expected to put her personal beliefs ahead of the law. She wrote specifically about the duty of judges to put their faith above the law in an article entitled “Catholic Judges in Capital Cases.” Among other things, she strongly criticized Justice William Brennan’s statement about faith, in which he said that he took an oath to uphold the law, and that “there isn’t any obligation of our faith superior” to that oath. In response, Barrett wrote: “We do not defend this position as the proper response for a Catholic judge to take with respect to abortion or the death penalty.”
Concerning Barrett’s judicial nomination, AFJ President Nan Aron released the following statement:
Amy Coney Barrett is a judicial nominee the likes of which we have rarely seen: a person who believes and has stated that judges can and should put their personal beliefs ahead of the law and Constitution when carrying out their duties. Specifically, Barrett has written that judges should put their religious faith ahead of the law in certain cases. She also has written that judges should not have to abide by precedent if they disagree with how past cases were decided. These views are so contrary to our system of democracy and justice that, in our view, they clearly disqualify her for the federal bench.
Amy Coney Barrett, who once clerked for the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, is a dangerous conservative Catholic, and a vigorous opponent of a woman’s right to an abortion, having written extensively on the need to dismantle Roe v. Wade.
People For The American Way reports on Barrett’s deep hostility to reproductive rights, noting:
- Barrett wrote in a law review article that abortion is “always immoral.”
- She served as a member of the “University Faculty for Life” organization at the University of Notre Dame.
- She signed a letter entitled “Unacceptable” opposing the Obama administration’s proposal to accommodate religious employers while carrying out the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate.
- She has criticized Roe v. Wade, saying that the decision “essentially permitted abortion on demand,” and has implied that the landmark case was incorrectly decided.”
Even more frightening, Barrett belongs to a secretive cult like Christian group called People of Praise, where women are subordinate to men. The New York Times reports:
Members of the group swear a lifelong oath of loyalty, called a covenant, to one another, and are assigned and are accountable to a personal adviser, called a “head” for men and a “handmaid” for women. The group teaches that husbands are the heads of their wives and should take authority over the family.
Bottom line: The Senate confirmed Amy Coney Barrett to a lifetime appointment on the U.S. Court of Appeals. Barrett is a dangerous religious extremist who believes a federal judge can subvert the U.S. Constitution and the laws of the United States in order to promote her own religious agenda. If given the chance, Barrett will replace secular law with conservative Catholic dogma and bigotry. As such, she has no business serving as a federal judge, and constitutes a threat to the nation.