Senator Diane Feinstein (D, CA) during her inquisition of Judge Amy Barrett, who was appearing before the Senate Judicial Committee pursuant to her nomination to the 7th Circuit:
Why is it that so many of us on this side have this very uncomfortable feeling that—you know, dogma and law are two different things. And I think whatever a religion is, it has its own dogma. The law is totally different. And I think in your case, professor, when you read your speeches, the conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you, and that’s of concern when you come to big issues that large numbers of people have fought for years in this country.
Feinstein is projecting. What Barrett has said in those speeches is that where the Constitution or statute would require a judge to go against his religious beliefs, that judge must recuse himself. There’s no conflict here.
Senator Dick Durbin (D, IL):
Do you consider yourself an orthodox Catholic?
Or possibly, Congressman Dick Durbin in a bygone era: Are you now, or have you ever been, a member of the Communist Party?
Senator Al Franken (D, MN) accused Barrett of belonging to a hate group. The group in question was the Alliance Defending Freedom, an organization that supports [ahem] religious freedom and on which ground that paragon of Leftist virtue, the Southern Poverty Law Center, labeled it a hate group. And Franken took the SPLC seriously.
With this hearing, not only have Progressive-Democrats exposed their religious bigotry, they’ve exposed their disdain for the Constitution. Here’s Article VI on religion:
…no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.
Which, of course, Progressive-Democrats in the Senate—every single one of them—know full well.