This article is dedicated to the one, the only, Brad Polumbo, who tweeted the following on 9/21/2020:
Did you know you can criticize Amy Coney Barrett without attacking her private Christian beliefs?
Now, that’s great and all on paper, however in reality, there are some views that should disqualify you from being appointed one of the nine most powerful people in America for life. For example, in many Islamic nations relationships between adult men and young boys are common place. Anyone who endorses this should not be allowed on the Supreme Court, regardless of if they are just doing so because of their religion.
However, I have seen almost nobody attack her private Catholic beliefs. I’m sure some anti-theists (or hyper Protestants, for that matter) have, but that’s not mostly what I’m seeing. Instead, I’m seeing many people attack Barrett’s public Christian beliefs, specifically how she lets those effect her in regards to her legal beliefs.
Back when Barrett was confirmed as a local judge in 2017, Senator Dianne Feinstein got into hot water for saying this to her:
Why is it that so many of us on this side have this very uncomfortable feeling that 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.
This was seen as an example of “religious bigotry” or “attacking Barret because of her private beliefs.” The issue is that Feinstein did not say a single word about Barrett’s private beliefs, she simply said she was concerned that she was going to let those beliefs get in the way of her job of upholding the constitution. You hold hearings in the first place to make sure the nomination, any nomination, will follow that incredibly basic standard.
Now I am not calling Barrett a theocrat, I have no reason to believe she is at time of writing after all. However, again, the reason we hold hearings in the first place is to make sure such misconceptions are ironed out before a vote is held. But asking someone if they are going to do their job is now considered bigotry and an attack on Christianity in America.
One of the men who was most critical of Barrett was Senator and Minority Whip Dick Durbin. Back in 2004, Durbin was denied Holy Communion because he voted against a ban on Partial Birth Abortion. In 2019, the Catholic Church did the same thing to former Vice President Joe Biden. Are we really to believe this organization has no interest in influencing policy? Because that is the only way we can except the notion that it’s bigoted to ask a member if they will base decisions off of their membership.
Here is how you become an Anti-Christian bigot in 2020: You ask a Christian a simple question. Specifically, you ask them if they’re willing to do an important job as it’s suppose to be done and not how an organization they’re attached to might want it to be done instead. That is the only thing you need to do, welcome to 2020.