Political Editors / Sep. 7, 2017

Elected Democrats’ Anti-Christian Bias Is Troubling

Dianne Feinstein grills one of Trump’s judicial nominees for the gross sin of being a Catholic.

Elected Democrats have a growing problem with bigotry — anti-Christian bigotry. The latest example comes from the long-serving senator from California, Dianne Feinstein, who recently did her own Bernie Sanders inquisition impression during a Senate hearing for Amy Coney Barrett, Donald Trump’s judicial nominee for the Seventh Circuit. Feinstein, referencing Barrett’s Catholic faith, said, “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 a big issue that large numbers of people have fought for, for years in the country.”

Feinstein was referencing a 20-year-old law review article Barrett had co-written, in which Barrett, herself a devout Catholic, argued that a judge who conscientiously objects to capital punishment should recuse themselves rather than issuing an order of execution against a convict. Ridiculously, Feinstein claimed this opinion to be an example of religious extremism. Hardly. The opinion is entirely reasonable given the Constitution’s recognition and protection of religious freedom and conscientious.

Like Sanders, Feinstein needs to reread her pocket Constitution, which clearly states in Article VI that “no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust.” The myth that Feinstein is propagating is that religious beliefs and ideas are somehow not allowed to inform an individual who works in government opinions or decisions. The truth is that everyone is religious in that everyone has a set of beliefs and opinions based upon a variety of sources. After all, leftists still cling to their dogmatic belief in socialism, a system that has failed time and time again. It’s a mystery, but it doesn’t preclude them from holding office. Many of our nation’s Founders were Christians, and they clearly had no intent to disqualify other Christians from public office.

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