SCOTUS Hearing: Sen. Hawley blasts Dems for ‘religious bigotry’

Senator Josh Hawley, R-MO, on Monday criticized his Democrat colleagues on the Senate Judiciary Committee for arguing that the Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett is “too Catholic to be on the bench.”

“When you tell somebody that they’re too catholic to be on the bench, when you tell them they’re gonna be a catholic judge, not an American judge, that’s bigotry,” Hawley told his colleagues, citing Article VI of the U.S. Constitution which bans such religious tests. “The pattern and practice of bigotry from members of that from this committee must stop.”

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A number of Democrats on the Committee and members of the media have argued that Judge Barrett’s devotion to Catholicism will sway her judicial decisions if she’s confirmed to the nation’s highest court. Moreover, some have suggested Judge Barrett would position the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, which allows women access to abortions.

That group of critics includes Democratic nominee for president Joe Biden’s vice presidential pick Sen. Kamala Harris, D-CA, who in 2017 grilled Brian C. Buescher, a nominee for the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska, over his Catholic faith. Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-HI, another member of the Committee, joined Harris in that religious test at the time.

Judge Barrett was nominated by President Donald Trump on September 26 to fill the vacancy of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat.