Abortion Advocates Think Amy Barrett is a Member of a “Cult” Because She’s Catholic

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Jul 6, 2018   |   11:55AM   |   Washington, DC

The mudslinging against Judge Amy Coney Barrett, a possible nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, continued this week with abortion activists claiming she is a member of a “cult.”

She is believed to be one of four candidates that President Donald Trump is considering to fill retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy’s seat.

Particularly abhorrent to abortion activists, Barrett is a devout Catholic, a conservative and a woman.

Abortion supporters have honed in on Barrett’s affiliation with People of Praise, an ecumenical Christian group that focuses on prayer, counseling, marriage guidance and acts of service for families in need. Labeling the group a “cult,” abortion activists claim Barrett is a “dangerous religious extremist” because of her affiliation with the group.

According to Townhall, these attacks are just nonsense:

Her former colleagues on the Notre Dame law school faculty, many of whom have disagreements with Barrett, unanimously endorsed her nomination to the Circuit Court, describing her as “brilliant” and also “generous” and “warm.” …

If Barrett is a glazed-eyed cultist, she’s done an incredible job of hiding it. She fooled her fellow clerks on the Supreme Court when she worked for Justice Antonin Scalia. Dozens of clerks, including some who worked for Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer, endorsed her previous nomination, calling her a “woman of remarkable intellect and character.” She fooled her students, hundreds of whom signed an endorsement reading, in part, “Our religious, cultural, and political views span a wide spectrum. Despite the many and genuine differences among us, we are united in our conviction that Professor Barrett would make an exceptional federal judge.” And she fooled all of the Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee along with three Democrats, who voted to approve her nomination [to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit].

Pro-abortion politicians have attacked her faith repeatedly, beginning when President Donald Trump nominated her to the Seventh Circuit.

“For most Senate Democrats presiding over judicial confirmations, the only good Catholic is a bad one,” George Neumayr wrote at the American Spectator. “They will only confirm Catholic nominees who reject authoritative Church teaching in favor of liberalism.”

In September, pro-abortion Democrats barraged Barrett with hostile questions about her faith during the Senate confirmation hearing.

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U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s comment “the dogma lives loudly within you, and that’s of concern” later was called out as “bigoted.”

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin also interrogated Barrett about her use of the term “orthodox Catholics” in an article that she wrote.

“Do you consider yourself an orthodox Catholic?” Durbin asked.

“If you’re asking whether I take my faith seriously and I’m a faithful Catholic, I am,” she replied. “Although I would stress that my personal church affiliation or my religious belief would not bear on the discharge of my duties as a judge.”

At another point, Barrett added: “Were I confirmed as a judge, I would decide cases according to the rule of law beginning to end. In the rare circumstance that might ever arise, I can’t imagine one sitting here now, where I felt some contentious objection to the law, I would recuse. I would never impose my own personal convictions upon the law.”

Legal scholars on the political left and right both have blasted the criticisms as unfounded and unjust. Planned Parenthood’s lobbying against Barrett’s 2017 nomination was so deceptive that several liberal law professors urged the abortion group to retract its false statements against her.