Congressman Files Resolution Condemning “Vicious Attacks” on Amy Barrett’s Christian Faith

National   Steven Ertelt   Sep 29, 2020   |   2:00PM    Washington, DC

Before Judge Amy Coney Barrett was even nominated to the Supreme Court, liberals attacked her over her Christian faith.

During her confirmation hearings two years ago regarding her nomination to a federal appellate court, Democrats trashed Barrett’s Catholic beliefs, with pro-abortion Senator Diane Feinstein saying the Catholic “dogma lives loudly inside you.” Then, as it appeared more and more likely that President Donald Trump would nominate her to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the liberal media ran with an easily-disproved claim that a praise and worship group Barrett belongs to was the inspiration for the radical and inaccurate feminist show “Handmaid’s Tale.”

Congressman Andy Biggs, a Republican from Arizona, has had enough.

Today he introduced a resolution condemning the “vicious attacks” on Barrett’s faith:

The Biggs resolution says Barrett “has faced unwarranted attacks on her constitutional right to exercise her religious faith” and also points to Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, who recently said Barrett’s religious beliefs would not be off-limits in the confirmation hearing.

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Additionally, it notes recent media headlines that have sought to make a comparison to the group People of Praise, to which Barrett belongs, and the totalitarian nightmare found in the pages of the fictional “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

The resolution also condemns attacks Barrett has faced over her family — she is a mother of seven, including two adopted children from Haiti. It notes tweets such as those from author Ibram X. Kendi who tweeted that “some White colonizers ‘adopted’ Black children” and used them as “props in their lifelong pictures of denial, while cutting the biological parents of these children out of the picture of humanity.” Others had asked if Barrett is able to be a Supreme Court justice and a loving parent of seven children.

The resolution also says Barrett has faced “increasingly vicious attacks on her character” and points to songwriter Diane Warren, who said Barrett was a hybrid of Aunt Lydia, a character in “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and a Stepford wife.

The resolution “condemns any attempt to impose an unconstitutional religious test on Judge Amy Coney Barrett or any other individual seeking election or appointment to public office.” It also “condemns any attack on any member of Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s family or her selfless decision to adopt two children from Haiti.”

Trump on Saturday nominated  Barrett to replace pro-abortion Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who recently passed away.

“Today it is my honor to nominate one of our nation’s most brilliant and gifted legal minds to the Supreme Court. She is a woman of unparalleled achievement, towering intellect credential and unyielding loyalty to the Constitution. Judge Amy Coney Barrett.”

“She will defend the sacred principle of equal justice” for everyone, the president said.

The nomination will set up a massive battle over her confirmation as she has already been aggressively attacked by Democrats, abortion activists and the mainstream media, especially over her Catholic faith.

Barrett, a former law professor at the University of Notre Dame and judge on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, believes life begins at conception and has noted how both pro-life and pro-abortion legal experts have criticized Roe v. Wade as a bad decision. Barrett criticized the ruling for “ignit[ing] a national controversy” through judicial fiat.

Though her judicial rulings on abortion are few, she did rule in support of two Indiana pro-life laws during her time on the Seventh Circuit. She also has made several statements about the value of babies in the womb. According to the Law and Crime blog, Barrett signed a public letter in 2015 that emphasized “the value of human life from conception to natural death.”

Judge Amy Barrett was number one on the Supreme Court wish list for most pro-life voters and she was also the first potential high court nominee to get an in-person meeting with President Donald Trump. That’s not a surprising considering the president previous said he was “saving her” for an appointment to the Supreme Court should Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg retire or pass away.

Barrett, a mother of seven, was a former law clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia. Like Scalia, Barrett describes herself as an “originalist” judge.

When it comes to abortion cases, Barrett has been on the pro-life side. She voted in 2016 to allow a hearing on a pro-life law from the state of Indiana that requires abortion centers to offer a proper burial or cremation for babies they kill in abortions. And in 2019, she voted to allow a hearing on another Indiana pro-life law allowing parents to be notified when their teenage daughter is considering an abortion so they can help her make a better decision for her and her baby.

Senator Lindsey Graham, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, says Republicans have the votes to confirm President Donald trump’s Supreme Court nominee before the November presidential election.

“We’ve got the votes to confirm Justice Ginsburg’s replacement before the election,” he said on Fox News late Monday. “We’re going to move forward in the committee.”

Democrats, as well as GOP Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, say any vote should wait until after the election but other Republicans say there is no reason to wait and indicate that the high court is starting a new term with important cases that should have all 9 justices considering the merits. Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah has not indicated whether he will vote on a nominee but Republications control the Senate 53-47 and can afford to lose three votes and still have Vice President Mike Pence break any possible tie.

President Donald Trump said on Monday that he will nominate a new Supreme Court justice on Friday or Saturday and that his nominee will be someone who would “abide by the Constitution.” The president said he wanted to wait until after the late pro-abortion Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s funeral.

During an interview on “Fox & Friends,” Trump said that the final Senate vote for his potential nominee should be taken “before the election” and “should go very quickly.”

“The bottom line is we won the election, we have an obligation to do what’s right and act as quickly as possible,” Trump said.

“I think it will be on Friday or Saturday and we want to pay respect, it looks like we will have services on Thursday or Friday, as I understand it, and I think we should, with all due respect for Justice Ginsburg, wait for services to be over,” the president said.

Trump is reportedly looking at a female nominee to replace Ginsburg and reports indicate potential nominees include Judge Amy Coney Barrett from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Judge Barbara Logoa of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, and Judge Allison Jones Rushing of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit.

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Trump touted the list of potential picks, calling them “excellent,” and “all very smart.”

“These are the smartest people, the smartest young people, you like to go young, because they’re there for a long time,” Trump said, adding that his nominee would “abide by the Constitution,” be a “good person” and have “very, very high moral values.”

“No matter how you would look at it, these are the finest people in the nation—young people, pretty young for the most part,” the president said.

Barrett is 48, Lagoa is 52, and Rushing is 38 — all three would have lengthy terms on the nation’s highest court and their impact on abortion and other key pro-life issues would be felt for decades.

Senator Ted Cruz is urging President Donald Trump to name a Supreme Court nominee who stands up for the Constitution. Meanwhile, Republican Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley says he will not vote for any Supreme Court nominee who is not pro-life in that they believe Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided.

His comments come after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s, as he said directly on Friday night after Justice Ruth Ginsburg passed away that President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court will receive a vote in the Senate.

McConnell says that nominee “will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate.”

“The Senate and the nation mourn the sudden passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the conclusion of her extraordinary American life,” McConnell said in a statement Friday.

“In the last midterm election before Justice Scalia’s death in 2016, Americans elected a Republican Senate majority because we pledged to check and balance the last days of a lame-duck president’s second term. We kept our promise,” McConnell continued. “Since the 1880s, no Senate has confirmed an opposite-party president’s Supreme Court nominee in a presidential election year.”

McConnell added that “by contrast, Americans reelected our majority in 2016 and expanded it in 2018 because we pledged to work with President Trump and support his agenda, particularly his outstanding appointments to the federal judiciary.”

“Once again, we will keep our promise,” he said. “President Trump’s nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate.”

However, Lisa Murkowski, one of the two pro-abortion Republicans in the United States Senate refuses to vote on any possible Supreme Court nominee until after the inauguration of the next president in January.

“When Republicans held off Merrick Garland because nine months prior to the election was too close, we needed to let the people decide,” Murkowski said in August, according to The Hill. “And I agreed to do that. If we say now that months prior to the election is OK when nine months is not, that is a double standard and I don’t believe we should do it.”

Murkowski also commented on the issue Friday afternoon only hours before Ginsburg’s death, echoing her previous stance.

“Fair is fair,” she said.

Should President Trump be able to name a replacement, the new SCOTUS justice will likely be someone who upholds the rule of law and isn’t willing to go along with left-wing judicial activism. That would make it much easier to uphold pro-life legislation saving babies from abortion — and could realistically make it possible to envision the overturning of Roe v. Wade and its allowance for abortion on demand.

Just 9 days ago President Trump released a list of potential Supreme Court nominees from which he would nominate any future judges on the nation’s highest court if he is re-elected to a second term. The list includes the kind of conservative jurists pro-life groups support because they have a history of upholding pro-life legislation or following the rule of law rather than legislating from the bench.

Ginsburg, an idol of abortion activists, has has ruled against rights and protections for unborn babies. She also has made some discriminatory statements that are reflective of the old eugenics thinking rooted in abortion activism.

In 2019, for example, when she accepted the Berggruen Prize, she brought up poor women as a reason for her support of abortion:

Ginsburg noted that poor women are the only people being affected by lack of access to abortion.

“One of the things that happened after Roe v. Wade is that women wanted to be able to control their own destiny. They won, so they retreated. And the other side geared up, and we have the situation that we have today,” Ginsburg said. “[People should] care about it the way they did when many women didn’t have access, didn’t have the right to choose. It is so obvious that the only people restricted are poor women. One day, I think people will wake up to that reality.”

Though abortion activists portray such talk as sympathetic, their solution is not to help struggling women out of poverty but to abort their unborn babies.

In 2009, Ginsburg caused a stir when she made comments about Roe v. Wade that also hinted at eugenics.

“Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of,” Ginsburg told the New York Times.

Then, in 2014, she told Elle magazine something similar, “It makes no sense as a national policy to promote birth only among poor people.”

Ginsburg consistently rules against all abortion regulations and restrictions that reach the high court.

In 2016, she was one of the five justices who sided with abortion activists in the decision Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, which struck down Texas abortion clinic regulations that protected women’s health and safety. Ginsburg and four other justices ruled that these safety regulations were an “undue burden” on women’s access to abortion.

She also sided with the Obama administration in trying to force nuns with the Little Sisters of the Poor to pay for drugs that may cause abortions in their employee health care plans.

After a majority of the high court justices sided with Hobby Lobby in a similar case, Ginsburg accused them of being sexist. In an interview with pro-abortion media icon Katie Couric, Ginsburg lashed out at her colleagues and claimed they have a “blind spot” towards women because they decided that Hobby Lobby should not be forced to pay for drugs that may cause abortions for their employees.

Last year, Ginsburg criticized fellow Justice Clarence Thomas for referring to women who have abortions as “mothers.”

And in October, former President Bill Clinton admitted that abortion was a major factor in his decision to nominate Ginsburg to the U.S. Supreme Court.