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There's something refreshingly honest about those Democrats revealing their bigotry in the halls of the United States Senate.
They did so in questioning Amy Coney Barrett, a law professor from Notre Dame, a Catholic and woman of impeccable academic credentials, who has been nominated to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago, a Catholic town.
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Democratic U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Dianne Feinstein are applying a religious test to public office, something expressly forbidden by the Constitution. And by their questions to Barrett, they reveal themselves.
This evokes a line of inquiry from an earlier age, one asked of leftists during the Cold War but now directed by the political left at Americans of faith. Concealed in their velvet voices was this meaning, this underlying shiv:
Are you now, or have you ever been, a Christian?
"Do you consider yourself an orthodox Catholic?" cooed Durbin in that oily voice of his.
It got worse with Feinstein.
"When you read your speeches, the conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you," said Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee. "And that's of concern when you come to big issues that large numbers of people have fought for for years in this country."
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The dogma lives loudly within you? This is a political witch hunt, cloaked in soft voices and the weight of federal power, and for that they should be ashamed.
The president of Notre Dame, the Rev. John Jenkins, responded in an open letter calling Feinstein and the others out.
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"It is chilling to hear from a United States Senator that this might now disqualify someone from service as a federal judge. I ask you and your colleagues to respect those in whom 'dogma lives loudly' — which is a condition we call faith," Jenkins wrote. "For the attempt to live such faith while one...
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