The U.S. Senate passed a resolution rebuking two Democrat Senators for their critical questioning of a judicial nominee’s Knights of Columbus membership.
Senators approved without objection on Wednesday Senate Resolution 19, which was introduced by Republican Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska.
The resolution stated that “disqualifying a nominee to Federal office on the basis of membership in the Knights of Columbus violates the Constitution of the United States.”
More specifically, the resolution says that Article VI, clause 3, was violated, which reads, “no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”
“… the Knights have a proud tradition of standing against the forces of prejudice and oppression, such as the Ku Klux Klan and Nazi Germany,” continued S.R. 19.
“… the Knights are founded on the principles of charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism [and] in 2017, the Knights made more than $185,000.000 in charitable contributions and volunteered more than 75,600,000 service hours.”
In a Wednesday evening speech on the Senate floor, Sen. Sasse explained that he introduced the resolution on behalf of fellow Nebraskan Brian Buescher, who was nominated by President Donald Trump to be the U.S. District Judge for the District of Nebraska.
Senators Kamala Harris of California and Mazie K. Hirono of Hawaii sent him written questions expressing concern over Buescher’s membership with the Knights due to the Catholic organization’s socially conservative views.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski