Dr. Richard Land on Why So Much Hostility to Amy Coney Barrett’s Faith?

Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett is sworn in during a confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Oct. 12, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool)

I am sure many of you have heard comedian Bill Maher’s latest diatribe and attack on Judge, soon to be Justice, Amy Coney Barrett’s Catholic religious faith.  Maher asserted that “Chuck Schumer said Democrats won’t make Barrett’s religion an issue, but they should because being nuts is relevant.” 

Maher then went after Catholicism in general, noting the predominance of Roman Catholics on the Supreme Court, “Roberts, Thomas, Alito, Kavanaugh, Sotomayor, and Gorsuch, who I count as Catholic, because he was raised Catholic and is now Episcopalian, which is just a Catholic who flunked Latin.”

Adding that he has “nothing against Catholics, except my entire upbringing,” Maher displays his personal prejudices.  Maher then mocks the Bible as “the old book of Jewish fairy tales,” and offered the assessment that Judge Barrett is “really Catholic, I mean really, really, Catholic, like speaking in tongues. . .”

Now, I am offended by Maher’s hostile comments and grotesque anti-religious prejudice.  However, his “candor” does serve a useful purpose. Maher is just being more honest and transparent in his harsh critique of Judge Barrett and her faith.

Quite simply and profoundly, for many in the opinion-shaping classes of American society, the fact that Amy Coney Barrett takes her Christian faith seriously enough to have it shape and define her life and purpose clearly mystifies and threatens them.  As Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) put it in Barrett’s Judiciary Committee hearing for confirmation to the federal appeals court, “the dogma lives loudly within you and that’s a concern.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Richard D. Land

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