‘We Certainly Support Religious Freedom and Would Ask That Congress Also Support That as Well’ Says Press Secretary
The White House is citing its nominee’s “judicial freedom” to defend her hardline stances on social issues, from abortion to same-sex marriage.
In response to a question from the far right wing think tank Heritage Foundation about judicial nominee Amy Barrett’s abilityÂ to properly do her job if confirmed, Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters:Â â€œWe certainly support religious freedom and would ask that Congress also support that as well,â€ according to The WashingtonÂ Blade‘s Chris Johnson.Â
Why This Matters: Judges should not defer to their religious beliefs when interpreting the law or the Constitution.
Barrett, who has been nominated to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals,Â hold views far outside the mainstream.Â
As Friendly Atheist‘sÂ Hemant MehtaÂ noted earlier Monday, during the confirmation hearing “Sen. Dianne FeinsteinÂ feared that Barrett would try to overturnÂ Roe v. WadeÂ on the basis of her faith, not because of any legal argument to do so.”
â€œThe dogma lives loudly within you,â€ Feinstein said.Â â€œAnd thatâ€™s of concern when you come to big issues that large numbers of people have fought for for years in this country.â€
The religious right has mounted a crusade to support Barrett, claiming Sen. Feinstein is attacking Catholics and her CatholicÂ faith.
During her confirmation hearing “Ms. Barrett told the senators that she was a faithful Catholic, and that her religious beliefs would not affect her decisions as an appellate judge. But her membership in a small, tightly knit Christian group called People of Praise never came up at the hearing, and might have led to even more intense questioning,” The New York Times reports.
Some of the groupâ€™s practices would surprise many faithful Catholics. Members of the group swear a lifelong oath of loyalty, called a covenant, to one another, and are assigned and are accountable to a personal adviser, called a â€œheadâ€ for men and a â€œhandmaidâ€ for women. The group teaches that husbands are the heads of their wives and should take authority over the family.
A literal “Handmaid’s Tale.”
“Current and former members say that the heads and handmaids give direction on important decisions, including whom to date or marry, where to live, whether to take a job or buy a home, and how to raise children,” The Times adds.
Here was Democratic Sen. Al Franken questioning Barrett, noting she has been paid by the Alliance Defending Freedom, which appears on theÂ Southern Poverty Law Center’s list of anti-gay hate groups.
The Blade notes that while the press secretary “was responding to a question about Barrett in particular, her response could have applied to any number of Trump nominees with anti-LGBT records.
Among them is Jeff Mateer, whom Trump nominated for a federal judgeship in Texas. A CNN report revealed 2015 comments in which Mateer endorsed widely discredited â€œex-gayâ€ conversion therapy, opposed same-sex marriage and called transgender kids part of â€œSatanâ€™s plan.â€
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Former Trump Official Claims Biden Choosing First Black Woman Justice Bars ‘Hispanics, Asians and Gays’
A highly-controversial former Trump official is claiming President Joe Biden’s promise to seat the first Black woman on the U.S. Supreme Court is discriminatory.
Richard Grenell, who served as Trump’s Acting Director of National Intelligence, and as Trump’s Ambassador to Germany, was seen by at least one lawmaker in Berlin as a “biased propaganda machine.” On Thursday Grenell attacked President Biden by attacking another Democrat, former White House Press Secretary Joe Lockhart.
Lockhart served as President Bill Clinton’s White House Press Secretary. On Thursday he tweeted, “Ahead of the midterms, I look forward to watching every Republican Senator oppose the first black woman to the Supreme Court.”
Earlier in the day Grenell posted a similar tweet:
Asians, gays and Hispanics had no shot for a Supreme Court seat from Joe Biden.
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) January 27, 2022
Conservatives, including on the far right which Grenell has been accused of having ties to, have been falsely claiming it’s “racist” to choose a Supreme Court Justice who is Black and a woman.
Those same conservatives are apparently ignorant of the fact that smart presidents, like smart managers, create a Supreme Court team. There’s no such things as “the most qualified,” nor is there any way, any right way, to measure. Presidents, smart presidents, want justices who are young so they can have a decades-long impact on the nation and its future. They want great minds who are able to work behind the scenes to win over their colleagues. And, unlike Republicans, they want justices who have the lived experiences of more and more Americans –because the law is not stagnant, despite what the originalists and textualists falsely claim.
Here’s Grenell, attacking President Biden through Lockhart:
Joe Lockhart celebrates barring Hispanics, Asians and gays for a Supreme Court seat. https://t.co/gSQC8bprKU
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) January 27, 2022
Some responses to Grenell’s tweet:
Being a woman and black doesn’t necessarily make one straight ….
— Alex 🏳️🌈 (@Sanvers_TV) January 27, 2022
So there are no gay black women? Idiocy, the GQP way.
— Snyder (@madgamecc69) January 27, 2022
God, you’re exhausting. Would a gay Hispanic-Asian-African-American liberal suffice for you then?
— Dominic Antonio Crossey (He/Him) (@DominicACrossey) January 27, 2022
How many of those types of people were on the Heritage Foundation list that your old boss picked from? How many of those were on his short list? Maybe I missed the multicultural open call for the last three.
— just Todd (@ToddBergman) January 27, 2022
Christian Nationalist Home-Schooling Podcaster Running for Congress to Bring ‘The Name of God’ Back Into Politics
Early in 2021, Christian nationalist home-schooling advocate, author, and podcaster Heidi St. John launched a bid for U.S. Congress in Washington state’s 3rd Congressional District. Outraged by incumbent Republican Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler’s vote to impeach former President Donald Trump in the wake of the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol, St. John decided to try and unseat her in the GOP primary by appealing to MAGA voters, denouncing public libraries as “evil organizations,” and pledging to “be a mom for America.”
Earlier this month, St. John appeared on the “Stand Up For The Truth” podcast, where she sounded Seven Mountains and Christian nationalist themes that have been central to her campaign, describing politics as “a spiritual battle” and vowing to “bring back the name of God into the political sphere.”
“[Politics is] in my blood,” St. John said. “And I think it should be in the blood of every Christ follower. Politics determined policy, and it is policy that has murdered 63 million of our unborn in this country. It is policy that has gotten us into the mess that we are in as a nation, and we need wise people and godly people to ascend to positions of authority in the nation.”
“What we’ve observed over years and years and years is a church deciding to pull itself out of arguably one of the most important aspects of the culture, which is determining our laws and determining the policy that governs the people here,” she continued. “Christians belong in every sphere of influence. We have a command to be strong and courageous. [God] did not say, ‘Be strong and courageous except for in the political sphere, stay out of that one.’ No, we belong in every sphere of influence. We belong in medicine. We belong in entertainment. We belong in education. And we belong in politics.”
“[Christians] should be canvassing, they should be helping clean up the voter rolls, they should be running for positions of authority in every sphere of influence,” St. John added. “We bring back the name of Jesus, we bring back the name of God into the political sphere and we say out loud, ‘What is the biggest problem in our country? We have turned away from God.’”
“This is a spiritual battle,” St. John declared. “We know that we serve the Lord of Heaven’s armies. We serve the creator of the universe, the one who spoke the world into being. He can do anything. And I think he’s calling his people back out of hiding and out of the shadows and into the battle and onto the battlefield.”
This article was originally published by Right Wing Watch and is republished here by permission.
Justice Breyer’s Decision to Quote Gettysburg Address and ‘Civil War’ in Retirement Remarks ‘Not by Accident’: Experts
During his unscripted remarks with President Joe Biden at a White House event Thursday to announce his retirement, Justice Stephen Breyer made very specific mention of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, quoting from the iconic president’s famous Civil War-era speech (video below.)
Bloomberg White House reporter Jennnifer Epstein observed the Justice, who will have served for 28 years on the nation’s highest court, held up a copy of the Constitution at one point as he was speaking.
Breyer holds up his pocket Constitution as he discusses his service on the Supreme Court and his retirement plans pic.twitter.com/8YdBRWE932
— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) January 27, 2022
“Please listen carefully,” NBC News Presidential Historian Michael Beschloss urged. “Not by accident did Justice Breyer, in appearance with President Biden, quote Lincoln saying that the nation was ‘engaged in a great Civil War’ and remind us that the American system is always an experiment whose survival must never be taken for granted.”
Former U.S. Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal calls Breyer’s remarks “brilliant,” and also notes his civil war remarks were not by accident.
A brilliant speech by Justice Breyer just now. It cannot have been an accident that he singled out Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and the lines about civil war.
— Neal Katyal (@neal_katyal) January 27, 2022
Leah Litman, an assistant professor of constitutional law at the University of Michigan observed, “Justice Breyer seems to be … pointedly talking about threats facing the country. and about how future generations will determine and see whether this experiment succeeds.”
The LA Times’ White House reporter Eli Stokols says Justice Breyer was “suggesting America’s still engaged in ‘a civil war’ but expressing optimism that the democratic experiment will endure.”
BREYER: “People have come to accept this Constitution and … the importance of a rule of law … we are now engaged in a great civil war to determine whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure … I am an optimist and I’m pretty sure it will.” pic.twitter.com/9sVo5DKA2d
— JM Rieger (@RiegerReport) January 27, 2022
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