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Notre Dame President Defends a Judge Over Religious Bigotry

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Amy Coney Barrett is a Notre Dame law professor that was nominated by President Trump to serve on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.  Recently, she faced criticism over the very same thing John F. Kennedy drew criticism from: his Catholicism.

Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein unleashed a stream of religious bigotry on Barrett.

From Feinstein’s quote:

Dogma and law are two different things. And I think whatever a religion is, it has its own dogma. The law is totally different. And I think in your case, professor, when you read your speeches, the conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you, and that’s of concern.

Almost immediately, the University of Notre Dame rallied to Amy Coney Barrett’s defense.  Reverend John I. Jenkins wrote a letter in direct response to these accusations.

From one excerpt:

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. For the attempt to live such faith while one upholds the law should command respect, not evoke concern.

Our country was founded upon the belief of separation of church and state.  Most likely, Feinstein’s accusations are a defensive move.  Barrett will most likely be a strict constitutionalist judge.  That is, she will be an enemy to leftists everywhere.

Ironically, we cannot judge someone based on their race or sexual orientation.  However, religion is fair play in the eyes of the democrats.

The full letter from Rev. Jenkins to Feinstein is below:

Dear Senator Feinstein:

Considering your questioning of my colleague Amy Coney Barrett during the judicial confirmation hearing of September 6, I write to express my confidence in her competence and character, and deep concern at your line of questioning.

Professor Barrett has been a member of our faculty since 2002, and is a graduate of our law school. Her experience as a clerk for Judge Laurence Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals and Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is of the highest order. So, too, is her scholarship in the areas of federal courts, constitutional law and statutory interpretation. I am not a legal scholar, but I have heard no one seriously challenge her impeccable legal credentials.

Your concern, as you expressed it, is that “dogma lives loudly in [Professor Barrett], and that is a concern when you come to big issues that large numbers of people have fought for years in this country.” I am one in whose heart “dogma lives loudly,” as it has for centuries in the lives of many Americans, some of whom have given their lives in service to this nation. Indeed, it lived loudly in the hearts of those who founded our nation as one where citizens could practice their faith freely and without apology.

Professor Barrett has made it clear that she would “follow unflinchingly” all legal precedent and, in rare cases in which her conscience would not allow her to do so, she would recuse herself. I can assure you that she is a person of integrity who acts in accord with the principles she articulates.

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. For the attempt to live such faith while one upholds the law should command respect, not evoke concern.

Respectfully,

Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.

President

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