It’s happening again, and it has to stop.
This week during a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing for federal court nominee Amy Barrett, several U.S. senators, including Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Al Franken (D-Minn.) used Barrett’s faith to cast suspicion upon her suitability as a judge. Senator Feinstein went as far as to say:
"When you read your speeches, the conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you, and that's of concern when you come to big issues that large numbers of people have fought for, for years in this country.”
Senator Durbin even probed Barrett further, asking if she considered herself an “orthodox Catholic,” as if certain degrees of personal faith would be impermissible.
Sadly, this is not new ground for some in the United States Senate. This comes on the heels of another instance (earlier this year) of religious hostility by a senator toward President Trump’s nominee to be Deputy Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, Russell Vought. When Vought answered a question about his Christian faith, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) declared Mr. Vought is "really not someone who this country is supposed to be about."
Our Constitution guarantees there will be no religious litmus test. Americans should never be forced to choose between their faith and public service.
Please join me in signing our petition urging senators to pledge not to oppose nominees on the basis of their religious views.