Biden Staffer on SCOTUS: Christians Need Not Apply

October 2, 2020

It isn't a crime to be a Christian -- but according to the Biden campaign, it is a crime to nominate one to the Supreme Court. In an eye-opening exchange, one of the Democrat's staffers seemed appalled that Amy Coney Barrett's resume includes a stint as a trustee of an Indiana Catholic school. The scandal, at least to liberals, isn't that the school is Catholic -- but that it acts like one.

Like Karen Pence, Barrett is under fire for daring to associate with a school that rejects things like homosexuality and premarital sex. Maybe the self-professed Catholic Biden and his staff never got the memo that this is what orthodox Catholics do! Trinity's "cultural statement" is what you'd expect from a religious school -- and that, Nikitha Rai insists, is unacceptable.

In a Twitter exchange with a senior fellow at the Brookings Institute, the deputy of Biden's tried to shame Barrett for those views. But Shadi Hamid fired back, "Isn't this standard position for any orthodox Catholic? ... To be fair, it's the standard position for any orthodox Muslim or Jew as well..." True, Rai agreed, but "I'd heavily prefer views like that not be elevated to the Supreme Court. But unfortunately, our current culture is still relatively intolerant. It will be a while before those types of beliefs are so taboo that they're disqualifiers... from the United States Supreme Court."

Unfortunately for the Democratic candidate, "views like that" happen to be held by a vast number of good and decent Americans. Barack Obama himself was a supporter of natural marriage until he was pushed to the Left by Rai's boss. So her suggestion that these are somehow wildly isolated or antiquated beliefs aren't just wrong -- they're harmful to the American debate. Worse, as PJ Media's Tyler O'Neil explained on "Washington Watch," radicals like Rai claim to be making these statements in the name of "tolerance." That's ironic, he argued, since it's extremely intolerant to say that you don't want anyone on the Supreme Court to hold orthodox Christian, Muslim, or Jewish views.

"It really is a conflict of worldviews," Tyler says. And this notion that Christians should be excluded and sidelined from society is happening faster than anyone would have thought. "This is something that sociology professors George Anthony and David Williamson wrote about. They have a book, So Many Christians, So Few Lions. They expose what they call Christian-phobia, which is this bias against conservative Christians, most particularly Orthodox religious people of faith. And yes, he actually has done research that shows that if somebody is, you know, has animus and hatred against conservative Christians, that leads them to support LGBT activism even when they themselves have a low opinion of LGBT people. [And this] is becoming embedded in so many parts of American culture."

At the end of the day, the far-Left doesn't want any objective standards of morality or transcendent truth. And this isn't just Rai's opinion -- but the Democratic Party's too. Who could forget the former vice president calling believers -- and anyone else who believes in the sanctity of marriage -- the "dregs of society?" This, despite the fact that a majority of states had gone on record defining marriage in their state constitutions as the union of a man and woman and even as recently as 2018 were reconsidering the damage of redefining it. To them, we are committing the "crime of prejudice" just by embracing what the Bible teaches.

That ought to be a warning sign to everyone heading into the polls to vote. Americans need to consider these things when they weigh how the two presidential candidates view people of faith. Will they be freer to live their lives according to their beliefs under Donald Trump or Joe Biden? Or will they be disqualified from public service and the public square? There couldn't be a clearer contrast.