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Seems that for Senator Dianne Feinstein, being a believing Catholic is enough to disqualify a candidate for a federal judgeship.
Feinstein stated as such at confirmation hearings for Notre Dame law professor Amy Barrett, nominated by President Trump to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Religion - Dogma - Senator - Case - Professor
"I think whatever a religion is, it has its own dogma," explained the Senator. "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 when you come to the big issues that large numbers of people have fought for years in this country."
In follow-up clarification from Feinstein's office, we learn that what's foremost on the Senator's mind is abortion.
Professor - Barrett - Judge - Faith - Cases
"Professor Barrett has argued that a judge's faith should affect how they approach certain cases. Based on this Senator Feinstein questioned her if she could separate her views from the law, particularly regarding women's reproductive rights."
But Professor Barrett is already on record, and widely quoted, that a judge should recuse himself or herself when deliberating a case that conflicts with his or her religious convictions.
Judge - Willingness - Ability - Test - Thought
Most fundamental, however, is a judge's willingness and ability to think clearly, rigorously and honestly. It is on this test -- clear, rigorous and honest thought -- we find the failure on the side of Senator Feinstein.
How is it that religious principle is "dogma," but left-wing doctrine, spontaneously emerging from the minds of men and women with certain political predispositions, is not?
Women - Rights - Come - Authority - Conclusion
"Women's reproductive rights"? Where does this come from? What exactly is the authority according to which we arrive to the conclusion, and codify into law, that a woman has a "right" to destroy her innocent unborn child? From what incontrovertible eternal truth does this absurdity emerge?
I would put it, and Feinstein's inquisition, more in the category...
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