Amy Coney Barrett: Nomination Praised by Religious Conservatives
Judge Amy Coney Barrett was nominated by President Donald Trump to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court.
On Saturday, President Trump officially nominated Barrett to fill the Supreme Court. The move immediately earned praise from the religious conservatives, who have been supporting Barrett for years.
On Saturday, senior fellow for the Catholic Association, Maureen Ferguson called Amy Coney Barrett, an "esteemed constitutional scholar." In a statement to Fox News, Ferguson said that Americans would get to know an extraordinary woman in the hearings. Barett is also described as an independent and principled judge and a loving mother.
"She is a professional woman of the highest caliber, and Democrats in the upcoming hearings would do well to recognize her legal accomplishments and examine her record fairly, rather than attack her faith as they did during her confirmation to the 7th Circuit."
Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., told Barrett, "Law and dogma are two different things. I think whatever a religion is, it has its dogma. The law is 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."
On the other hand, Senator Dick Durbin, D-III asked Barrett whether she considers herself an "orthodox Catholic."
Amy Coney Barrett responded by saying if Durbin is asking whether she takes her Catholic faith seriously. Barrett said she does. But she would stress her church affiliation or her religious belief would not bear on her duties as a judge.
Meanwhile, democratic vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris tweeted that the Republicans "intend to destroy the Affordable Care Act & overturn Roe" with Judge Barrett's nomination to the Supreme Court. However, many anti-abortion conservatives embrace Barrett's nomination, as per Fox News.
President of March for Life, Jeanne Mancini, told Fox News in a statement, "We have confidence that she will fairly apply the law and Constitution as written, which includes protecting the most vulnerable in our nation: our unborn children." Mancini added that Amy Coney Barrett, for sure, has the support of pro-life Americans who knows better than anyone else, the danger if activists judge..
Barrett clerked for the late Justice Antonin Scalia after law school. On Saturday, Barett said that Scalia had an "incalculable influence" on her life. She also noted that Scalia taught her to set aside her policy views when implementing the law.
Amy Coney Barrett, a devout Catholic, taught at Notre Dame University Law School for several years. This week, Barrett's religious beliefs saw fresh scrutiny in the lead-up to her nomination. Multiple outlets such as Newsweek and Reuters published stories about Peoples of Praise, a Christian group that Barrett reported to belong to.
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