Democrats and ‘Dogma’

9/8/2017   ‘Why is it that so many of us on this side have this very uncomfortable feeling that — you know, 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 when you come to big issues that large numbers of people have fought for years in this country.”

Thus did California Sen. Dianne Feinstein pronounce on Wednesday that, by virtue of being a faithful Catholic, Amy Barrett, a respected law professor at Notre Dame, may have excluded herself from a federal judgeship. President Trump has nominated Ms. Barrett for the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. But the Democratic obsession with Ms. Barrett’s religion transformed what should have been a routine Senate confirmation hearing into a tour of the mind of the modern secular left.

The ugly implication of Mrs. Feinstein’s words is underscored by the context. She deployed them to suggest Ms. Barrett’s faith would lead her to substitute her personal beliefs for the law, basing the accusation primarily on a law review article Ms. Barrett wrote in 1998 as a law clerk.

Ms. Barrett and her co-author explicitly reached the opposite conclusion: “Judges cannot — nor should they try to — align our legal system with the Church’s moral teaching whenever the two diverge.”

The question addressed by the law review article was what Catholic judges ought to do when they conclude they cannot in good conscience apply the law as written because it clashes with their own moral views. If she was rattled by the question, Sen. Feinstein ought to have been reassured by the answer Ms. Barrett gave: They should recuse themselves.

David Rivkin, a constitutional litigator, says “the tenor of questions by Democrat Senators seemed designed more to challenge the ideas of Catholic orthodoxy — a subject more fitting for a theological debate than a Senate hearing.”

Proving Mr. Rivkin’s point. Sen. Dick Durbin jumped in to demand of Ms. Barrett: “Do you consider yourself an orthodox Catholic?” Does Mr. Durbin understand that he sounds like the Southern Baptist ministers in 1960 who thought Jack Kennedy shouldn’t be President because he’d take orders from the pope?

This questioning is part of a broader effort on the left to disqualify people with strong religious views from the public square. Ms. Feinstein’s smear about Ms. Barrett’s “dogma” dovetails with the left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center‘s effort to label any outfit that doesn’t go along with its agenda a “hate group.”

Sen. Al Franken, the great legal philosopher, wrapped it all up nicely by accusing Ms. Barrett of having appeared before a “hate” group. He was referring to the Alliance Defending Freedom, a religious liberty outfit that the Southern Poverty Law Center designated a hate group because it adheres to traditional views about human sexuality and marriage.

As for judges imposing dogma over the law, it’s worth noting that not all dogmas are religious. Democratic interest groups are explicit in demanding that Democratic judicial nominees be committed to overturning Citizens United‘s defense of free speech while brooking no modification in Roe v. Wade.

Let’s hope the Senate rejects the bigotry that marred Wednesday’s hearing and approves the eminently qualified Ms. Barrett for the Seventh Circuit. The federal bench could use more judges who understand their civic duty as well as Ms. Barrett does.

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Ed Gillespie recently joined Congressman Tom Garrett for a barbecue Roslyn Farm in Albemarle County to meet dozens of local supporters and to spread his message for the Commonwealth.
Gillespie outlined critical contrasts between his vision and that of his opponent.  Did you know that Ralph Northam cast the tie-breaking vote against banning sanctuary cities in Virginia?  The choice in clear in November–let’s do all we can to elect Ed Gillespie.


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Saturday, September 9th, 8:30am
ACRC Headquarters – 2132 Berkmar Drive
$5 per person – coffee and breakfast pastriesJoin us for a timely update from and discussion with:
Robert Tracci
Albemarle Commonwealth’s Attorney
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ACRWL: Red White & Blue Picnic: Saturday, September 23, 2017

2017 Election Season Kick-Off

Join us for Bar-B-Que – 1:00pm
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LOCATION: Thompson-Hall FOP Lodge #5 – Outside (Indoors if raining.)
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Virginia Rep. Thomas Garrett condemns white supremacists

Virginia Rep. Thomas Garrett on Saturday expressed dismay, shock, and anger at the racial violence tearing apart his city of Charlottesville, and condemned the driver of a car that plowed into a crowd of protesters, killing one person.

“Doctor [Martin Luther King] longed for a society where we judge people on the content of their character, not the color of their skin,” the Republican lawmaker told Fox News, while condemning the white supremacists and neo Nazis who flooded into his town this weekend. “These clowns didn’t get the memo.”

“These people are not from here,” he also said. “They’re from all over the country. It blows my mind that this many racist bigots actually exist in this country…how can you argue with all men are created equal, how can you argue with judging a person by their character content and not the color of their skin? What is wrong with these people? I can’t figure it out.”

And the supremacists, said Garrett, do not reflect “who we are as Americans.”

Garrett, speaking before and after President Donald Trump’s comments on the Charlottesville incidents, said that he does believe the car attack is an “act of political terrorism, no different than the shooting at the baseball diamond.”

The white nationalists in Charlottesville, he also said, do not represent what America is supposed to be.

“I respect their right to speak,” said Garrett. “They don’t have any right to perpetrate violence on other fellow citizens. There’s no defending that.”

Before Trump spoke, Garrett said he does not know where the large numbers of white supremacists who showed up in his city came from.

“I do think we have tried to ignore the clowns,” said Garrett, noting he agrees with Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who tweeted Saturday that the “haters” are “agitators in search of relevance and publicity for a vile cause very few people support,” and that they could not be ignored, but it is also important not to “give them relevance they crave.”

The white nationalists are a tiny fraction of a minority and they feed on attention,  said Garrett. “It can’t be ignored, in the city were Thomas Jefferson lived when he drafted the Declaration of Independence and observed all people are created equal.”

One person has been killed as a result of the violent clashes, and Garrett said that the victims of the car that crashed into a crowd are victims of “racist violence” and are his constituents.

Garrett said he considers Charlottesville to be the “best congressional district in the nation,” whose first congressman was the person who drafted the Constitution, James Madison.

“Thomas Jefferson, who drafted the Declaration of Independence lived in this district,” said Garrett.” Chief Justice Thurgood Marshall retired in this district. [Ulysses S.] Grant ended the Civil War in this district, and the young girl, a 16-year-old named Barbara Johnson walked out of a racist school system to start this civil rights movement in the fifth district.”

President George H. W. Bush and President George W. Bush issue joint statement denouncing bigotry

“America must always reject racial bigotry, anti-Semitism, and hatred in all forms. As we pray for Charlottesville, we are reminded of the fundamental truths recorded by that city’s most prominent citizen in the Declaration of Independence: we are all created equal and endowed by our Creator with unalienable rights. We know these truths to be everlasting because we have seen the decency and greatness of our country.”

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