With the retirement of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy at the end of July comes an incredible opportunity for President Trump to bring a Constitution-loving conservative to the Supreme Court. And one of Trump’s top picks who fits that bill is shining brightly as she endures a vicious series of attacks from liberals and the mainstream media.
Amy Coney Barrett, a 46-year-old wife and mother of seven children, has an extensive list of qualifications for being considered one of the top legal minds in our nation, but the left has been going after what they believe to be an easy target — her faith.
Barrett is a Roman Catholic, but Democrats have taken to calling her an “Orthodox Catholic,” seemingly to paint her as a religious zealot. According to Law & Crime, Barrett herself countered that term when it was used by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) during a 2017 nomination hearing for her federal judicial service.
“I am a Catholic, Senator Durbin,” she said, pointing out that “Orthodox Catholic” isn’t a noun but an adjective — a way of simply describing that someone adheres to their faith.
Liberal news outlet Slate and the Wall Street Journal focused on a religious organization Barrett is allegedly part of, referring to it as a cult. Barrett is reportedly in the ecumenical Catholic group “People of Praise.”
“People of Praise” emphasizes people of faith acting like a community, being involved in each other’s lives and helping each other out when there’s a need. The National Review’s David French pointed out that it’s not unlike Protestant small groups and other types of close-knit evangelical communities.
Yet Slate published the writings of one blogger who called Barrett “a dangerous religious extremist who believes a federal judge can subvert the U.S. Constitution and the laws of the United States in order to promote her own religious agenda.”
Is that Barrett’s agenda? Critics, including the Democrats who scrutinized her federal judgeship last year, have gone as far back as her school assignments to try to show that her interest is not truly in the Constitution. But Barrett herself said during that hearing that her religious beliefs “would not bear on the discharge of my duties as a judge.”
What qualifications did make Barrett an attractive possibility for the Supreme Court?
Aside from being highly accomplished in the legal field — with both education and experience to draw from — French describes her as “a young, brilliant woman at the apex of her profession.”
French also calls her “a role model for Christian professionals who are committed to excellence in their careers,” implying that her religious beliefs make her a better judge rather than sullying her. He also pointed out that our nation’s founding was not divorced from faith, so it shouldn’t be strange at all to have a justice who is dedicated to her faith.
Plus, the Supreme Court is already populated by people who call themselves Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish, Quartz Media pointed out.
Of Trump’s top two picks, Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Barrett, Family Research Council president Tony Perkins believes Barrett is the better person to have in the Supreme Court if the issue of abortion comes to the forefront, Life News reported.
Even liberal publication the Daily Beast pointed out that Barrett adopted two of her seven children from Haiti, which shows that she lives what she believes in defending the dignity of human life before and after birth. They found that to be refreshingly authentic and quoted liberal Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who said that “Life experiences do influence us in good ways.”
Paired with her faith, Barrett has expressed a belief that the Constitution needs to be interpreted at its core intention, free from the hampering of liberal justices over the decades.
According to the Washington Post, she wrote five years ago that, “I tend to agree with those who say that a justice’s duty is to the Constitution and that it is thus more legitimate for her to enforce her best understanding of the Constitution rather than a precedent she thinks clearly in conflict with it.”
That lined up with what former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee told Fox News in saying, “You know what, I don’t care what the religious background is. I want a Constitutionalist. I want someone who approaches the job of justice of the Supreme Court with a very clear understanding that it’s not their job to bring their personal views to their decisions. It’s their job to look at what the words of the Constitution say.”
“They can’t separate from [their faith],” Huckabee acknowledged, saying, “I’m refreshed that Amy Coney Barrett is a person who takes her faith seriously. Good for her! I’d hate for someone to say, ‘You know, I’m a Christian, but I’m not much of one because I don’t really believe that stuff.’ Then don’t be one. I like that she’s sincere and genuine.”