Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee Amy Coney Barrett is Part of Religious Group That Called Women ‘Handmaids’
Multiple sources tell CNN that President Donald Trumps’ nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court will be federal judge Amy Coney Barrett who was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit by Trump in 2017.
Barrett, who has only been a federal judge for three years, is a member of a small Christian group called People of Praise, reported The New York Times:
Members of the group swear a lifelong oath of loyalty, called a covenant, to one another, and are assigned and are accountable to a personal adviser, called a “head” for men and a “handmaid” for women. The group teaches that husbands are the heads of their wives and should take authority over the family.
When the TV series “The Handmaid’s Tale” started airing in 2017, the People of Praise stopped calling women “handmaids,” reports Mother Jones.
The New York Times notes that Barrett opposes abortion and the Affordable Care Act, which she would rule on as a Supreme Court justice in 2021:
She later criticized Chief Justice Roberts for his opinion preserving Mr. Obama’s Affordable Care Act, saying he went beyond the plausible meaning of the law.
Republicans are trying censor questions about Barrett’s membership to the religious group by claiming religious persecution, reports Slate:
“Liberal media already targeting Amy Coney Barrett with anti-Catholic bigotry,” the Washington Examiner proclaimed. “In SCOTUS Confirmation Fight, Expect Democrats To Embrace Anti-Catholic Bigotry,” the Federalist warned.
Sen. Ben Sasse put out a press release condemning “anti-Catholic bigotry,” while Mike Pence told ABC News that some were opposing Barrett because of “intolerance” of her Catholic faith. Laura Ingraham had stronger words: “We saw it coming for years, but with a possible Supreme Court nomination of Amy Coney Barrett, the anti-Christian and anti-Catholic bigotry within the Democratic Party is now undeniable.”