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What is behind the opposition to Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination?

Amy Coney Barrett and her husband Jesse
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As Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation for the Supreme Court enters its second day, those in the media and some politicians are focussing on her religious beliefs as the basis for their attacks. Amy and her husband Jesse are Charismatic Catholics and attend a group called People of Praise.

However, this opposition may ultimately backfire as a recent poll conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy on behalf of First Liberty Institute revealed that 62% of Americans do not believe that Supreme Court justices should be asked about their faith during the confirmation process.

The poll of 1,000 Americans in early October asked if nominees should or should not be asked questions related to their faith.

In fact, only 30% of those surveyed said they should be asked about their faith with 8% stating they didn’t know.

It is interesting because it is becoming increasingly apparent that those on the political left are convinced that a person’s faith should somehow disqualify a person from holding such positions.

Those opposing her nomination are equally concerned about her view of the US Constitution. She believes in originalism which according to an article in the New York Times entitled, “Rooted in Faith, Amy Coney Barrett Represents a New Conservatism,” is defined as “the practice of interpreting the US Constitution according to what it meant when it was adopted.”

Barrett believes the constitution should be interpreted as its writers originally intended it to mean.

So what does this mean?

Citing an interview she gave in 1997 where Barrett discussed the role of government in relation to protecting citizens’ rights, the New York Times’ article added:

The sentiment was opaque but suggestive. Combined with her commitment to originalism, it indicated that she would seek to protect rights enumerated in the Constitution, like free speech and the free exercise of religion, rather than those that judges have drawn from its more general provisions, like the right to abortion.

Yes Amy believes in protecting free speech and freedom of religion as guaranteed in the US Constitution. This would send shivers down the back of many on the progressive left.

And in her closing remarks yesterday, Amy was not shy about sharing that she believed in the power of prayer.

As a final note, Mr. Chairman, I would like to thank the many Americans from all walks of life who have reached out with messages of support over the course of my nomination. I believe in the power of prayer, and it has been uplifting to hear that so many people are praying for me. I look forward to answering the Committee’s questions over the coming days. And if I am fortunate enough to be confirmed, I pledge to faithfully and impartially discharge my duties to the American people as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. Thank you.

READ: 62% say judicial nominees shouldn’t be questioned about religious beliefs: poll AND ‘I Believe in the Power of Prayer’: Here’s Amy Coney Barrett’s Entire Opening Statement at Senate Confirmation AND Rooted in Faith, Amy Coney Barrett Represents a New Conservatism

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  1. What is behind the opposition, I think … is a rejection of God (religion) and the laws He has laid down for humanity … and how they restrict the seeking of inordinate pleasures.


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