Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein stated to the professor, “The dogma lives loudly within you and that’s of concern when you come to big issues.” This accusation was despite the professor’s published opinion, “Judges cannot — nor should they try to — align our legal system with the church’s moral teaching.”
Subsequently Sen. Dick Durbin, D- Illinois, demanded, “Do you consider yourself an Orthodox Catholic?”
These questions represent a religious test in unabashed disregard for Article VI of the Constitution, “No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.”
The senators seem to be either unaware or not concerned that their questions are eerily reminiscent of previously widespread anti-Catholic bigotry in this country. The KKK figured prominently in Democratic politics in the 1920s and carried on widespread attacks on Catholic candidates such as Al Smith. In 1960 many objected to John F. Kennedy, claiming that he would take orders from the pope.
Clearly there is dogma on display and it is not by professor Barrett. Those of all religious and secular beliefs must come together to oppose this Democratic Party dogma.