Onenewsnow.com There is a long history of anti-Catholic animus in the U.S. Senate, and now two powerful liberal Democrats are continuing that legacy.
Sen. Kamala Harris and Sen. Mazie Hirono are vocally opposing the nomination of Brian Buescher to be a federal judge because he is Catholic.
In written questions to Buescher, Hirono questioned his membership in the Knights of Columbus, the well-known Catholic men’s group with two million members that is known for its charity work. She asked if he plans to drop out because the organization supports biblical marriage.
“You have a moral duty to consider abortion to be illlegal,” the Hawaii senator told him at the November hearing. “So if you have any cases before you that raise the question of a woman’s right to choose, would you recuse yourself?”
In her written questions, Harris also noted Buescher’s Knights membership and asked if he knew it was a pro-life organization when he joined, an odd question since a pro-life stance is a bedrock belief in the Catholic Church.
A year before Buescher was grilled, political observers were shocked in 2017 when judicial nominee Amy Coney Barrett (pictured at top) was told the “dogma lives loudly within you” by Sen. Dianne Feinstein in a Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing last fall.
Writing at National Review, attorney Carrie Severino of the Judicial Crisis Network described Barrett’s questioning as well as questions posed to six other judicial nominees — all people of faith — by Democratic senators.
Such questions, she writes, violate the U.S. Constitution’s Article VI that prohibits a “religious test” for any public office in the United States.
Austin Ruse of the Center for Family and Human Rights says the questioning should worry all people of faith, not just Catholics.
“These two senators are showing what is increasingly becoming the mainstream and highly radical face of the Democrat party,” he tells OneNewsNow.
There was once a “welcoming embrace” of conservative Catholics in the Democratic Party, he points out, and more people should wake up to what is happening.