I taught and worked with Amy Coney Barrett. Here’s what people get wrong about her faith. By John Garvey, president of the Catholic University of America, a former dean of the Boston College Law School and a former president of the Association of American Law Schools.
The idea that religion provides an anchor for leading a moral life has been blown to bits by America’s experience under Donald Trump and his Republican “Christian” know-nothings. My questions: How in God’s name can anyone claim to be a Christian and support a President who lives in willful, even gleeful defiance of two of God’s commandments, the ones that say thou shalt not bear false witness or commit adultery? And quote me at least three Trump tweets that reflect the spirit of “love thy neighbor as thyself.”
I’ll avoid philosophy and theology and get down to facts about why I oppose people like Amy Barrett being appointed judges, much less SCOTUS justices. I grew up in the South when segregation reigned supreme. Every rabid segregationist who ever lived thought like Barrett. Every one of them believed that the Holy Spirit moved within them and instructed them to maintain segregation and discrimination against blacks. Every segregationist attended church on Sunday and believed God and Jesus approved what they were doing.
Every segregationist was a self-righteous prick who believed they inhabited some moral universe beyond the understanding of ordinary human beings. Not a single one of them had enough brains to figure out they were a hypocrite who was using religion to legitimize their hateful, wrongful, criminal acts.
See those people gathered around a lynched black man laughing and smiling, or wielding a club to beat the hell out of people on the Edmund Pettus bridge? God-fearing, Jesus-loving Christians all.
Want to know who else thought like Amy Barrett? Try the Nazis and Germans who sent 6 million human beings to concentration camps and the gas chambers because Jesus told them it was OK. Same for people who hunted down witches and burned them at the stake. (God in the Bible explicitly instructs his followers to do so). Same for those who carried out the Inquisition.
I do not understand this recusal stuff. The United States Constitution explicitly forbids decisions based on someone’s religious beliefs. Why would anyone who believes their choices are ipso facto the will of God be a judge to begin with? Could someone be a Communist and be appointed to the SCOTUS, declaring to recuse themselves when a case involved Communists? A member of the American Nazi Party? A member of the Ku Klux Klan?
Our Founding Fathers knew what they were doing. Listen to them.