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Hawley and Sasse Unleash On Harris, Democrats, Media For Treatment Of Barrett

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Republican senators Josh Hawley and Ben Sasse criticized Democratic and media treatment of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett Monday morning. Both senators decried attacks on Barrett’s Catholic faith and said that religious freedom is a fundamental American principle that has come under attack from Democrats. “This committee isn’t in the business of deciding whether the dogma lives too loudly within someone,” Sasse said. “This committee isn’t in the business of deciding which religious beliefs are good and which religious beliefs are bad and which religious beliefs are weird.”

Republican senators Josh Hawley and Ben Sasse criticized Democratic and media treatment of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett Monday morning.

Both senators decried attacks on Barrett’s Catholic faith leading up to her confirmation hearings, which began Monday on Capitol Hill.

“We’ve gotten to read a lot about you in the press and in particular about your religious beliefs,” Hawley told Barrett. “One attack after another in the liberal media. One hit piece after another. Many echoed by members of this committee.”

He continued: “We’ve read stories about your Catholic lifestyle. Stories about how you raise your children. Stories about how you adopted your children. Stories about your Catholic doctrinal beliefs, over and over and over questioning whether you have, I guess, the independence to be a justice on the United States Supreme Court.”

Hawley said that 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden’s running mate Kamala Harris suggested that Brian Buescher was unfit to serve as a federal judge due to his association with the Catholic Knights of Columbus.

“That’s right, you heard me correctly,” he said. “Senator Harris and others on this committee have repeatedly questioned judicial nominees fitness for office because of their membership in the Knights of Columbus.”

Hawley also noted that Democratic California Sen. Dianne Feinstein told Barrett, “The dogma lives loudly within you, and that’s of concern,” saying that Feinstein’s comments referenced antiquated “terminology of anti-Catholic bigo… (Read more)