Federal judge nominee Amy Coney Barrett says religious faith comes before law, and claims the Bible takes precedent over the U.S. Constitution.
A legal watchdog group is warning that Amy Coney Barrett, Trump’s nominee for a vacancy on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, is a dangerous religious extremist that is not qualified to serve on the bench.
Recently the Alliance for Justice (AFJ) released a scathing report on Barrett, a professor at the Notre Dame Law School. According to the report, Barrett believes that “judges should be bound by their religious faith, not the law.”
The report notes:
As a judge, Barrett could be expected to put her personal beliefs ahead of the law. She wrote specifically about the duty of judges to put their faith above the law in an article entitled “Catholic Judges in Capital Cases.” Among other things, she strongly criticized Justice William Brennan’s statement about faith, in which he said that he took an oath to uphold the law, and that “there isn’t any obligation of our faith superior” to that oath. In response, Barrett wrote: “We do not defend this position as the proper response for a Catholic judge to take with respect to abortion or the death penalty.”
Concerning the Barrett judicial nomination, AFJ President Nan Aron released the following statement:
Amy Coney Barrett is a judicial nominee the likes of which we have rarely seen: a person who believes and has stated that judges can and should put their personal beliefs ahead of the law and Constitution when carrying out their duties. Specifically, Barrett has written that judges should put their religious faith ahead of the law in certain cases. She also has written that judges should not have to abide by precedent if they disagree with how past cases were decided. These views are so contrary to our system of democracy and justice that, in our view, they clearly disqualify her for the federal bench.
IndyStar reports on Barrett’s background:
Amy Coney Barrett, who once clerked for the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, currently serves as the Diane and M.O. Miller II Research Professor of Law at the Notre Dame University Law School.