DAILYKENN.com -- Roger Williams was the American colonist who introduced religious liberty to our culture. Prior to Williams' founding of Rhode Island, colonies were drawn along religious lines.
Democrats seem to have forgotten Williams and the value of religious liberty, choosing instead to make religious affiliation a qualification test for the judiciary.
Specifically, Democrats bemoaned the nomination of Brian Buescher to the U.S. District Court in Nebraska. Buescher is being demonized for belonging to The Knights of Columbus, a Catholic fraternity.
Democrats have little problem endorsing Muslims and members of other extremists religious groups. Catholics, however, have a long tradition of family values, supporting life, and opposing homosexuality.
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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, appeared to accuse fellow Democrats of stoking “religious bigotry” this week for their questioning of a Trump judicial pick’s Knights of Columbus membership.
“While I oppose the nomination of Brian Buescher to the U.S. District Court in Nebraska, I stand strongly against those who are fomenting religious bigotry, citing as disqualifiers Buescher’s Catholicism and his affiliation with the Knights of Columbus,” Gabbard said in an op-ed for The Hill on Tuesday.
Sens. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, raised concerns about lawyer Buescher's membership in the Catholic organization as part of the Senate Judiciary Committee's review of his nomination by President Trump to sit on the U.S. District Court in Nebraska.
As first reported by the Catholic News Agency, Hirono asked whether his membership in the Knights of Columbus would prevent him from hearing cases “fairly and impartially” and, if confirmed, whether he would end his membership in the charitable organization.
“The Knights of Columbus has taken a number of extreme positions,” Hirono said in the questionnaire. “For example, it was reportedly one of the top contributors to California’s Proposition 8 campaign to ban same-sex marriage.”
Harris, in her questions to the nominee, called the Knights of Columbus “an all-male society” and asked the Nebraska lawyer if he was aware that the group was anti-abortion and anti-gay marriage when he joined. The Catholic Church has opposed both abortion and gay marriage for centuries.
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