DAILYKENN.com --Sen. Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) and Sen. Mazie Hirono (D., Hawaii) were effectively smacked down by the U.S. Senate Wednesday after making anti-Catholic statements.
At issue was the nomination of Brian Buescher — a Catholic — to serve on U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska. Apparently Harris and Hirono believe Catholics cannot be impartial due their pro-life views.
From freebeacon.com ▼ Jeffrey Cimmino
On Wednesday the Senate approved a resolution that rebuked two Democratic senators for questioning judicial nominees about their membership in the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic fraternal service organization.
The resolution, introduced by Sen. Ben Sasse (R., Neb.), affirmed "the sense of the Senate that disqualifying a nominee to federal office on the basis of membership in the Knights of Columbus violates the Constitution of the United States." The Senate proceeded to affirm the resolution without objection.
Last month, Sen. Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) and Sen. Mazie Hirono (D., Hawaii), both on the Senate Judiciary Committee, questioned a judicial nominee about his membership in the Knights of Columbus and whether it would affect his ability to fairly judge cases. Brian Buescher was nominated to serve on the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska.
Hirono sent written questions claiming "the Knights of Columbus has taken a number of extreme positions. For example, it was reportedly one of the top contributors to California’s Proposition 8 campaign to ban same-sex marriage." She also asked if Buescher would quit the group if confirmed "to avoid any appearance of bias."
Harris described the Knights as "an all-male society" in her questions, and also asked if Buescher knew the Knights "opposed a woman’s right to choose" and were against "marriage equality" when he became a member.
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