There’s a dangerous tactic resurfacing in politics, mostly among lawmakers on the far left. It involves a new line of questioning coming from Democrat senators during confirmation hearings, and it has Church leaders warning lawmakers to tread carefully.
Biblical beliefs are being referred to far too often as a disqualifier for public office. In the last few years, it’s happened to Trump nominees like Mike Pompeo, Amy Coney Barrett, Russell Vought, and Neomi Rao.
“The weaponization of religion means: the use and exploitation of faith for partisan political ends, in terms of political warfare,” said Rev. Eugene Rivers, founder and director of the Seymour Institute for Black Church and Policy Studies.
Anti-Catholic Bigotry Hints at a Larger Problem
In December, Democrat Senators Kamala Harris, now a presidential candidate, and Hawaii’s Mazie Hirono questioned a federal judicial nominee about his membership in the Knights of Columbus, the well-known Catholic service organization.
They asked Brian Buescher whether he shared the groups “extremist” values and if he would be able to judge certain cases fairly.
“They were taking shots at Catholics. It doesn’t have to be the Knights of Columbus. They were taking shots at Catholics regarding pro-life and their views on marriage, OK that’s the bottom line,” Rev. Rivers said.
“This was a case of clear ideological bigotry, it was unfair and it is part of a larger problem that exists in this society,” he continued.
Rivers says members of all faiths should defend religious liberty.
“I should be free to believe in my God or to believe in no God. But in either case, I should not be subjected to some ideological test that is used as the criteria or the basis for assessing my right to engage in public life,” he said.
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