The Left’s Supreme Court-related meltdown continues as they pointlessly attack President Trump and his nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill the vacancy left by the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
First, they had a conniption over the simple fact that it is the president’s constitutional duty to fill an empty seat on the Supreme Court, an obligation which led Leftists to pull out all the stops in hopes of preventing Trump from acting—to no avail.
To show you why the president has the right, here is the exact text from Article II, Section II of the US Constitution.
“He shall have power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two-thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public ministers and Consuls, Judges of the Supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States,” it reads.
Then, after Trump swiftly nominated a well-qualified judge to fill the seat, the Left proceeded to smear Barrett’s religious leaning, as if her Catholicism has any relevancy to the Supreme Court.
And that is the point I want to make today.
Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s religion is legally a moot point in talking about whether she is qualified or should be appointed to fill the Supreme Court vacancy.
One idea that makes the United States so unique is that we do not have a national religion and every American has a constitutional right to exercise belief in any religion they choose. In fact, one of the main reasons early American settlers left Britain was to pursue religious freedom.
So, to criticize an appointee for the Supreme Court based off her religion is fundamentally un-American to say the least.
Furthermore, Article VI Clause 3 of the Constitution, otherwise known as the No Religious Test Clause, plainly states, “The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”
Any elected or appointed official within the United States government must simply fulfill their oath to supporting the Constitution with no need to pass any religious test–which is exactly what the Left would force Barrett to do.
The job of a Supreme Court Justice is to preside over cases by upholding and interpreting the Constitution, and interpreting the Constitution has nothing to do with one’s personal religious beliefs. A Justice is simply required to enforce existing law.
Amy Coney Barrett committed to this role during her nomination ceremony, where she said, “I love the United States and I love the United States Constitution.”
The Republican-majority Senate seems to approve of her devotion to the law as they are moving swiftly to get her confirmed to the nation’s highest court.
Barrett reportedly headed to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to meet with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and several other top Republican lawmakers, kicking off her confirmation process.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsay Graham has scheduled Barrett’s confirmation hearings to begin October 12th. A committee vote is set to occur on October 22nd in hopes that she will be confirmed before Election Day.