The Trump appointee that Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) attempted to put a religious litmus test on when she declared "the dogma lives loudly with you," has finally been confirmed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed by 55-43 vote, unsurprisingly along party lines.
Upon hearing news that Feinstein and the Democrats failed to keep Amy Coney Barrett from serving in the judiciary, Catholics and pro-lifers responded with joy.
“Amy Coney Barrett will make an excellent judge, and we welcome her confirmation despite unprecedented and unconstitutional attacks on her faith,” said Ashley McGuire, senior fellow with The Catholic Association. “Catholics were alarmed by the anti-Catholic bigotry on display from Democrats during her hearings, but her confirmation is a testament to the enduring constitutional principle that there can be no religious test for office.”
Barrett became a champion for faithful Catholics everywhere when Sen. Dianne Feinstein questioned if she could serve in the judiciary due to her Catholic convictions regarding abortion and traditional marriage.
“I think in your case, professor, when you read your speeches, the conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you. And that’s of concern,” Feinstein stated.
Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota similarly questioned Barrett's competence when he called her “irresponsible” for accepting an opportunity to teach as part of a fellowship program with Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF).
“I mean, this is a group that fights against equal treatment of LGBT people; this is a group which calls for the sterilization of transgender people abroad,” Franken falsely asserted.
ADF spokeswoman Kerri Kupec debunked this smear tactic in an interview with The Daily Signal, saying that Franken simply repeated the Southern Poverty Law Center’s slander against ADF’s international affiliate and that they would "never condone government-compelled sterilization, as he alleged."
Americans United for Life have equally welcomed Barrett's confirmation, saying her scholarship has “demonstrated her dedication to preserving the originalist legacy of her former boss, the late Justice Antonin Scalia.”
The Susan B. Anthony List called Barrett's confirmation “a victory for the pro-life movement as well as for the fundamental freedom of all Americans to live out their faith in the public square.”
"We thank President Trump for keeping his promise to nominate judges who will respect the Constitution and not impose a pro-abortion agenda from the bench," SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser added. "We also thank Leader McConnell and Sen. Grassley for their commitment to getting these excellent judges confirmed.”