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Amy Coney Barrett is No Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Is Judge Amy Coney Barrett tied to a far-right religious cult?

RBG was a leading voice for gender equality, women's interests, and civil rights and liberties. Barrett is not expected to fill her shoes.

(SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.) - Trump has nominated Seventh Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett to replace Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg as justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Senate vetting process must include an exploration of Judge Barrett's membership in the People of Praise, a charismatic Christian group with a highly authoritarian internal structure and known for the submissive role played by women, some of whom were called “handmaids,” now called “a woman leader.”

Remember Margaret Atwood’s book The Handmaid’s Tale? Pope Francis has warned such groups against the temptation of “usurping individual freedom” of their members.

A former People of Praise member, Coral Theill, calls the group a cult and has been strongly critical of the group. She allegedly suffered “abuse and torture” while a member, stating in an interview that women are expected to be completely obedient to men and independent thinkers are “humiliated, interrogated, shamed and shunned.”

Judge Barrett is certainly no RBG, who was a leading voice for gender equality, women's interests, and civil rights and liberties.

Trump’s nomination of Judge Barrett dishonors RBG's memory and ignores her "most fervent wish” that she not be replaced until a new president is installed.

At issue is Judge Barrett’s independence as a Supreme Court justice at this critical time. Will Judge Barrett's loyalty to People of Praise supersede her oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States? And has Judge Barrett pledged loyalty to Trump? These are legitimate lines of inquiry for Senators.


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Anonymous November 25, 2020 11:45 pm (Pacific time)

That is true. Amy actually follows the constitution.

Ralph E. Stone November 2, 2020 4:06 pm (Pacific time)

Charles, What qualifications? She has only 2 years in private practice; never tried a case; never argued an appeal; never argued before the Supreme Court; Most private work involved civil cases, not criminal cases; and never served as a judge until 2017.

Anonymous October 20, 2020 1:45 am (Pacific time)

That’s true. She will actually follow the constitution

Charles October 13, 2020 6:19 am (Pacific time)

America should be honored that someone with Judge Amy Coney Barrett's qualifications would consider setting on the Supreme Court as a justice. As for her loyalty to the President, her appointment is for a lifetime. I doubt Donald Trump serves as President that long. But I wish he could. The Senate has the legal responsibility to act now. Let's hope the Democrat senators don't turn it into a circus of lies, as with Judge Kavanaugh.

Susan October 6, 2020 8:34 am (Pacific time)

I don't understand why she is referred to as 'Amy Coney Barett' instead of just Amy Barrett. It seems like a ploy to make her have more in common with RBG.

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