A campaign staffer for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden those who have strong religious views, such as Orthodox Catholics, Jews, and Muslims, should be disqualified from being on the Supreme Court.
Biden campaign Deputy Data Director for Pennsylvania Nikitha Rai made the suggestion on Monday, according to the National Review. The comments were made in a Twitter exchange between Rai and Brookings Institute Senior Fellow Shadi Hamid, during which Rai suggested Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett’s Catholic beliefs were problematic.
National Review reported:
Hamid had responded to a tweet that said Barrett was a trustee at a Catholic school that opposed same-sex marriage as homosexual acts are “at odds with Scripture.” Hamid replied, “Wait, why is this news? Isn’t this the standard position for any orthodox Catholic?”
“Unfortunately yes,” Rai reportedly replied.
Hamid went on to say that Orthodox Muslims and Jews also typically hold the same values.
“True,” Rai purportedly said in agreement. “I’d heavily prefer views like that not be elevated to SCOTUS, but unfortunately our current culture is still relatively intolerant. It will be awhile before those types of beliefs are so taboo that they’re disqualifiers.”
Rai has since deleted her Twitter page as well as her other social media accounts. Comedian Jeremy McLellan shared a screenshot of the reported conversation on his own page, saying, “Here’s a @JoeBiden staffer saying that orthodox Christianity, Islam, and Judaism should be made ‘taboo’ and driven from the public sphere. Beneath all the talk of ‘interfaith’ and ‘pluralism,’ this is what they really believe.”
Here’s a @JoeBiden staffer saying that orthodox Christianity, Islam, and Judaism should be made “taboo” and driven from the public sphere. Beneath all the talk of “interfaith” and “pluralism,” this is what they really believe. pic.twitter.com/PrN8S1qaLG
— Jeremy McLellan (@JeremyMcLellan) September 29, 2020
During Barrett’s Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals back in 2017, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) confronted her about her “controversial” Christian beliefs.
“Why is it that so many of us on this side have this very uncomfortable feeling that dogma and law are two different things, and I think whatever a religion is, it has its own dogma,” Feinstein said at the time. “The law is totally different. … The conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you. And that’s of concern.”
Barrett was confirmed to the 7th Circuit Court by the Senate by a vote of 55-43 on Oct. 31, 2017.
— Jason Calvi (@JasonCalvi) September 6, 2017