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Politics Arizona evangelicals back Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court seat

16:30  24 september  2020
16:30  24 september  2020 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

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GLENDALE, Arizona — Catholics eager to participate in public life once faced significant obstacles. In 1928, Democratic presidential nominee Al Smith lost badly amid anti-Catholic political attacks, and in 1960, John F. Kennedy faced some residual prejudice in his successful presidential bid.

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But that's ancient history. Wednesday's "Evangelicals for Trump" rally drew about 300 people to the Dream City Church in Glendale, Arizona. At the top of their agenda is filling the Supreme Court seat open with the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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Chants of "Fill that seat, fill that seat," broke out during remarks by Eric Trump, President Trump's middle son, who promised his father's administration would fight for religious liberty in a second term.

"We are going to fill that seat. We are going to fill that seat," the president's son said. "And I promise you my father will pick someone who protects faith in this country because the way religions are treated in this country, not just Christianity and Judaism, but the way we've been discriminated against in this country is going to stop."

The best way to protect Christians, attendees told the Washington Examiner, was to nominate Amy Coney Barrett, a finalist for the Supreme Court seat, a selection Trump is set to announce on Saturday.

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"The vacancy is exciting. I think the Republicans need to hurry up and fill it," said Margie Cook, 74, who works as a caregiver outside of Phoenix. "It's going to to help bring people to the polls, no question. If Democrats appoint judges, they're going shut down our church. Look at what's happening in California. I have friends there who can't go to church. I don't know what those churches are going to do, financially."

Much of the enthusiasm surrounding Barrett, a federal appeals court judge in Indiana, seemed dependent on name recognition. Following Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement in 2018, Trump interviewed Barrett before eventually landing on Brett Kavanaugh.

Those attending the Glendale Trump rally also cited attacks from the media and Democrats on Barrett's personal faith, starting in 2017 when she was nominated to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. During those hearings, California Sen. Dianne Feinstein latched onto Barrett's Catholic faith and attempted to make it disqualifying.

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“Why is it that so many of us on this side have this very uncomfortable feeling that, you know, dogma and law are two different things? And I think whatever a religion is, it has its own dogma,” Feinstein said in September 2017. “The law is totally different, and 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 when you come to big issues that large numbers of people have fought for for years in this country.”

Justice Clarence Thomas defended Barrett and criticized what he saw as "religious tests" emerging in the Senate confirmation process. On Tuesday, Nebraska GOP Sen. Ben Sasse said questions about Barrett's faith in recent articles by Reuters and Newsweek constituted "anti-Catholic bigotry and QAnon-level stupidity."

"Judge Barrett reads the Bible, prays, and tries to serve her community," the senator wrote in a statement. "Senators should condemn this wacky McCarthyism."

Barrett, who attended Notre Dame Law School and clerked for the late Justice Antonin Scalia, has emerged in the White House and the Senate as the leading contender to fill Ginsburg's seat.

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"[Barrett] is an incredible woman. I don't look at her as a Catholic, I look at her as a woman of faith," said Paul Peterson, 74, an Evangelical Christian who works part-time as a caregiver and substitute teacher. "Look at what they put Kavanaugh through. I hope she doesn't have to live through anything like that. But I'm sure they'll try. That whole thing was one of the worst things I've ever seen from the Democrats. I really lost faith in them after that."

The treatment of Brett Kavanaugh, who was accused of sexual misconduct back in his teenage years, was fresh on the mind of many conservatives in Arizona. Defenders of Kavanaugh say the allegations against the justice were never credible and dismissed Democratic allegations of hypocrisy about Senate Republicans for filling Ginsburg's seat weeks before Election Day while refusing to even consider President Barack Obama's final Supreme Court nominee in 2016.

"People just want to pretend that whole thing with Kavanaugh never happened. Are you kidding me? Why would Trump not fill that seat now?" said Randy Hughes, 68. "Democrats will try anything to stop Trump from getting anything done. But we remember, even if Democrats don't want us to."

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