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Catholics Need Not Apply: Conservative Group Floods Airwaves After ‘DogmaGate’

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The Judicial Crisis Network (JCN), a conservative advocacy organization, launched a national 10-day advertising blitz Friday, ridiculing Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee for scrutinizing the religious beliefs of a judicial nominee.

Notre Dame Law School Professor Amy Coney Barrett appeared before the committee in early September in connection with her nomination to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Barrett is a Roman Catholic who has written about faith in public life and spoken to Christian legal groups in her capacity as an academic. In advance of the hearing, left-wing interest groups falsely asserted that Barrett has advocated for the supremacy of faith over case law where the two conflict, prompting committee Democrats, including Sens. Dianne Feinstein, Dick Durbin, and Mazie Hirono, to express concern about her religious convictions.

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“Feinstein was fundamentally at odds with our constitutional commitment to religious freedom, not to mention politically tone-deaf,” said Carrie Severino, chief counsel for the Judicial Crisis Network. “More than one out of every five Americans is Catholic, and that includes a growing Latino population. A nominee’s faith should have nothing to do with his or her qualifications to be a federal judge. Period.”

After the hearing, Senate Democrats countered that Barrett has fashioned herself something of an expert on the religious obligations of judges, warranting questions about her views.

JCN put six figures behind the ad buy, which will run nationwide on digital platforms through the end of the month.

Prior to joining the faculty at Notre Dame Law School, Barrett worked in private practices and clerked on the Supreme Court for the late Justice Antonin Scalia. She has written more than a dozen scholarly articles on law, and delivered lectures in various public fora for over a decade.

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