A peek un­der the tent

Belleville News-Democrat - - Opinion -

Pres­i­den­tial as­pi­rant Ka­mala Har­ris re­cently gave us a peek un­der the tent as to how it would be if she oc­cu­pied the White House. As a mem­ber of the Se­nate Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee she ha­rassed U.S. Dis­trict Court nom­i­nee Brian Buescher, a Catholic and long-time mem­ber of the Knights of Colum­bus. She felt his af­fil­i­a­tion with this Catholic fra­ter­nal or­ga­ni­za­tion with 1.9 mil­lion mem­bers im­plied that his judg­ment on is­sues like abor­tion and same sex mar­riage would be clouded. She un­abashedly attempted to tu­tor Buescher dur­ing his hear­ing, opin­ing that the Knights of Colum­bus was "op­posed to a woman's right to choose" and "mar­riage equal­ity."

Har­ris for­gets that Ar­ti­cle VI of the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion pro­hibits con­sid­er­a­tion of a per­son's faith in re­gard to fit­ness to hold a fed­eral of­fice. If re­li­gious be­liefs were a dis­qual­i­fier for a fed­eral judge­ship then who would she nom­i­nate for fed­eral judges if she were pres­i­dent?

Har­ris for­gets that five of our cur­rent Supreme Court jus­tices are Ro­man Catholic and seem to have been able to set their per- sonal opin­ions aside when dealing with these and other moral ques­tions as they re­late to the rule of law.

– Bill Malec, O’Fallon

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