BIG­OTRY GETS A NEW LOOK

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Imag­ine how the me­dia and lib­eral pun­dits would re­act if ei­ther of these two fic­tional events had ac­tu­ally taken place:

Sce­nario 1: Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump ques­tions the fit­ness of Con­gress­women Il­han

Omar and

Rashida Tlaib to serve in

Con­gress be­cause they are ad­her­ents of Is­lam. He de­mands they pub­licly dis­avow their faith be­cause its most in­tol­er­ant prac­ti­tion­ers re­strict women’s rights and de­mand they shield their faces from pub­lic view.

Sce­nario 2: Sen. Marco Ru­bio op­poses the mem­ber­ship of Mary­land Sen. Ben Cardin in the Se­nate For­eign Re­la­tions Com­mit­tee be­cause of his Or­tho­dox Jewish back­ground, ques­tion­ing whether he would al­low his sup­port for the state of Is­rael to out­weigh his du­ties as an Amer­i­can.

The Wash­ing­ton Post, New York Times, MSNBC and CNN would of­fer round the clock com­men­tary and talk­ing heads de­nounc­ing Repub­li­can big­otry and hate mon­ger­ing.

But where is the me­dia out­rage over the not so sub­tle jibes prom­i­nent Democrats have been mak­ing about Ro­man Catholics, Jews and evan­gel­i­cal Chris­tians?

Re­mem­ber Sen. Dianne Fe­in­stein’s ques­tion­ing of a Trump ju­di­cial nom­i­nee, Ap­peals Court Judge Amy Coney Bar­rett, sug­gest­ing her Ro­man Catholic faith might im­pact her con­sid­er­a­tion of cases in­volv­ing abor­tion rights?

The Ro­man Catholic faith pro­hibits abor­tion as mur­der, and “the dogma lives loudly in you,” Sen. Fe­in­stein told Ms. Bar­rett.

Last month, Demo­crat se­na­tors Ka­mala Har­ris and Mazie Hirono sent writ­ten ques­tions to ju­di­cial nom­i­nee Brian Buescher rais­ing his mem­ber­ship in the Knights of Colum­bus, a Catholic ser­vice or­ga­ni­za­tion.

They crit­i­cized the Knights, known for more than a cen­tury of pub­lic ser­vice and char­ity work, for op­pos­ing abor­tion and same-sex mar­riage and asked if Mr. Buescher would re­nounce the group. But the Knights’ be­liefs mir­ror the dogma of Ro­man Catholi­cism, an in­sti­tu­tion that claims more than 70 mil­lion Amer­i­cans as mem­bers.

Is­rael has be­come an­other tar­get of some of the new stars in the Demo­cratic fir­ma­ment.

Ms. Tlaib, who made head­lines on her first day in of­fice and drew a re­buke from Nancy Pelosi by us­ing a foul ad­jec­tive ac­cus­ing the pres­i­dent of car­nal knowl­edge of his mother, took to Twit­ter again last week to at­tack Is­raeli sup­port­ers in the Se­nate.

Her tar­gets this time were fel­low Demo­crat Joe Manchin of West Vir­ginia and Sen. Ru­bio. The two spon­sored a bi­par­ti­san bill to pun­ish com­pa­nies that join a pro-Pales­tinian ini­tia­tive to boycott Is­rael, force com­pa­nies to di­vest them­selves of Is­raeli as­sets and sanc­tion the coun­try.

Ms. Tlaib im­plied the men’s sup­port of Is­rael was con­trary to their duty to Amer­ica, tweet­ing “they for­got what coun­try they rep­re­sent.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders at­tacked Rus­sell Vought when he was un­der­go­ing hear­ings for the Of­fice of Man­age­ment and Bud­get be­cause as an evan­gel­i­cal Chris­tian, he be­lieves ac­cep­tance of Je­sus Christ as sav­ior is a pre­req­ui­site for spir­i­tual sal­va­tion.

As such, Mr. Vought said in a piece pub­lished by his for­mer col­lege, Mus­lims “do not know God”, a state­ment Sen. Sanders at­tacked as Is­lam­o­pho­bic.

In an ear­lier, less hys­ter­i­cal time, can­di­dates for higher of­fice were judged by their poli­cies on such is­sues as abor­tion.

Now, some lib­er­als are mea­sur­ing them by whether they be­long to main­stream re­li­gions that are the bedrock of our coun­try. Who’s next?

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