BIGOTRY GETS A NEW LOOK
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
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?