Sen. Dianne Feinstein sparked a cultural firestorm last week when she cross-examined judicial nominee Amy Coney Barrett, a Notre Dame law professor and Catholic mother of seven, saying with disapproval that “the dogma lives loudly within you.”
When Feinstein called Barrett’s nomination to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals “controversial,” the message to Catholics and other religious Americans was clear: Faith is a problem if you want to serve in public office. “The danger here is the increasingly hostile attitude toward faith,” Glenn said on radio Monday.
Another person of faith recently faced a similar situation when Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) questioned Russell Vought on whether or not he was suited to serve as deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget because he is a Christian.
Glenn reminded everyone that faith has been important since the beginning of our country.
“It ‘lived loudly’ with all of our founders,” he said. “It lived loudly in Abraham Lincoln. The question is today, ‘Can you be a person of faith and serve your nation?’”
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This is a rush transcript and may contain errors.
GLENN: The Constitution will save us all because dogma lives loudly within you.
Dogma lives loudly within you. That’s what Senator Dianne Feinstein told a nominee for the judgeship on the Seventh Circuit.
Amy Barrett is a Notre Dame law professor, mother of seven. God forbid she’s also a Catholic.
Her Catholicism came up a number of times during her hearing last week, but none of it was as disturbing as Feinstein’s line of questioning.
VOICE: 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. 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.
VOICE: And that’s of concern, when you come to big issues that large numbers of people have fought for, for years in this country.
GLENN: Wow. The dogma lives loudly within you.
Well, it lived loudly with all of our Founders. It lived loudly in Abraham Lincoln. The question is, today, can you be a person of faith and serve your nation?
Can you serve on one of the nation’s highest courts? Can you serve at all?
Can you be both a constitutionally illiterate person and serve in the United States Senate? Apparently the answer there is yes.
These lines of questioning, they’re not new. The truth is, they say more about the dogmatic views of the senators that ask them. But make no mistake, there’s no difference between this question and, have you ever been or are you now a member of the Communist Party?
You see, Amy Barrett’s real sin here is not her Catholic faith. It’s that her personal view disagrees with the senator’s dogma. Her personal view, specifically abortion.
The danger here is the increasingly hostile attitude toward faith. Or if I can — let’s just — let’s call a spade a spade. Religious bigotry.
Unfortunately, that is the dogma that seems to live in the hearts of far too many in Washington.