Joe Biden Staffer Suggests Orthodox Catholics, Jews and Muslims Shouldn’t Be on Supreme Court

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by Mary Margaret Olohan

 

One of Joe Biden’s staffers suggested Monday that Orthodox Catholics, Jews, and Muslims should be disqualified from serving on the Supreme Court due to their “intolerant” views.

Biden campaign Deputy Data Director Nikitha Rai criticized Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett’s religious views in a Twitter conversation Monday night with Brookings Institute Senior Fellow Shadi Hamid.

“Wait, why is this news? Isn’t this the standard position for any orthodox Catholic?” Hamid asked about a tweet saying that Barrett was a trustee at a Catholic school that opposed same-sex marriage and said homosexual acts are “at odds with Scripture.”

“Unfortunately yes,” Rai responded.

Hamid noted that Orthodox Muslims and Jews also share this belief, to which Rai replied, “True. I’d heavily prefer views like that not be elevated to SCOTUS, but unfortunately our current culture is relatively intolerant. It will be awhile before those types of beliefs are so taboo that they’re disqualifiers.”

Rai has since locked her Twitter account. She did not respond to a request for comment from the Daily Caller News Foundation and blocked the DCNF from sending her further messages.

Biden frequently references his own Catholic faith and media often calls Biden a “devout Catholic.” Critics note that Biden supports policies that are explicitly opposed to Catholic teaching, such as abortion and same-sex marriage.

The Biden campaign similarly did not respond to requests for comment on Rai’s remarks.

Her comments come amid criticism of Barrett’s faith. Barrett’s 2017 confirmation hearings gained national attention when some Democrats suggested that her Catholicism made her unfit to serve as a judge, and more recently, critics have called Barrett’s Catholic faith “extreme” and cult-like.

Media outlets have also attempted to link a Catholic group associated with Barrett to the fictional dystopian novel “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

“Why is it that so many of us on this side have this very uncomfortable feeling that dogma and law are two different things, and I think whatever a religion is, it has its own dogma. The law is totally different,” Democratic California Sen. Dianne Feinstein told Barrett when she came before the Senate Judiciary Committee in September 2017.

“The conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you,” Feinstein added. “And that’s of concern.”

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Mary Margaret Olohan is a reporter for the Daily Caller News Foundation.
Photos “Amy Coney Barrett” by Rachel Malehorn CC BY 3.0 and “Tweets” by Jeremy McLellan Twitter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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3 Thoughts to “Joe Biden Staffer Suggests Orthodox Catholics, Jews and Muslims Shouldn’t Be on Supreme Court”

  1. Ray

    Just like an intolerant leftist to propose a religious test. She probably doesn’t realise that her Atheism is itself a religious belief, one for which there is even less evidence than an ancient text that has withstood millennia of wannabe sharpshooters like Ms. Rai.

  2. Quader

    If Ms Rai is commenting on behalf of the Biden campaign then questions should be directed to the campaign. However, if Ms Rai is voicing a personal opinion then she needs to shut it down because of the prejudiced nature of her comment about Orthodox Catholics, Jews and Muslims. It’s ridiculous for anyone especially her as a member of the Biden campaign, to be voicing such opinions on supposed intolerance when she should be practicing it herself.

    1. mikey whipwreck

      liberals are the most intolerant people around. they only tolerate their own opinion.

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