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Will Amy Coney Barrett’s religious beliefs inform her judicial philosophy?

In late September 2020 Donald Trump nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States following the death of Ruth Bader Ginsberg. The democratic party were outraged at this as it is the shortest period between a nomination for the supreme court and a presidential election in US history, and saw this as Trump’s attempt to quickly pack the court with a conservative judge. Democrats are worried that Amy Coney Barrett’s religious views will inform her judicial philosophy and push the Supreme Court much further right. Will Amy Coney Barrett’s religious beliefs undermine the Supreme Courts ability to objectively uphold the US constitution if her nomination succeeds?
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Democrats need to fight her questionable placement
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Yes, but she is entitled to
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Maybe an attempt to influence the election
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Yes, she is no ordinary Christian
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Democrats need to fight her questionable placement

Her nomination should be turned down due to her questionable circumstances, past precedents, and the question of impartiality, but most of all, she should not have been appointed this is a complete double standard. Following the death of Supreme Court Judge Antonin Scalia in 2016 the Republican majority Senate under then and current leader Mitch McConnell refused to consider any nominee to the Supreme Court that Obama put forward, arguing the next president should fill the position. The shoe is now literally on the other foot and the republicans are trying to push through Coney Barrett despite the much shorter timescale. Hypocrisy aside Coney Barrett also has a worrying track record, clearing a police officer for the death of a black teenager because breathing isn't a constitutional right, Democrats should fight tooth and nail to repeal her placement in the Supreme Court.

courier-journal.com/story/news/politics/2020/09/21/mitch-mcconnell-theres-enough-time-confirm-supreme-court-justice/5857046002 chicagotribune.com/nation-world/ct-nw-amy-coney-barrett-supreme-court-confirmation-hearings-updates-20201013-xyrr32w4vjggnbfvfppsoc2tzm-story.html theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/10/originalism-barrett/616844 theroot.com/unqualified-impunity-amy-coney-barrett-once-ruled-that-1845429637

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Yes, but she is entitled to

The history of her judicial philosophy can be determined from were writings and speeches, she has clearly stated she is an "originalist" and a "textualists", concerned with the wording of the constitution in the time it was written, and vows to uphold the constitution to the letter and changes of the law need to be made through amendments. However many in the supreme court and in the country in general are “living constitutionalists” believing the constitution is open to interpretation, but if Coney Barrett's critics are entitled to their interpretation isn't Coney Barrett also? Those that oppose Amy Coney Barrett should either believe her claims to stick to the original text of the constitution or give her some room to interpret the living constitution. The left are just panicking that Barrett, if confirmed, will lead the Supreme Court to repeal Roe v. Wade, and so are exaggerating the threat she poses.

latimes.com/opinion/readersreact/la-ol-le-feinstein-trump-nominee-catholic-20170917-story.html humanevents.com/2019/09/19/amy-coney-barrett-is-not-a-safe-pick-for-the-supreme-court washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/the-judicial-philosophy-of-amy-coney-barrett

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Amy Coney Barrett is a professional with an amazing record, and has openly spoken out against letting her faith inform her judicial outlook, saying, “it’s not the law of Amy... It’s the law of the American people” [1]. The attack on Coney Barrett is just a repetition of the ordeal Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Bret Kavanaugh was subject to in 2018, a spiteful character assassination based on questionable sexual harassment allegations, but this time it's very ugly smear based on her religion. In this way Democrats are projecting their "living constitution" judicial philosophy onto Amy Coney Barrett, despite the fact that she has openly vowed to uphold the constitution without an agenda.

foxnews.com/opinion/amy-coney-barrett-judicial-philosophy-democrats-curt-levey [1] chicagotribune.com/nation-world/ct-nw-amy-coney-barrett-supreme-court-confirmation-hearings-updates-20201013-xyrr32w4vjggnbfvfppsoc2tzm-story.html redstate.com/bonchie/2020/10/08/bigoted-amy-coney-barrett-attacks-being-pushed-n261778

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Maybe an attempt to influence the election

Prior to the 2020 presidential election, the US election had been widely expected to be contested in court no matter who won, Trump has openly claimed to be ready to contest and the final result is thought to be likely to drag on until inauguration day in January 2021. Some believe the rushed installation of Amy Coney Barrett before the election could be part of an effort to sway the Supreme Court slightly more in Donald Trump's favour in the case of a contested election. Nancy Pelosi has called Amy Coney Barrett an illegitimate Supreme Court justice, and if she was put forward in this case this would represent an severe erosion of American democracy in an increasingly aggressive political climate.

jconline.com/story/news/2020/09/28/supreme-court-nomination-amy-coney-barrett-confirmation-affect-election/3557673001 thestar.com/news/world/us/2020/10/23/what-happens-if-the-us-election-is-contested.html independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-election/trump-supreme-court-2020-election-president-b559674.html thehill.com/homenews/house/524259-pelosi-amy-coney-barrett-an-illegitimate-supreme-court-justice

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Yes, she is no ordinary Christian

Democrats are right to be worried that Amy Coney Barrett’s religious views will inform her judicial philosophy and push the Supreme Court much further right, as she is a member of “People of Praise”. People of Praise is a Catholic Charismatic Renewal sect that practices speaking in tongues and divides men and women when worshipping, beyond the norms of mainstream Catholicism. So Coney Barrett’s faith is not simply a matter of the family or culture she is from but a fundamentalist sect she has sought out to join. Her faith is therefore likely to be a larger part of her identity, how she views the world, how she will interpret the constitution and therefore how she would rule in the Supreme Court. She has also refused to answer whether she would weigh in on any election-related cases involving Donald Trump, her appointment is a worry for both democrats and democracy.

theguardian.com/us-news/2020/oct/21/amy-coney-barrett-people-of-praise-trauma-abuse?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

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https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/oct/21/amy-coney-barrett-people-of-praise-trauma-abuse?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other
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