Catholic Paper Opposes Amy Barrett’s Nomination In Scathing Editorial

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"Americans deserve better than a relativist dressed in originalist drag."

The National Catholic Reporter Editorial Staff called on the Senate to reject Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, writing in a scathing editorial on Wednesday that Barrett is “a relativist dressed in originalist drag.”

  • “We believed it was wrong for the Senate to consider this nomination in the first place given the precedent set four years ago when Justice Antonin Scalia died in February, nine months before the election,” the editorial staff wrote.
  • “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to even hold hearings on the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland, saying repeatedly that the American people should have a say in the matter. This year, when the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg created a vacancy less than nine weeks before Election Day, McConnell has seen fit to ram through the nomination.”
  • The editorial continued, saying Republicans’ “hypocrisy is rank, and it is impossible to see how rushing this nomination will be good for our democracy.”
  • NCR’s Editorial Staff then moved on to discuss Barrett herself, saying “she has allowed herself to be a vehicle for [McConnell’s] agenda and that of President Donald Trump.”

Her willingness to become a collaborator, complete with the required adoring look at the president at the super-spreader event at which she was nominated, is not enough to justify a negative vote, but it set the table.

  • But what most disqualifies Barrett, the Editorial Staff wrote, is “the extreme moral relativism she displayed in her confirmation hearing.”
  • The editorial highlights Barrett’s unwillingness to affirm that climate change is happening, noting that she called the issue "a very contentious matter of public debate."

But let's be clear: Denying climate change is not that far from QAnon conspiracy theories. If Barrett really has doubts on the subject, she is not intellectually qualified to serve on the bench, and we suspect she knows that. She was simply willing to embrace moral relativism rather than risk a nasty tweet from the man who nominated her.

  • The Editorial Staff lists off several more such instances before concluding:

It is her bad faith in discussing the law that warrants disqualifying her. About the evils of climate change, access to health care and voter intimidation, Americans deserve better than a relativist dressed in originalist drag. The Senate should vote no on the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett.

Read the full editorial.


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