Trump's Leading Pick To Replace RBG Believes Husbands Should Rule Over Wives

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William James

Amy Coney Barrett reportedly belongs to People of Praise, a group to which members must swear a lifelong loyalty oath.

One of the individuals reportedly topping President Donald Trump’s shortlist to replace Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader-Ginsburg belongs to a religious group that believes husbands should rule over their wives, among other highly conservative and traditional beliefs.

Amy Coney Barrett, who was confirmed by the Senate to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago in October 2017, is reportedly part of the Christian group People of Praise – a fact which never surfaced during her confirmation hearing, according to The New York Times.

Ms. Barrett told the senators that she was a faithful Catholic, and that her religious beliefs would not affect her decisions as an appellate judge. But her membership in a small, tightly knit Christian group called People of Praise never came up at the hearing, and might have led to even more intense questioning.

Some of the group’s practices would surprise many faithful Catholics. Members of the group swear a lifelong oath of loyalty, called a covenant, to one another, and are assigned and are accountable to a personal adviser, called a “head” for men and a “handmaid” for women. The group teaches that husbands are the heads of their wives and should take authority over the family.

The Times spoke with legal scholars who concluded that loyalty oaths such as that required by the People of Praise could prove problematic for a judge.

The scholars said in interviews that while there certainly was no religious test for office, it would have been relevant for the senators to examine what it means for a judicial nominee to make an oath to a group that could wield significant authority over its members’ lives.

“These groups can become so absorbing that it’s difficult for a person to retain individual judgment,” said Sarah Barringer Gordon, a professor of constitutional law and history at the University of Pennsylvania. “I don’t think it’s discriminatory or hostile to religion to want to learn more” about her relationship with the group.

According to Craig S. Lent, the group’s leader, People of Praise is neither “nefarious” nor “controversial”; however, per group policy, he would not confirm or deny Barrett's membership status.

“We don’t try to control people,” said Mr. Lent, who is also a professor of electrical engineering and physics at Notre Dame. “And there’s never any guarantee that the leader is always right. You have to discern and act in the Lord.”

He later added, “If and when members hold political offices, or judicial offices, or administrative offices, we would certainly not tell them how to discharge their responsibilities.”

The Times reported that Barrett and her husband do appear to be group members, though Barrett herself declined to comment on several occasions.

Current and former members of People of Praise said that Ms. Barrett and her husband, who have seven children, both belong to the group, and that their fathers have served as leaders. The community, founded in 1971, claims about 1,800 adult members in 22 locations in North America and the Caribbean.

Should Trump choose Barrett to replace Justice Ginsburg, certain Democrats could struggle to justify denying a ‘yes’ vote.

As CNN noted, five Democratic senators helped confirm her nomination last year:

She received 55 votes, including from Democrats Joe Manchin (West Virginia), Joe Donnelly (Indiana) and Tim Kaine (Virginia) as well as several moderate Republicans like Shelley Moore Capito (West Virginia), Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska).

While that group could make the argument that the Supreme Court is different than a Court of Appeals, it's a tough political position to be in given their past support.

Comments (75)
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JulesGigiPoole
JulesGigiPoole

yes no man will rule this girl. been married 37 yrs tot he same man and we are EQUAL....this kinda crap is just that...crap...poor RBG isnt even in the ground yet and the corrupt GOP are already trying to replace her with his thing?? yeah no

William James
William James

Editor

She was under consideration to replace Justice Kennedy. Now she is a leader contender to replace the late Justice Ginsburg.

Darrell C
Darrell C

Seriously?...the member of a cult?...Seriously?

Leeonardo
Leeonardo

congress also needs to interview her husband if she takes her cues from him.

Sellie
Sellie

This country is turning into a bizarre cult.

jpremo
jpremo

Not to mention the fact that Justice Ginsburg was married to a man who wholeheartedly supported her aspirations of a degree in the law. They worked together to achieve their degrees with a child at home and when he was very ill with cancer during his time in Harvard law school, she continued with her education, supported him with studies all while nursing his health and raising their child. This nomination will be a slap the in the face of a intelligent and determined woman who worked hard to be where she was, not having been held back by the man that she loved.

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Msconniemac
Msconniemac

Does she really seem held back to you??? She sits on the court of appeals for goodness sake! 😂😂😂 the Bible says, the husband is the head of the family and the husband is to honor his wife. Problem?

David Shedlock
David Shedlock

Now, what about a woman, who may be about to become one of the three most powerful women in the world, makes you think her husband is holding her back?

Rakira
Rakira

The bible says a lot of things that make absolutely no sense in 2020. It's absurd.

H.Gozen
H.Gozen

No ethos. If her husband stayed home with their 9 children, maybe, I could slightly respect her. Neither she or the husband do. They can afford childcare for their brood. That makes her position on birth control, null. There are not too many families that can afford to raise innumerable children due to lack of birth control. If hubby decides no condoms because he dictates? What is the woman to do? Nope.Nope.Nope. Lived through that era and women either went back alley or sanitarium. Today women must work to sustain a small family, even with a husband. Pick a moderate or go home.

kitn
kitn

You CANNOT be serious with this. The BIBLE is now our Supreme Courts Go To legal source?

BillSamuel
BillSamuel

Because this story is based on old mass media stories. The information is not new.

Nenamatahari
Nenamatahari

Serena Joy.

ScottyRoberts
ScottyRoberts

So, she is part of a very conservative Christian group led by a mathematical engineer and physicist who all admit they support the separation of church and state.

This is a Constitutional problem... why?

JRE
JRE

a pick like that is a slap in the face of RBG's legacy

grinninglibber
grinninglibber

So does that mean her husband would get to decide SCOTUS rulings?

YoGirl
YoGirl

Lol who let this wacko out of the Waco co

paradoctor
paradoctor

Folks, please stop calling that destructive faction "conservative". They do not conserve life, or liberty, or property, or honor. "Conservative" is at best a misnomer; more accurately, it's a Big Lie.

SBat70
SBat70

I have no desire to rule my wife. After 47 years my love and respect fir her just keeps on growing. She is truely the least selfish person that I know.

MAioHarold
MAioHarold

How many steps backward must we take before we can being moving forward?

JonB
JonB

Congrats on a valiant attempt at disinformation. Good quotes; ridiculous spin.

FifthDoctor
FifthDoctor

So she thinks like a Muslim male. The progressives should welcome this.

Farmboy561
Farmboy561

I wish to control nobody, but I really hate man haters!

Darrell C
Darrell C

A cult member...seriously? He is going to nominate a cult member!

Laveilleuse
Laveilleuse

Can someone talk to her husband and put her back in her place, somewhere between 1945 and 1950, and throw away the key.

AlChicago
AlChicago

Then she should quit the bench and stay home to tend to her man.

SFMike
SFMike

Then this woman's husband should tell her to STFU and bring him a beer. The god of the bible does not want women to have ANY power but modern day Christians pick and choose what they want from the damn bible. How can we have a judge that will have to remove herself each month do to sever uncleanliness?
Leviticus 15:19-24 “When a woman has a discharge, and the discharge in her body is blood, she shall be in her menstrual impurity for seven days, and whoever touches her shall be unclean until the evening. And everything on which she lies during her menstrual impurity shall be unclean. Everything also on which she sits shall be unclean. And whoever touches her bed shall wash his clothes and bathe himself in water and be unclean until the evening. And whoever touches anything on which she sits shall wash his clothes and bathe himself in water and be unclean until the evening. Whether it is the bed or anything on which she sits, when he touches it he shall be unclean until the evening.
Religion is such BS.

John Cherry
John Cherry

No candidate is going to be able to check all the boxes for everyone. I pray that whomever the nominee is that they are of sound character and moral fiber. Additionally, they rule according to the constitution and the bill of rights as given to our forefathers. They are there to interpret the laws of the land not make up laws from the bench!!!

Leoj wets
Leoj wets

WARNING ! Women willing to be dominated by their husbands in the name of God should be avoided at all cost, when appointing or confirming a justice to the SCOTUS

sak5r81
sak5r81

Gee, if it's in "The Intellectualist," it must be true. Cool it with the scare tactics. She's qualified and pledged to recuse herself if there is conflict of interest.

RealityBites4U
RealityBites4U

Roe vs Wade will be the first to go, then womens right to vote, then segregation will make a comeback.... The Dark Ages are going to make a comeback.... we have the plague.

Tobey
Tobey

It is religious belief to have the woman follow the husband. I pose the question: doea he rule? Either way, the forfatgers requested seperation of church and state. Is tgis woman going to have to go ask permission to make decisions in her capacity on the supreme court?

Darkstone
Darkstone

Abortion will be illegal, devout Catholic, I will be burned at the stake for practising Witchcraft. Not a bad looking Judge so it's 2:1 for a noway vote.


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