Trump's Supreme Court Pick Belongs To Extremist Religious Group
President Trump's nominee 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 part of the Christian group People of Praise – a fact which never surfaced during her confirmation hearing, The New York Times reported in 2017.
- Axios reported last year that Trump said of Barrett in 2018, as he selected a replacement for Justice Anthony Kennedy, that he was “saving her for Ginsburg.”
- From The Times' report:
The group [People of Praise] believes in prophecy, speaking in tongues and divine healings, staples of Pentecostal churches that some Catholics have also adopted in a movement called charismatic renewal.
To fulfill the group’s communitarian vision, unmarried members are sometimes placed to live in homes with married couples and their children, and members often look to buy or rent homes near other members.
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.
- Current and former People of Praise members told The Times that heads and handmaids offer counsel on important life decisions, such as whom to marry or date, whether to take a job, and how to raise children.
- According to legal scholars, “such loyalty oaths could raise legitimate questions about a judicial nominee’s independence and impartiality," The Times wrote.
- The Times reported in 2017 that the People of Praise and Barrett seem to have tried to obscure her membership in the group. Links to the group’s magazine that mentioned Barrett disappeared from its website ahead of her Senate confirmation.