The Constitution guarantees freedom of religion, not freedom from religion. However, one could easily think that the latter statement is actually true after watching Democrat Senators Mazie Hirono and Kamala Harris harass judicial nominee Brian Buescher over his membership in a Catholic organization.
The Senators’ position was so blatantly anti-religious that Republican Senator Ben Sasse felt compelled to offer a resolution reaffirming the Constitutional position that those who are being considered for federal office cannot be subjected to religious tests. While the resolution passed with both Republican and Democrat support, Sen. Hirono snapped that Sen. Sasse had embraced the “alt-right position” by putting forward the resolution in the first place.
The comment came across as absurd to say the least, especially when one considers the fact that Sen. Sasse is not only soft-spoken and mild-mannered, but also well-known for his strong stance against the alt-right.
The controversy surrounding Brian Buescher concerns the fact that Mr. Buescher is a member of the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic organization with nearly two million members that is well-known for its involvement in national and international charitable projects. The Knights of Columbus has partnered with the Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity and other reputable charities to help men, women and children in need. It is in fact recognized as one of the most charitable organizations in the world. However, like other Catholic organizations, the Knights of Columbus adheres to Catholic positions regarding marriage and abortion and it is these positions that are leading liberal senators to demand that Mr. Buescher take extreme measures to ensure that he can be “impartial” when hearing cases on the bench.
These measures include either terminating his membership in the Knights of Columbus or recusing himself from any case in which the Knights of Columbus has taken a position. To make matters worse, both senators used their position to slander the Knights of Columbus organization. Sen. Hirono described it as an “alt-right organization” with “extreme positions”. Sen. Harris denounced the Knights as a sexist organization and decried its stance on gay marriage and abortion. Neither Senator has offered an apology for these attacks. In fact, Sen. Hirono doubled down on her assertions when speaking to the press about her comments on the floor.
Thankfully, Sen. Sasse isn’t the only one who realizes that questioning a judicial candidate about his or her religious affiliation is utterly ridiculous in a country that is supposed to embrace freedom of speech and religion. Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard pointed out that, in the past, Democrats were the ones who helped Americans understand that Catholics could be good public servants and elected officials. Given this fact, she noted that it was wrong for party members to automatically attempt to disqualify a judicial nominee based on his religious affiliation.
A number of both alternative and mainstream journalists have also come to Mr. Buescher’s defense, noting that it is wrong for any senator to go after conservative judicial candidates simply because they happen to be conservative. Being a dedicated Catholic does not preclude one from having the ability to be a qualified, impartial Federal judge.
While Sen. Hirono is adamant that her calls do not amount to a “religious exam”, they are nonetheless extreme considering the fact that she and her fellow Democrat senators would not think to make similar demands of a judicial candidate who happened to be a member of a non-religious or LGBTQ organization. Brian Buescher should be judged on his experience, capabilities and qualifications, not his religious affiliation.
~ Conservative Zone