‘This is true not just when such prejudice is anti-Catholic, but also when it is…any other religion…’
(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) Two Hawaii congressional Democrats clashed over anti-Catholic views in their party on Tuesday, with Rep. Tulsi Gabbard blasting Sen. Mazie Hirono for “hatred” and “religious bigotry.”
Gabbard wrote an op-ed for The Hill on Jan. 8 titled, “Elected leaders who weaponize religion are playing a dangerous game.”
During the recent judicial nominations of Brian C. Buescher and Amy Coney Barrett, Democratic Senators criticized nominees based on their Catholic beliefs.
“While I oppose the nomination of Brian Buescher to the U.S. District Court in Nebraska, I stand strongly against those who are fomenting religious bigotry, citing as disqualifiers Buescher’s Catholicism and his affiliation with the Knights of Columbus,” Gabbard wrote about Hirono.
Hirono questioned Buescher about the “extreme” positions that the Knights of Columbus have, such as opposing abortion and supporting traditional marriage.
She asked if he would “recuse [himself] from all cases in which the Knights of Columbus had taken a position.”
“If Buescher is ‘unqualified’ because of his Catholicism and affiliation with the Knights of Columbus, then President John F. Kennedy, and the ‘liberal lion of the Senate’ Ted Kennedy would have been ‘unqualified’ for the same reasons,” Gabbard wrote.
Hirono’s spokesperson, Will Dempster, responded in a statement, HawaiiNewsNow reported.
“Over the past two years, the Senator has been attacked by right wing ideologues for her examination of Donald Trump’s ideologically-driven nominees to the courts,” Dempster said. “It is unfortunate that Congresswoman Gabbard based her misguided opinion on the far-right wing manipulation of these straightforward questions.”
Gabbard also scolded Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, for her comments to Amy Coney Barrett, a nominee for U.S. Circuit Court in the 7th Circuit.
“No American should be told that his or her public service is unwelcome because ‘the dogma lives loudly within you’ as Sen. Dianne Feinstein said,” Gabbard wrote.
Feinstein was referring to Barrett’s Catholic faith.
During Barrett’s confirmation, Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Illinois, also ignored Article 6 of the U.S. Constitution, which states “no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”
Durbin asked during Barrett’s confirmation, “You refer to Orthodox Catholics. Do you consider yourself an orthodox Catholic?”
“We must call this out for what it is – religious bigotry,” Gabbard wrote. “This is true not just when such prejudice is anti-Catholic, but also when it is anti-Semitic, anti-Muslim, anti-Hindu, or anti-Protestant, or any other religion.”