President Donald Trump on Saturday announced his nomination of federal Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court to fill the seat of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Barrett was selected from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit is believed to be a top candidate.
Right on cue, Democrats roll out the “working moms who go to church and Bible study are weird” platform.
So, media outlets have begun digging into her background, many of them with the intent of finding unfavorable information about the woman who could become President Donald Trump’s third Supreme Court appointment of his first term. Barrett’s Catholic faith has been a primary focus.
Newsweek published an article that claimed in the headline that a Catholic group Barrett is a member of was the inspiration for “The Handmaid’s Tale,” a novel by Margaret Atwood that was recently made into a television show. This is not true, and Newsweek had to issue a correction.
“Correction: This article’s headline originally stated that People of Praise inspired ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’. The book’s author, Margaret Atwood, has never specifically mentioned the group as being the inspiration for her work,” the correction read.
Note: I can’t say I’m an expert on the Handmaid’s Tale. Does the plot involve a woman graduating from law school, getting high-powered clerkships, becoming a highly regarded law professor and jurist, then possibly ascending to the highest court in the land?
The whole thing made Democrats seem dumber than usual. Amy Coney Barrett’s Catholic group that referred to women members as “handmaids” refers to the Annunciation in Luke’s Gospel. In the passage, where Mary is told she will be bearing Jesus Christ, Mary signals her submission to the will of God and says: “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.”
The passage is about faith and obedience to God, not sexism. Besides, the group dropped the use of the word “handmaid” anyway. Not because it was wrong, but because, like abortion, the group knew it was hopeless to expect secularists to understand.
There are 51 million Catholics in the United States.