Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) thinks he should be the next President of the United States. You’d think someone seeking the nation’s highest office would know better than to turn a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing into a Christian witch hunt, but then again, a lot of common sense turns out to be false when you start talking about the actions of the Democratic Party. Especially when the subject at hand is the confirmation of a federal judge. That’s when these liberal wolves really do away with the sheep’s clothing and go straight for the kill.
Before the Senate Judiciary Committee this week was Neomi Rao, who has been nominated to take Brett Kavanaugh’s spot on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Democrats despise Rao, who has consistently shown herself to be a constitutional originalist in the vein of Kavanaugh himself. And since they are not only trying to keep the Court of Appeals free from that kind of judge but are also worried about where Rao might go from there, they’re trying to sink this woman’s nomination sooner than later.
As such, Booker decided to go after Rao’s Christian faith. Specifically, he asked her if she thought homosexual relationships qualified as “sin” in her mind.
“Do you believe they are a sin?” Booker asked.
“Senator, my personal views on any of these subjects are things I would put to one side, and I would faithfully follow precedent,“ Rao replied.
And that’s all she should have needed to say on the matter, quite frankly.
“So you’re not willing to say here whether you believe it is sinful for two men to be married – you’re not willing to comment on that?” Booker pressed.
Finally, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) had seen enough. He jumped in to remind his colleague that his questions were out of line.
“I don’t believe this is a theological court of inquisition,” Cruz said. “We’ve seen a growing pattern among Senate Democrats of hostility to religious faith.”
Cruz sternly warned that Democrats were guilty of violating the constitutional precept that prohibits any religious tests being placed on candidates for public office.
“I think the proper avenue of investigation is a nominee’s record,” he said. “So let’s look at your record, which is what this committee should be looking at, not our own personal religious views, or your religious views, whatever they may be.”
We guess grilling a nominee on whether or not she thinks gay couples are engaged in “sin” is a step up from dragging in unsubstantiated rape claims from all over the country, but it’s not much of one.