Dem. Rep. Slams Colleagues For Religious Bigotry Against Judicial Nominee

January 11, 2019 11:15 am  

( – It’s always refreshing to see a Democrat briefly remember what actual American values are. What’s sad is it’s just so rare these days.

Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii recently rebuked her colleagues in Congress for blatantly biased religious bigotry against a judicial nominee who just so happens to be Catholic.

Omaha attorney Brian Buescher is a devout Catholic and a member of the Knights of Columbus, a charitable Catholic fraternal organization, and was recently nominated by Trump to the U.S. District Court of Nebraska.

As one would imagine, he also staunchly pro-life and supports traditional marriage.

This is a fact that has drawn ire from progressive members of Congress like Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono.

“The Knights of Columbus has taken a number of extreme positions. For example, it was reportedly one of the top contributors to California’s Proposition 8 campaign to ban same-sex marriage,” she grilled Buescher in written questions.

“If confirmed, do you intend to end your membership with this organization to avoid any appearance of bias?” she demanded.

Not to be outdone, Sen. Kamala Harris of California also aimed politically-driven questions about his involvement in the organization to Buescher.

“Were you aware that the Knights of Columbus opposed a woman’s right to choose when you joined the organization?” she asked.

Gabbard pushed back against her colleague’s unfair treatment of Buescher’s religion in an op-ed for The Hill this week.

“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.

She also pointed out that to take so much exception to the Catholic faith would have excluded many a great Democrat from being part of the government.

“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 said.

Gubbard may have a lot of the same ideas as Hirono and Harris, but it certainly is worthy of note that she has the guts to stand up to their religious intolerance.

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