Appearing on CNN early Sunday morning, Massimo Faggioli — Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Villanova University — said the Senate Democrats are within their rights to question Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett about her religion with a focus on her specific beliefs that he asserted are out of the mainstream — even within the church.
Speaking with CNN host Martin Savidge, Faggioli made the case that Barrett is part of a fringe “covenant” group within the Catholic religion that should be brought to light to understand how she views the world.
‘Why is her devotion so much more problematic?” the CNN host asked.
“It’s not problematic,” the theologian replied. “I think it’s something that should be discussed with membership in a particular group as — in the same case that we should discuss in the case of the Jewish nominee or Muslim nominee. So the group she is a member of is known and — not her particular group but that family of groups for having certain kinds of hierarchal structures and –.”
“That is true of all faiths,” Savidge cut in. “All faiths have a hierarchy structure. They all begin with god and come down from there. Many faiths have specific rules as to how a person should abide in their lives and what they do. So I’m wondering, again, what makes her particular faith that seems so problematic. the real issue here is not so much her faith but in the terms of the court it would be her bias. That’s what we’re really talking about here: is whether her faith in this particular case gives her a certain bias that would somehow impact the judgments she’s likely to make. Most of these debates will be over the Constitution, of course.”
“We all have biases,” the CNN host continued. “Just because we can specifically name a religious group that she’s a part of, there are other people who have biases — we don’t know what they may be. Again, why is it her faith that becomes so much the concern if she can set that bias aside to render a judgment?”
“Again, it’s not her faith,” Faggioli replied. “But she’s member of the group that is part of that family of groups called covenant groups. So covenant means that you are part of an alliance that binds members of a group in a particular way. That’s what’s a little different from being a Catholic in the pew, like myself or like John Kennedy or John Kerry or Antonin Scalia. that is different.”
“What kind of relationship she has between that covenant in her group and the fundamental values of the Constitution?” he added. “I don’t expect to hear anything explosive. I don’t think that any question of this kind should be labeled automatically anti-Catholic because this is preposterous.”
‘Zombie’ Trump campaign blasted by conservative strategist: ‘They’re going to be among the Walking Dead’
President Donald Trump's campaign decisions were ridiculed by a conservative campaign strategist on MSNBC.
"The Week" anchor Joshua Johnson interviewed Susan Del Percio, a longtime GOP strategist and senior advisor to the Lincoln Project.
"Susan, what about the differences in strategy between the Biden campaign and the Trump campaign in terms of how they spend their dollars? We know that Trump campaign has often favored online advertising vs. on air advertising. They have some pretty creative stuff coming out in the last few days, one of the latest pieces they put out is called 'How to Catch a Zombie, Doe Biden edition' -- with a picture of Joe Biden, I think, between words so he looks a little zonked out."
Trump’s attacks on voting ‘backfired and only inspired people to march early to the polls’: report
Clark County Registrar of Voters Joseph Gloria has had three decades of election experience in Nevada, but had never seen a "perfect storm," as he called it, like this before. With all hands on deck for this election cycle, Gloria helped put together an entire mail-in voting system in less than 90 days to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.
“I’m as comfortable as I can be because I have an excellent staff,” Gloria said. “We learned some things in the primary and are feeling good about this cycle, but unfortunately we have people at the national level who are encouraging people to do things that disrupt the polling place and make it a challenge for us to process votes.”
Watch Kamala Harris laugh out loud when 60 Minutes asks her if Trump is racist
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) laughed when asked if President Donald Trump was racist during a 60 Minutes interview that aired Sunday evening on CBS.
"Do you think the president is racist?" Nora O'Donnell asked.
"Yes, I do," Harris replied, with a laugh. "Yeah, I do."
"You can look at a pattern that goes back to him questioning the identity of the first Black president of the United States," she said, referring to the racist "birther" conspiracy theory he pushed against Barack Obama.
"You can look at Charlottesville, when there were peaceful protesters and on the other side neo-Nazis and he talks about fine people on either side," she continued. "Calling Mexicans rapists and criminals? His first order of business was to institute a Muslim ban?"