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Anti-religious test?

Amy Coney Barrett in 2018. She has the nomination to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court. Now Democrats want to apply an anti-religious test to her nomination.

Two days ago (30 September 2020) a senior officer on the Joe Biden campaign proposed to break the Constitution. To be specific, Deputy Data Director Nikitha Rai suggested that no orthodox Catholic, Jew, or Muslim ought ever serve on the United States Supreme Court. Why not? Because they hold “intolerant” views. In other words, Ms. Rai proposed an anti-religious test for public office. And that directly violates the Constitution.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, R.I.P.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg official polrtrait from 2016. Requiescat in pace.

Yesterday evening, the one event happened that cancels all bets on the Election of 2020. Madame Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 87, died of complications of the cancers that burdened her. Very soon she will be the only person relevant to American politics who will enjoy any sort of peace.

The New Jersey Supreme Court Disses George Washington

In August 2009, the Sussex County Tea Party Patriots sponsored a Committee to Recall Senator Robert Menendez and subsequently filed a notice to recall the Senator in accordance with NJ laws. After two court cases, including a unanimous decision by the Appellate Division in favor the Recall Committee and a NJ Supreme Court 4-2 decision in favor of Menendez, the Committee had intended to take this battle all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court. However, the legal battle rendered the case moot because existing time constraints would not have allowed the recall to proceed regardless of the decision. While the legal battle may have been interesting, a possibly more important battle has slipped under the public radar screen.

When court cases like this, challenge the Constitution, judges usually place great importance on the intention of the founders. Many are familiar with Thomas Jefferson’s letter to the Danbury Baptists in Connecticut who were trying to establish a state religion. In that letter Jefferson stated that there was a “wall of separation between church and state.” Lawyers and judges often refer to this case and give it substantial weight in determining the intentions of our founders in church/state matters. But Jefferson wrote this letter ten years after the Constitutional Convention—and he was in France while the Convention took place.