Amy Coney Barrett, Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, served as a “handmaid” in a strict religious group.
Barrett, who is set to possibly be Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s replacement, served in this strict Catholic group called the People of Praise. The People of Praise is a small group that was created in the 1970s based in South Bend, Ind.
She would be the sixth Catholic member on the current Supreme Court, but the first Supreme Court judge that practices charismatic Christianity. Charismatic Christianity is a type of Christianity that focuses on the devotion to the Holy Spirit and the reality of miracles in everyday life.
The “People of Praise”, are opposed to topics like abortion and believe that men should be the “head of the household and the divine faith”. The faith also thinks that marriage should be strictly between a man and a woman.
People of Praise doesn’t usually disclose who is a member of the group, and Barrett has refused to comment on the subject. However, in multiple publications by the People of Praise, Barrett and her family are mentioned multiple times.
The hearing of Barrett possibly becoming a Supreme Court Judge is on Monday, and Democrats are going to raise questions about whether or not her religion will come into play with her decisions.
The fear of having rights taken away like women’s reproductive rights and the right of gay marriage is genuine. If Barrett is appointed, then the Supreme Court would be mostly conservative.
According to the 2020 Republican Platform, Republicans believe “traditional marriage and family, based on marriage between one man and one woman, is the foundation for a free society and has for millennia been entrusted with rearing children and instilling cultural values”.
In the 2020 Republican Platform, it also states that they believe in “condemning the lawless ruling in Obergefell vs. Hodges”. The ruling in Obergefell vs. Hodges is a landmark in civil rights that made gay marriage legal in all 50 states.
If Barrett is appointed, important civil rights cases like Roe vs. Wade and Obergefell vs. Hodges could possibly be overturned.