by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Timothy Carney of the Washington Examiner explores left-wing efforts to derail a potential U.S. Supreme Court candidate.
The main target of liberal lies in the past week have been, unsurprisingly, a conservative Christian woman: Judge Amy Coney Barrett.
“As a judge,” wrote CAP’s Twitter account, @WhyCourtsMatter, “Barrett sided against an African American worker in favor of a company’s ‘separate-but-equal arrangement,’ flying in the face of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Now, she’s up for a seat on our nation’s highest court.”
That sounds bad, right? It’s also another example of this premier progressive group attempting to blatantly mislead readers amid this fight. …
… A quick examination of the case reveals its frivolity. While the allegation is that AutoZone segregates its shops by race, the facts of the case were this: A black worker at AutoZone was transferred, at his own request, by a black manager, to another AutoZone, with no loss of pay or benefits.
No serious person could consider Barrett’s minor role in this case even the slightest hint of racism or racial insensitivity. But CAP does. …
… The NAACP joined in this AutoZone attack along with groups such as the Alliance for Justice.
The Alliance for Justice was the root of another lie about Barrett. “Stunningly,” the group wrote of Barrett, “Barrett has asserted that judges should not follow the law or the Constitution when it conflicts with their personal religious beliefs. In fact, Barrett has said that judges should be free to put their personal views ahead of their judicial oath to faithfully follow the law.”
Barrett actually argued the exact opposite. Literally, the attack misprepresented her opinion by 180 degrees. She and her co-author John Garvey suggested in the paper that a judge who holds the view articulated by many popes that the death penalty is immoral might have to recuse himself or herself on a death penalty case. In other words, she argued that judges can never let their faith override the rule of law.
Still, this lie about Barrett spread, and Democratic senators picked it up. This lie was the launching pad for a veiled attack on Barrett’s faith from Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California: “The dogma lives loudly within you.”