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Are Senate Democrats Imposing a Religious Test for Judges?

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“Do you consider yourself an orthodox Catholic?” “I am a Catholic, Senator Durbin.” This surreal question and answer occurred between Senate Minority Whip Richard Durbin and Amy Coney Barrett, the Notre Dame Law School professor whose nomination hearing for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit occurred yesterday before the Senate Judiciary Committee. It was one of several times during the hearing that Democratic senators questioned the nominee’s faith with thinly veiled skepticism.

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