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« on: October 11, 2020, 10:11:06 PM »

Justice Amy Coney Barrett begins Senate Hearing Testimony on Monday, October 12, 2020. Link is to her complete Opening Statement.

"...Courts have a vital responsibility to enforce the rule of law, which is critical to a free society. But courts are not designed to solve every problem or right every wrong in our public life. The policy decisions and value judgments of government must be made by the political branches elected by and accountable to the People. The public should not expect courts to do so, and courts should not try..."


https://www.scribd.com/document/479592798/Read-Barrett-s-opening-remarks#from_embed
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« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2020, 10:46:56 PM »

Not much has been said about SCOTUS nominee Barrett’s membership in the “People of Praise” church, in which Pentecostal religious experiences such as baptism in the Holy Spirit, speaking in tongues (babbling a personal spiritual language), and prophecy (literally speaking for God), are practiced.  She is being soft-pedaled as a Catholic.  She is not Roman Catholic.  People of Praise call themselves Charismatic Catholics, which is very different.  Self-described as an “intentional (closed) community,” former members have described People of Praise as “a cult,” in which women are totally subjugated by men.  See Boston Globe quotes below.

It’s hard to explain, if you haven’t lived in such a church before. I did, for six years. Judge Barrett literally believes that God can transcend her mind, and she can open her mouth, and channel God’s direct words to others (“Yeah my son I say unto you...”). She also believes that the Holy Spirit can overcome her body, and she will open her mouth and speak “glossolalia“ which sounds like babbling. But to her, it is a “spiritual language“ given by God.

I’m not condemning Pentecostalism. And I am a dedicated believer in religious freedom. But I really don’t want a person on the highest court who believes they get secret conversational messages directly from God on a daily basis. Other frequent characteristics of Pentecostalism include the belief in demonic possession, angels, laying on hands for healing, the rapture, and the 2nd coming of Christ in our lifetime. Of course to get to that last one, you must have Armageddon first... the end of the world, the Anti-Christ, 666, etc.  They are absolutely excited by these ideas, and welcome them.

Trump threw the religious right a bone to energize that political base.  She’ll only be one of 9 Justices, but given her religious extremism, and pronounced disregard for stare decisis (judicial precedent), Trump might as well have thrown a hand grenade at the bench.  He did.

The GOP doesn’t want a SCOTUS nominee being asked about speaking in tongues and casting out demons on TV.  But then again, it’s 2020...
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« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2020, 11:03:23 PM »

Sounds like excellent questions that decent senators should and will ask toe.  As in, ‘Are you still a cultist?’
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« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2020, 11:20:57 PM »

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« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2020, 12:33:30 AM »


Not much has been said about SCOTUS nominee Barrett’s membership in the “People of Praise” church, in which Pentecostal religious experiences such as baptism in the Holy Spirit, speaking in tongues (babbling a personal spiritual language), and prophecy (literally speaking for God), are practiced.  She is being soft-pedaled as a Catholic.  She is not Roman Catholic.  People of Praise call themselves Charismatic Catholics, which is very different.  Self-described as an “intentional (closed) community,” former members have described People of Praise as “a cult,” in which women are totally subjugated by men.  See Boston Globe quotes below.

It’s hard to explain, if you haven’t lived in such a church before. I did, for six years. Judge Barrett literally believes that God can transcend her mind, and she can open her mouth, and channel God’s direct words to others (“Yeah my son I say unto you...”). She also believes that the Holy Spirit can overcome her body, and she will open her mouth and speak “glossolalia“ which sounds like babbling. But to her, it is a “spiritual language“ given by God.

I’m not condemning Pentecostalism. And I am a dedicated believer in religious freedom. But I really don’t want a person on the highest court who believes they get secret conversational messages directly from God on a daily basis. Other frequent characteristics of Pentecostalism include the belief in demonic possession, angels, laying on hands for healing, the rapture, and the 2nd coming of Christ in our lifetime. Of course to get to that last one, you must have Armageddon first... the end of the world, the Anti-Christ, 666, etc.  They are absolutely excited by these ideas, and welcome them.

Trump threw the religious right a bone to energize that political base.  She’ll only be one of 9 Justices, but given her religious extremism, and pronounced disregard for stare decisis (judicial precedent), Trump might as well have thrown a hand grenade at the bench.  He did.

The GOP doesn’t want a SCOTUS nominee being asked about speaking in tongues and casting out demons on TV.  But then again, it’s 2020...


I'm not disagreeing with you, Toe, but I believe that a nominees religious beliefs should be a factor in one's suitability to sit on the Supreme Court only as they pertain to her ability to serve as an effective and objective jurist.

It's true that Justice Barrett's religious beliefs are, well, wacky. And as a Catholic, I leap to make it perfectly clear that Barrett is not a Catholic, and the People of Praise is not a Catholic organization, and by no means. Still, as you put it, our religious plurality, and our constitutionally guaranteed freedom of religion, should lead anyone who supports the First Amendment or believes in the Separation of Church and state, to ignore Barrett's religious beliefs, especially as a factor in determining her suitability to sit on the court. In other words, Jed, the guy in your meme has it exactly backward.

There is a wealth of information available on Barrett's previous decisions and opinions during her time on the federal bench, and even more information available from the things Barrett has written and said (and taught) during the previous 25 years. That's what should be examined, and that's what should be balanced.

And, to be honest, I'm having a hard time being serious, since I'm still thinking about that woman in the 42nd Street subway station...





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« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2020, 12:48:51 AM »

Having sat through an estimated 3,700 hours of “People of Praise” type services, it goes beyond separation of church and state.  They are cultists, and it is a form of mental illness.  I don’t expect you to understand, because it is unimaginable.  Just know that one of the nine on that bench will now look around wondering who in chamber is demon possessed, that what side she takes will be to promote the kingdom of Christ and the second coming, and she’ll see what her husband says, before issuing opinions.

Let’s meet in the subway...
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« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2020, 02:43:50 AM »



And, to be honest, I'm having a hard time being serious, since I'm still thinking about that woman in the 42nd Street subway station...




Yesterday on Imgur someone posted a truck with a trailer wrecking on a turn I know very well and used to travel a couple times a week.  I’m guessing my reaction was a little different.

I simultaneously respect all religions and have a deep distrust of anyone who takes their religion too seriously.  There isn’t any way this person can make judgments without her membership in what could only be called a cult clouding those judgements.
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« Reply #7 on: October 12, 2020, 06:53:07 PM »


And, to be honest, I'm having a hard time being serious, since I'm still thinking about that woman in the 42nd Street subway station...


Yesterday on Imgur someone posted a truck with a trailer wrecking on a turn I know very well and used to travel a couple times a week.  I’m guessing my reaction was a little different.


I hope so. I mean, I assume you don't yearn to fuck that truck until it has a hard time walking.   Wink



I simultaneously respect all religions and have a deep distrust of anyone who takes their religion too seriously.  There isn’t any way this person can make judgments without her membership in what could only be called a cult clouding those judgements.


I don't respect all religions, but I respect the right of people to practice the reliigon of their choice, or to practice no religion whatsoever.

I, too, have a very "deep distrust of anyone who takes their religion too seriously." I have no argument with Toe's description of the People of Praise. And I agree with your description that they seem to be " a cult clouding those judgements."

But those are judgements that are, from a legal point of view, separate from the religious guarantees Americans enjoy. And if you truly believe in the First Amendment and the separation of church and state, then you must support their right to worship and believe as they do, even though they are wacky, dangerous, judgement-clouding, cult-like, or anything else.

My particular bane are Evangelical Christians, not only because they tend to be anti-Catholic, but also because of their Biblical literalism and corresponding science-denial, and because they seem unable to distinguish between sinful and illegal. If I were to launch into a rant about Evangelicals (which I won't), that would not be a violation of their First Amendment rights. But if I were to assert that an Evangelical should be unable to serve on the Supreme Court, that would be.



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« Reply #8 on: October 12, 2020, 07:59:22 PM »

Trump’s favorite congressman Adam Schiff was on Bill Maher this weekend.  One topic was about how RBG commented on how the constitution was antiquated in comparison to the constitutions in other developed countries, and Maher asked if he supported basically redoing the constitution from scratch.  His answer was essentially no, because who would write it; Republicans would never agree to anything the Democrats would want in it as a change and Democrats would never want any revision Republicans wanted.  So it becomes pointless and best to handle with amendments as we have been doing.

Amy Coney Barrett is considered an originalist in regards to the constitution, meaning it means what it did at the time and this original meaning is authoritative (as in not open to any modern interpretations), sort of like literal interpretations of the Bible.

I’m in agreement we shouldn’t try a rewrite of the constitution, but I disagree we can’t account for nearly 250 years of change when we interpret it.

For myself, ‘a well regulated militia’ sounds more like the National Guard than it does a bunch of nutjobs planning to kidnap a state governor.
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« Reply #9 on: October 12, 2020, 08:06:22 PM »

My biggest concern is that Trump, who lost the popular vote, is poised to appoint three justices in his first term that do not reflect the values of the nation.

Furthermore, these Justices will upset the balance of the court and may take actions that lead to outrage among the populace who will demand a change, and lead to adding two more justices to the court to retain the  balance.

But I guess we will have to wait and see how this actually plays out.
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« Reply #10 on: October 12, 2020, 08:12:15 PM »

A political party when finding their views are in the minority used to adjust their views to try and get in the majority again.  No more with Republicans, now it’s cheat and force your flawed ideology on the majority.
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« Reply #11 on: October 12, 2020, 11:26:54 PM »

How is expecting the U.S. Constitution be adhered to, in law and life in the United States of America, a flawed ideology? Changes to the U.S. Constitution are possible, clearly, and the process laid out, wait for it, in the U.S. Constitution.

Unconstitutional Law has no place in the United States, no matter who found reason to create the law, or to enforce that law, and the Justice system is the place to address such injustice, when our Legislators will not do the job. Adhere to the Constitution, or Ammend the Constitution is the choice.


A political party when finding their views are in the minority used to adjust their views to try and get in the majority again.  No more with Republicans, now it’s cheat and force your flawed ideology on the majority.
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« Reply #12 on: October 13, 2020, 01:15:26 AM »

Dumbass.  If Republicans adhered to the Constitution, Trump would already be an ex-President.
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« Reply #13 on: October 13, 2020, 01:47:38 AM »

And how is his being our President "unconstitutional" in your mind?
Dumbass.  If Republicans adhered to the Constitution, Trump would already be an ex-President.
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« Reply #14 on: October 13, 2020, 02:12:23 AM »

And how is me saying Republican ideology is flawed confused by you as an attack on the Constitution?

Look who I’m talking to, never mind.
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