We don’t want Amy Coney Barrett on the Supreme Court. But that doesn’t mean we should malign her supposedly sexist religious values, which is precisely what we denounced president for doing to Khan back in 2016. And it’s not just hypocritical; it’s self-defeating. The best way to enhance sympathy for Barrett and to ensure her confirmation is to condemn her faith system as anti-female.
Over the past few days, the internet lit up with accounts of Barrett’s association with People of Praise, a mostly Catholic sect of charismatic worshippers. Barrett grew up in a New Orleans family with tight connections to the group: Her father was on its all-male Board of Governors until 2017, and her mother served a “handmaid” assigned to guide other women.
Barrett and her husband Jesse lived in a house owned by co-founders of the group when they were in law school. As recently as 2017, meanwhile, Amy Coney Barrett sat on the board of Trinity School, which is affiliated with People of Praise.
The school is part of a network, Trinity Schools Inc., which does not accept children of unmarried parents. The schools are coed, but some of them segregate students by sex. The website for one of the schools says that it regards men and women as “equal in dignity but distinct” from each other. “We seek to uphold both that equality and the appropriate distinction in our culture,” it adds.
I hope she doesn’t join the Supreme Court, because I disagree deeply with her ideas about abortion, Obamacare, and much else. But I couldn’t care less about her faith. Neither should you.