Washington Post Investigative Report Discovers Amy Coney Barrett Is a Christian and the Reporters Are Left Baffled

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Judge Amy Coney Barrett meets with Vice President Mike Pence on Capitol Hill ahead of her confirmation hearing.

The closer we get to the Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court created by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the more unhinged the attacks become.

Here is a sampling of previous RedState stories on Coney Barrett:

Democrats Reveal Their Initial Line of Attack Against Amy Coney Barrett, and It’s Pathetic
Hysterical Progressives Beclown Themselves by Using Their Favorite TV Series To Smear Amy Coney Barrett
Peddler of Critical Race Theory Training Hints That SCOTUS Nominee Amy Coney Barrett Has a ‘Colonizer’ Mentality
NEW LOW: Democrat Operative Suggests Amy Coney Barrett Is Involved in Human Trafficking
Democrats Push Disgustingly Insane Amy Coney Barrett Conspiracy Theory, Attack Her Children
Let the Hate Begin: Bill Maher Attacks Reported SCOTUS Pick, ‘F***ing Nut’ Amy Coney Barrett; Christian Mother of 7
The Media Handles Amy Coney Barrett’s Faith With All the Care of a Paranoid Drunk
In Shocking Discovery Politico Reporter Discovers ACB Is Catholic

Coney Barrett’s jurisprudence, which is respectful of the US Constitution and of the role elected bodies play in our system of government, is an existential threat to the rule-by-decree manner preferred by the left. But attacks on her views of the correct role of Article III courts are completely legitimate. The downside is that Democrats would have to own their alternative view and they would prefer to not do that for a host of reasons, not the least of which is that America would glimpse the Bolshevik wearing the Chuck Schumer mask.

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Rather than contest this on principles, the Democrats and their stenographers in the press have been attempting a replay of the Kavanaugh hearing. Except instead of fabricating tales of sexual assaults, they are going after Coney Barrett based on her faith.

At a time when the Russia Hoax is unraveling and Joe Biden is showing signs of a rapid descent into dementia, the Washington Post, which can’t be bothered to cover either of those stories, devoted three reporters to digging into the faith practices of Coney Barrett.

By way of background, Coney Barrett is Roman Catholic and is part of an ecumenical, though mostly Catholic, religious group called People of Praise. They have the exotic belief that they should lead their lives using the Bible as a model.

A 2010 People of Praise directory states that she held the title of “handmaid,” a leadership position for women in the community, according to a directory excerpt obtained by The Washington Post.

Also, while in law school, Barrett lived at the South Bend home of People of Praise’s influential co-founder Kevin Ranaghan and his wife, Dorothy, who together helped establish the group’s male-dominated hierarchy and view of gender roles. The group was one of many to grow out of the charismatic Christian movement, which sought a more intense and communal religious experience by embracing such practices as shared living, faith healing and speaking in tongues.

Barrett’s ties to the group, which has conservative stances on the role of women in society and other social issues, did not come to light until after she was questioned by senators considering her nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit in 2017. Senators are preparing to question her next week over her nomination to the high court.

Just a short digression. The title “handmaid” has nothing to do with that novel beloved of SJWs and cat-ladies, The Handmaid’s Tale. Rather, in this context, it comes from the description of The Annunciation in the Gospel of St. Luke: Luke 1:38, “And Mary said: Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done to me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.”

Mary’s confession of faith signifies her placing herself, willingly, at the service of the Almighty and her commitment to carry out the will of God rather than her own. There is nothing nefarious here.

The title of handmaid was adopted by People of Praise in reference to the biblical description of Mary as “the handmaid of the Lord,” according to the group.

Former members including Art Wang, a member from the late 1980s until 2015, told The Post that handmaids, now known as “women leaders,” give advice to other women on issues such as child rearing and marriage.

Here is the real issue being hinted at:

But the role did not carry authority equivalent to positions held by men in the group’s formal hierarchy, the former members said.

The community was led by men, who taught members to run their families according to their interpretation of biblical views of gender roles, according to former members and group documents.

“Women were homemakers; they were there to support their husbands,” one former member said in an interview. “My dad was the head of the household and the decision-maker.”

Men’s “headship” of their wives, and the male-dominated governance of the community, has been the basis of accusations from some critics of Barrett that People of Praise is built on the sexist expectation that women defer to men.

Personally, I don’t see where there is a lot to gain here by the Post expending the hours to conclude, or actually fail to conclude, that what they seem to object to is not an arcane and indefensible position but one that is reiterated, over and over, in the New Testament.

In a culture and a time when any hint that the sexes and their natural role in society may be different is guaranteed to generate criticism, the Biblical notion of male headship of the family can sound harsh. The Washington Post strives to make a very traditional, God-centered, and extraordinarily nuanced (at least in Catholicism) view of the role of sexes in marriage seem foreign and bizarre. Now they just have to square their fantasy of what a Christian household looks like with the career of Amy Coney Barrett. Good luck with that.

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