Amy Coney Barrett - A Threat to Religious Freedom & the Constitution
President Trump’s nominee to succeed Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to the U.S. Supreme Court is Amy Coney Barrett. Based on her record, Barrett would damage our constitutional right to religious freedom for generations of Americans. The Senate should not confirm the next Supreme Court justice until after the American people have voted and the next presidential term begins. And even then, the Senate shouldn't confirm Barrett – who would help redefine America as a nation where religious freedom is a sword to harm others, not a shield to protect us.
The separation of church and state means that our judges can’t favor or disfavor religion or use the law to impose their personal religious beliefs on us. It guarantees that everyone is able to practice their religion or no religion at all, as long as they don’t harm others. Barrett does not respect this “do no harm” principle – she has shown that she would allow religious freedom to be misused to harm women, LGBTQ people, religious minorities, the nonreligious and others. Learn more in our blog.
Barrett’s Anti-Religious Freedom Record:
- Barrett joined a decision of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals allowing Illinois to exempt religious services from its emergency health order to protect people from the spread of COVID-19.
- Barrett joined a Becket Fund letter insisting that employers have a religious freedom right to fully deny their employees contraceptive coverage. The Becket Fund is a legal organization that opposes church-state separation and that was behind the Hobby Lobby and Little Sister of the Poor lawsuits asserting that employers can discriminate against workers based on religious beliefs.
- Barrett helped train lawyers with Alliance Defending Freedom, a Religious Right legal organization that has been at the forefront of attempts to misuse religious freedom to roll back LGBTQ and reproductive rights.
- In a recent law review article, Barrett disagreed with a pivotal church-state case that protects the religious freedom of public school students and their families by ensuring that they are not forced to participate in prayers at high school graduation.
- Read our analysis for more information.
The separation of church and state is at risk. We need our Supreme Court to protect the religious freedom and rights of everyone.