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Democrats Vs. Ordinary Catholic Guys

Sen. Kamala Harris, protecting America from the Knights Of Columbus scourge (Vince360/Shutterstock)

“Why are you Christians so paranoid about the Democrats?”

Because of things like this:

A judicial nominee faced questions from Senators this month about whether membership in the Knights of Columbus might impede his ability to judge federal cases fairly. The Knights of Columbus say that no candidate for public office should have to defend his membership in a Catholic service organization.

Senators Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and Kamala Harris (D-CA) raised concerns about membership in the Knights of Columbus while the Senate Judiciary Committee reviewed the candidacy of Brian C. Buescher, an Omaha-based lawyer nominated by President Trump to sit on the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska.

Senators also asked whether belonging to the Catholic charitable organization could prevent judges from hearing cases “fairly and impartially.”

In written questions sent to Buescher by committee members Dec. 5, Sen. Hirono stated that “the Knights of Columbus has taken a number of extreme positions. For example, it was reportedly one of the top contributors to California’s Proposition 8 campaign to ban same-sex marriage.”

Hirono then asked Buescher if he would quit the group if he was confirmed “to avoid any appearance of bias.”

The Knights of Columbus! A Catholic fraternal and social service organization, to which 1.6 million Catholic men around the world belong! It was created in the 19th century because Catholics couldn’t be Freemasons, and because anti-Catholic and anti-immigrant prejudice kept Catholics out of other fraternal and social service organizations.

And now anti-Catholic bigotry is coming back in the guise of progressivism.

It is hard to overemphasize how mainstream the Knights of Columbus are. Yet these Democratic senators — including Kamala Harris, who is believed to be planning a run for US president in 2020 — are demonizing the K of C for — brace yourselves — endorsing what the Catholic Church teaches. See here for all the questions asked of Buescher by Democratic senators. 

Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Knights Of Columbus?

Don’t think they won’t turn the K of C into a “hate group” in the eyes of the establishment. They did it with the Boy Scouts of America. I just hope that President Harris will find it in her heart to allow a Knights Of Columbus Story Hour in the public libraries.

about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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