Orthodox group says US Senate committee nominees shouldn’t be asked about faith
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Orthodox group says US Senate committee nominees shouldn’t be asked about faith

Such a test for office is explicitly prohibited by Article VI of the US Constitution, notes American Orthodox Union

US Senator Lindsey Graham during a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill, on March 20, 2017. (AFP Photo/Brendan Smialowski)
US Senator Lindsey Graham during a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill, on March 20, 2017. (AFP Photo/Brendan Smialowski)

Nominees for federal judgeships should not be questioned about their religious faith or membership in a religious organization, the American Orthodox Union has said.

The line of questioning has come up during Senate Judiciary hearings several times in at least the last year and amounts to religious intolerance, the OU said in a letter sent Monday to the committee’s chairman and ranking member, Sens. Lindsey Graham and Dianne Feinstein, respectively.

The letter said that a religious test for office is explicitly prohibited by Article VI of the US Constitution.

Catholic nominees, who may belong to groups that are against abortion and same-sex marriage, for example, have faced tough lines of questioning from Democrats in the committee in recent months.

“We – especially as members of a minority faith community – must convey our alarm; for we know that intolerance applied to one faith community endangers the religious liberty of all faith communities,” the OU wrote in its letter.

The chairman of the US Bishops Committee for Religious Liberty, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, wrote a similar letter to the committee this week.

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