The United States Constitution contains a clause within Article VI which states, “The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”
What this means is that those elected or appointed to office are not subject to religious discrimination. But so far as America’s liberals are concerned, Trump’s nominee to fill the spot of Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court is unqualified because she maintains basic Christian beliefs about male leadership in the home.
Amy Coney Barrett is herself a Romanist, belonging to the global Catholic Church headquartered at Vatican City. The Catholic Catechism and its various encyclicals published by the church’s various Popes over the centuries have reaffirmed traditional gender roles (especially in regard to church responsibilities) while explicitly maintaining equality of the sexes. Five other Supreme Court justices are also Roman Catholic, as is the Democratic Presidential nominee, Joe Biden.
But Barrett also maintains associations with various evangelical or Protestant organizations which are, by and large, more expicit regarding Biblical gender roles than the traditional Catholic church.
The Associated Press reported earlier this week, as though it were news somehow, “President Donald Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court has close ties to a charismatic Christian religious group that holds men are divinely ordained as the ‘head’ of the family and faith. Former members of the group, called People of Praise, say it teaches that wives must submit to the will of their husbands.”
The notion that husbands should lead wives is found in the Christian texts of Ephesians 5, Colossians 3, and 1 Peter 3 and is reaffirmed in the patriarchy of the Old Testament as well. The Christian belief ascribed to by People of Praise is called Complementarianism, the notion that men and women are equal, yet complimentary (and therefore, different).
To the surprise of some 21st Century liberals, some scientists, physicians, and sociologists also agree that men and women are (brace yourself) different. Hollywood leftists who raise children as morphodites until they get around to revealing their own gender stand aghast at the notion, but for most of America this is common sense.
Barrett’s association with People of Praise, a parachurch ministry that assists families, seems to be minimal. The media, most of whom understand America’s religious culture about as well as a monkey understands a Rubik’s Cube, seems convinced People of Praise’s Complementarian beliefs are unique to “charismatics” (a subset of evangelicalism that believes in the continuance of ‘Apostolic Sign Gifts’ like speaking in tongues or miraculous gifting). But in reality, the notion of male headship in the church and home is held to by mainstream denominations like the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, the Southern Baptist Convention, the Association of Reformed Baptists of America, the Communion of Reformed Evangelicals, the Presbyterians Church of America, the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, the Assembly of God, the Christian Reformed Church of America, and others. It is taught in mainstream Confessions of Faith like the Westminister Confession, the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith, the Baptist Faith and Message, and more.
In other words, Amy Coney Barrett’s assumed religious beliefs are in alignment with most who profess Christianity in the United States. Meanwhile, if Barrett really believes that women are to remain barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen (as liberals suggest), she is doing a very, very poor job of it.