Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii turned on members of her own party—eviscerating them over anti-Christian bias and discrimination.
In an op-ed for The Hill, Gabbard referred to an incident on the Senate floor where two Democratic U.S. Senators went after federal judicial nominee Brian Buescher for being too Catholic.
Gabbard didn’t mention her colleagues by name, but the incident involved Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii)—who questioned whether Buescher’s strong Catholic faith could make him an impartial jurist.
Hirono also demanded that Buescher drop his membership in the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic social group, and recuse himself on all decisions on which the organization has taken a stance… which would theoretically include many pro-life cases.
Gabbard, who is Catholic, claims this is an unconstitutional religious test for federal office.
“While I oppose the nomination of Brian Buescher to the U.S. District Court in Nebraska, I stand strongly against those who are fomenting religious bigotry, citing as disqualifiers Buescher’s Catholicism and his affiliation with the Knights of Columbus,” Gabbard wrote.
She added: “The party that worked so hard to convince people that Catholics and Knights of Columbus like Al Smith and John F. Kennedy could be both good Catholics and good public servants shows an alarming disregard of its own history in making such attacks today. We must call this out for what it is – religious bigotry.”
She continued: “Elected leaders engaging in religion-baiting are playing with fire.”