By the time you read this, it is quite likely that Donald Trump will have named his Supreme Court Justice pick. If so, we can guess it will be someone guaranteed to support his grotesque agenda of white nationalism, economic anarchy, and pro-Putin globalism. But what may be a surprise is that at least one of his possible picks, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, may be in something rather like a cult.
Or, maybe not. It isn’t clear.
According to the Washington Post, Barrett is a member of an organization known as People Of Praise. Just what People is can be a bit difficult to pin down. But, basically, according to the Post, it is a mostly Catholic organization in which individuals band together in some sort of community and attempt to apply Christian teachings to their daily lives. To this end, the communities are often organized around a spiritual leader or leaders to whom the communicants may look for guidance. It is one of several such groups, moreover, that first appeared in the 1960s, and which are in some ways more like Pentecostal church groups rather than traditional Catholic ones. Members may, for instance, speak in tongues, and feel that they have a direct relationship with God, rather than requiring an intermediary in the form of a Priest or other member of the clergy.
The article goes on to note that there is no evidence that Barrett would be unduly influenced by her spiritual guides or the People of Praise organization should she be on the Court. Though, the fact that she might be has rung alarm bells all over the Left.
And frankly, let’s confess that the Left’s concern is warranted. It is not a comfortable thing to know that any judge on the highest court in the land should be associated with an organization which…not to put too fine a point on it…seems a little cult-like. (Women leaders in Praise were even known as “Handmaids” before the term got too hot.)
Catholic and other religious activists have complained that the Left is simply being anti-religious, in general, and anti-Catholic, in particular. But, come, suppose that Barrett were an arch-secularist, or, better yet, a member of some neo-1960s style commune whose members denied the original sin, practiced Yoga, and addressed prayers to Krishna.
Would then the Right be quite so quick to defend religious liberty?
One rather doubts it, doesn’t one?
The Little Professor