- The Washington Times - Monday, September 21, 2020

Actress Patricia Heaton says President Trump can soon expect a cacophony of criticism over his Supreme Court nominee by “people who wouldn’t recognize God if He bit them on the bum.”

The pro-life Christian’s comments come as U.S. Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s name is floated as a possible replacement for late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Judge Barrett is a Catholic who clerked for the late Antonin Scalia. She also spent 15 years teaching law at the University of Notre Dame.

“Friends, be prepared for social media to be filled with an onslaught of arrogant pronouncements based on breathtaking ignorance of religion in general, Christianity specifically and Catholicism in particularly by people who wouldn’t recognize God if He bit them on the bum,” Ms. Heaton tweeted Sunday.

Twitter exploded with the trending hashtag “Kingdom of God” less than 24 hours later as the judge’s critics spotlighted an old quote about her legal career ultimately being “a means to an end … and that end is building the Kingdom of God.”

Posts from the “Kingdom of God” social media feed include:

  • Lindy Li: Justice ‘Kingdom of God’ must have missed this passage in the Gospel of Matthew […] Matthew 22:21 Jesus said “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s; and to God the things that are God’s. Share if you believe in separation of church and state.”
  • Imani Gandy: I’m tired of explaining sh— to people. I’m logging off. Do what you want. But rest assured. We are going to have Justice Kingdom of God in about a week and a half.”
  • American Atheists (verified acccount): “Amy Coney Barrett has been using her legal career to ‘build the Kingdom of God,’ not uphold the Constitution—the very basis of our democracy. That’s as un-American as you can get.”
  • Chris Daily: “Since when has the Kingdom of God included AR-15s and hillbilly ignorance?”

A claim by the organization American Atheists that Judge Barrett would act in violation of the Constitution was addressed by the judge in 2017 during her confirmation hearings.

“I would never impose my own personal convictions upon the law,” the judge said as Sen. Dianne Feinstein worried about the devout Catholic’s faith. 

“The dogma lives loudly within you,” the California Democrat said during the hearing. “That’s of concern.”

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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