Conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who usually keeps a low profile, has spoken out against the Democrats attempts to use “religious tests” when confirming judicial picks to federal courts.
According to Fox News:
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas said in a recent appearance that he does not think religious beliefs interfere with a judge’s job, and criticized attempts by Democrats to impose “religious tests” on judicial nominees.
Thomas, in remarks last week that were first reported by The Daily Caller, was asked about the 2017 confirmation hearing of Amy Coney Barrett where Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., told the Catholic: “The dogma lives loudly within you and that’s a concern.”
He was asked if religious convictions should be taken into consideration when lawmakers were considering a judicial pick.
“I thought we got away from religious tests,” Thomas, himself a Catholic, said at Pepperdine University School of Law. “I don’t think I know a single judge that had allowed religion to interfere with their jobs.”
Thomas also highlighted conversation with the late Justice Scalia where they both agreed that it would be a violation of their oath to let religion displace the law.