Cory Booker Questions Nominees Religious Beliefs. Again.
During a judicial confirmation hearing, Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) asked nominee Neomi Rao what her religious beliefs were regarding sexuality [emphasis added]:
Booker asked Rao…whether she personally thinks gay relationships are “immoral.”
Rao…pushed back, saying she didn’t think that line of questioning was relevant.
But Booker responded: “I think that [it is] relevant, your opinion if you think that African-American relationships are immoral, do you think gay relationships are immoral? Do you personally believe that gay relationships are immoral?”
After reluctantly responding that she did not think gay relationships were immoral, Booker followed up by asking if Rao thought gay relationships were a “sin.”
“Senator, my personal views on any of these subjects are things that I would put to one side and I would faithfully follow [the precedence of the Supreme Court],” Rao, the 45-year-old attorney, explained.
This is not the first time Booker has appeared to impose a religious test on nominees. He appears unfazed by the tepid criticisms of his treatment of religious liberty, even that of Sen Cruz, who decried “persecution.”
In any other context, for any other faith, this would be unacceptable.
Tulsi Gabbard has not yet decried this bigotry, though she claimed it needed to be called out.
This is religious freedom in America today, apparently.
Also at PJ Media.