Sen. Kamala Harris is running for president in a very crowded field. Maybe the need to distinguish herself drove her to take the lead on anti-Catholicism. Or maybe, along with some of her Democratic colleagues, Harris, D-Calif., is playing the long game and is simply trying to institute a religious test for office that places Catholic teaching beyond the bounds of tolerable opinions.
Harris this month went after Brian Buescher, President Trump’s nominee for a federal court vacancy in Nebraska, for belonging to the Knights of the Columbus. This is damning, Harris’ questions implied, because the Knights is “all-male,” because the organization’s president described Roe v. Wade as “a legal regime that has resulted in more than 40 million deaths” (fact check: true), and because the president described abortion as “the killing of the innocent” (ditto). Further, the Knights “opposed marriage equality,” Harris pointed out.
Harris’ colleague on the Judiciary Committee, Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, went further. She demanded that Buescher, if he is to be a federal judge, drop his membership in the Knights and recuse himself from every issue on which the Knights have taken an opinion.