Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden arrives to attend a morning service at St. Joseph on the Brandywine Roman Catholic Church in Greenville, Del., September 20, 2020. (Mark Makela/Reuters)
Consultant Jim Banks (R., Ind.) on Friday questioned why Democrats haven’t proven concern for a rash of anti-Catholic hate crimes which have plagued the U.S. in current months.
Banks’ feedback got here throughout an interview with Nationwide Assessment shortly after he and 15 different Home Republicans despatched a letter to lawyer basic William Barr calling on the Division of Justice to analyze why there have been 70 cases of anti-Catholic violence in North America this 12 months — with 57 crimes being reported since May alone.
Against this, in all of 2018, the newest 12 months for which knowledge is on the market, the FBI reported 53 incidents of anti-Catholic hate crimes within the U.S.
The letter particulars stories of “horrific and brutal attacks on Catholic and Church properties” throughout the nation since July, together with church buildings being burnt down and statues of Catholic figures being toppled and decapitated.
Banks, who shouldn’t be a Catholic however an Evangelical, questioned why, when he circulated the letter to all of his colleagues in Congress, no Democrats expressed an curiosity in co-signing.
“There are a number of Democrats who are Catholics, so I would have to ask the question ‘Why aren’t Democrats interested as well, in these attacks against Catholics because their faith?’” he mentioned.
He referred to as the silence one other instance of how deeply divided the nation is and mentioned it’s unlucky that each side can’t be a part of collectively in preventing these points that must be bipartisan.
“There certainly hasn’t been enough concern by our nation’s leaders,” he mentioned. “It’s disheartening that I have yet to hear a single Democrat leader rise up and speak out against attacks of violence directed toward anyone of their faith.”
The Indiana Republican mentioned he believes the anti-Catholic assaults are “entirely politically motivated” as a result of the political beliefs of many Catholics lean to the best.
He additionally referred to as the rhetoric surrounding Amy Coney Barrett, the reported front-runner for President Trump’s nomination to the Supreme Courtroom, regarding. Barrett, who Banks mentioned he hopes would be the president’s choose, has been attacked over her Catholic beliefs, with some evaluating her purported membership in Folks of Reward — which she has by no means confirmed — to the dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Story. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) attacked Barrett’s spiritual affiliation throughout her affirmation listening to for the seventh Circuit in 2018, telling Barrett “the dogma lives loudly in you.”
Banks mentioned it’s regarding to see assaults on a “good person who has done her job very well, and yet she’s being attacked merely because of her Catholic faith.”
“The attacks on her because of her faith that originate from the Left are concerning to me too and that’s why I believe much of this is politically motivated and this Congress and this administration need to do more about it,” he mentioned.
Senator Joe Manchin, a average Democrat from West Virginia, on Wednesday criticized fellow Senate Democrats for his or her scrutiny of Barrett’s spiritual beliefs, saying “religion should not enter into” the dialog over who will fill the Supreme Courtroom emptiness left by the dying of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
“Well, I guess whatever side you’re on, they can pick whatever they want to pick. I’m Catholic, OK? And religion should not enter into it. It sure doesn’t with me,” Manchin mentioned.
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