As the 116th Congress settles in, if you believe we are entering a new era of legislative headway, think again.

Other than impeaching President Donald Trump, Democrats are out to dismiss every federal judgeship nominated by him. Who could forget the charade that Brett Kavanaugh, a Catholic, endured when he was nominated to the Supreme Court, or when Trump nominated Amy Coney Barrett, another Catholic, for the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein told the Notre Dame Law professor that “the dogma lives loudly within you, and that’s of concern.”

Once upon a time in America, such nominations rarely made news, but ever since Trump took up residency in the Oval Office, judgeship nominations are lead stories. The latest was Brian Buescher’s, yet another Catholic, who was nominated to the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska.

Democrats’ contention with Buescher, an Omaha attorney, is that he has been a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus (KOC), the largest Catholic fraternal organization in the world, well known for their charitable work and their steadfast defense of the church’s teaching on traditional marriage and the sanctity of life for the unborn.

Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono of the Senate Judiciary Committee said the Knights hold “a number of extreme positions,” particularly on same-sex marriage and abortion, and asked Buescher if he would resign from the Knights “to avoid any appearance of bias.”

Fellow Democrat Sen. Kamala Harris questioned whether Buescher’s standing with the Knights would prevent him from hearing cases “fairly and impartially” criticizing the “all-male society” and their long-standing stance “against abortion” and “marriage equality.”

Such caustic questioning highlights how much Democrats regard membership in an organization like the KOC as disqualifying. But let’s be honest, this is much more than about membership with the Knights, even though for some members their attachment is strictly fraternal and don’t realize that the founder, the Rev. Michael J. McGivney, is even up for sainthood. Moreover, many will not make it their business to ensure that Harris and Hirono are defeated when they run for re-election.

Hirono’s and Harris’s interrogation was about two issues: Whether holding traditional Christian beliefs prohibits you from occupying public office, and if Article VI of the Constitution that prohibits religious tests for public office is still valid.

For leftists like the senators, Article VI only applies to Islam.

If Buescher is unfit to join the federal bench because of his KOC membership, then so is every Catholic American man who remains true to his baptism. You’d think Trump could find someone who is willing to play soul with liberaldom, but that was a large part in why he was elected — to do just the opposite.

Trump is holding fast and true and driving Democrats loco in the process.

Both senators have demonstrated just how far their party has sunk into the muck of liberaldom, which has been molesting the Catholic church well before the KOC was founded in 1882.

Today’s Democrats would label Al Smith and John F. Kennedy — both KOC members — extremists. What does it say about Democrats that no one in the party has chided both senators?

Anyone with such bigoted views is unqualified to hold public office, period.

Such political grandstanding has established a disturbing precedent. No longer is it necessary to engage in the dogmatic virtues and qualities of a judicial nominee. Rather, ridicule one’s Christian faith as “extreme” and banish them from public service.

Does this country really want to go down the deceitful path of religious intolerance?

The Democrat Party’s hostility toward practicing Catholics are obvious and their determination to levy a religious test on Buescher is to use Hillary Clinton’s description of those like him as “deplorable.”

The Knights are anything but extreme and the nation certainly could use more men like them. In the last 10 years, its 2 million members have raised more than $1 billion and provided hundreds of millions of man-hours to numerous charitable causes like the Christian Refugee Relief Fund, Disaster Relief, Ultrasound Initiative, Coats for Kids, the Special Olympics, the Global Wheelchair Mission and Habitat for Humanity.

The D.C. chapter of the KOC invited Harris and Hirono to join them in their latest charitable activities.

Neither responded.

(Maresca, a local freelance writer, composes “Talking Points” for each Sunday edition.)

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