Appeals Court Nominee May Have Hidden Cult Ties

By on October 3, 2017

October 3, 2017

Sen. Diane Feinstein got plenty of heat for questioning whether Amy Coney Barrett, a nominee for a 7th Circuit Court of Appeals seat, held religious beliefs that would influence her jurisprudence. Senator Orrin Hatch accused Feinstein of employing an unconstitutional “religious test” for office. But there are indications that the nominee deliberately obscured her ties to People of Praise, a cult she belongs to. Members of the group swear a lifelong oath of loyalty to each other. They are accountable to a personal adviser – called a “head” for men and a “handmaid” for women – who give directions on whom to marry, where to live, whether to take a job or buy a home and how to raise children. The group teaches that husbands are the “heads” of their wives and have authority over the family. Some legal scholars said that such loyalty oaths could raise legitimate questions about judicial independence and impartiality. “These groups can become so absorbing that it’s difficult for a person to retain individual judgment,” said Sarah Barringer Gordon, a professor of constitutional law and history at the University of Pennsylvania.
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One Comment

  1. Andrew Gallo

    October 3, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    From their web page (hardly a “cult”):
    People of Praise members agree to contribute five percent of their gross income to the community, creating a fund that supports community outreaches, staff and charitable service to the poor. Our community life is always evolving, with changes often fueled by the ideas and insights of community members. The highest authority in the community is its board of governors. When making decisions about especially important matters, the board of governors seeks input and opinions from all community members through a direct consultation.

    Community life provides a natural support for marriages and families. Many community children grow up as close friends, and their mothers and fathers find friendship, encouragement and insight from other community members. Marriages in the community have a very low divorce rate.

    Community members agree to serve one another wholeheartedly, no matter the type of need: spiritual, material or financial. We work together, pray for one another, visit one another, share meals and offer one another gifts of money, goods and time in situations of need. Through daily acts of kindness and by constantly forgiving one another’s faults, we hope to live up to the simple call of the Lord Jesus, “Love one another.”

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