It’s the third and final day of the Judiciary Committee portion of the charade. Here’s a livestream for those who want to watch it:
I’m looking forward to Senator Whitehouse’s follow-up to yesterday’s presentation, in which he detailed how phony wingnut “civic” organizations and dark money outfits create a conveyor belt that deposits ideologues on the federal bench:
Despite Amy Coney Barrett claiming she has no agenda, Sen. Whitehouse exposed Trump and the GOP for using this nomination to reverse Roe v. Wade, marriage equality, and the ACA pic.twitter.com/bLbcNw8KgS
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) October 14, 2020
Through an amazing series of coincidences, the titans of independent legal analysis the Federalist Society barfs up deliver rulings that dovetail with donor wishes 100% of the time! I mean, what are the chances?
But according to a Stanford anthropology professor who studies charismatic evangelical Christianity (writing for The Atlantic), Barrett might surprise us because Jesus:
More profoundly, these communities inhabit a world charged with divine meaning, which their members must interpret in order to know God’s will. Every decision—what to eat for dinner, where to go to school, even what to wear—is an invitation to think about what God wants. Members may feel a strong sense of having been called out by God to do their jobs.
And these calls involve a process of discovery, as members’ sense of self is always emerging out of their own growing, changing understanding of God. A skeptic will say that such a sense of God’s purpose is entirely determined by their community. But charismatic evangelicals say that God feels more real when he startles them—when he tells them to do something surprising that they would never have chosen on their own. What makes Barrett unpredictable is the possibility that she will interpret God as speaking in ways that she, and the broader conservative world, might not have anticipated.
With all due respect to the professor, it’s far more likely that Barrett’s interpretation of God’s will also just happens to dovetail with the Federalist Society donor wish list. Open thread.