- Jul 12, 2020
A plan floated by President Donald Trump to end “birthright citizenship” through an executive order is likely unconstitutional, according to a law professor at The Catholic University of America.
Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty, said the Senate hearing for Amy Coney Barrett, nominee for a seat on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, was “deeply disappointing” since a number of senators failed to “simply consider the professional achievements of a nominee for the federal judiciary” and instead “challenged her fitness to serve due to her Catholic faith.”
The men who wrote the U.S. Constitution understood well that the greatest threat to freedom of conscience — of thought, belief, religion, and expression — was tyranny and, in their time, tyranny was predominantly religious in nature. So when the U.S. founders had the opportunity to forge a legal framework for a new nation, they inscribed as the first freedom the right to live free from the government’s heavy hand in the area of religion.
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia made headlines recently when he said that the US Constitution can favor religion over non-religion. As a constitutional scholar who has not hesitated to disagree with Justice Scalia — especially over his interpretation of the Second Amendment and his invention of gun rights, which to