‘A non-issue’: Sister defends Amy Coney Barrett against attacks on her faith

The Trump administration’s plan to nominate a replacement for the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was met with fierce opposition by Democratic Party leaders. Since the president announced his selection of Amy Coney Barrett on Saturday, much of that backlash has been directed at her and her record.

In a recent Fox News Channel interview, though, Barrett was the subject of a glowing profile by someone who knows her better than almost anyone: her sister.

“A person of faith”

Megan Edwards described the judge as “a person of faith,” but denied Barrett’s beliefs as a practicing Catholic would be an issue in her ability to be an impartial arbiter of the law.

She told host Martha MacCallum that, although her sister goes to church with her family on a daily basis, Barrett is capable of putting aside her own personal convictions in the pursuit of her job on the bench.

“But I think it’s also important to realize that people all across America also are people of faith and also go to church,” Edwards said. “And to me, I think this is a non-issue.”

Critics in the Democratic Party and mainstream media have portrayed Barrett as a threat to both the Affordable Care Act and abortion protections if confirmed to the nation’s highest court.

Some have taken a more personal approach, though, questioning her affiliation with a conservative religious group and even her decision to adopt international children.

“Will apply the Constitution how it is”

“She’s been very clear that she will be able to do her job and will apply the Constitution how it is and not impart her own opinions and her own beliefs,” Edwards said of her sister.

Of course, Barrett has received substantial praise from those outside of her immediate family, too.

Friends, colleagues, and others who have followed her career describe her as a conscientious and qualified judge, a sharp legal mind, a loving mother of seven, and a generous person in general. Edwards used the opportunity to build on those testimonials.

“Her work life, her home life, everything is so that her children know that they are important,” she said. “She wakes up early in the morning to get her work done so that she can bake a cake for her children’s birthday. … Our family is one that’s huge. It’s big. It’s loud, but it’s full of love.”

Even House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) urged her own party not to dwell on Barrett’s faith, but it seems clear the nominee is going to face a harsh confirmation process regardless of whether religion is an issue or not.

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