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Sen. Ben Sasse Blasts Kamala Harris, Mazie Hirono for Anti-Catholic Bigotry in Fiery Floor Speech

Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse delivered a fiery speech on the floor of the Senate Wednesday, rebuking his colleagues who have tried in recent months to impose religious tests for nominees to the federal judiciary. The junior senator from the Cornhusker State also introduced a resolution reaffirming the Constitution's religious liberty protections.

"I want Senators to unanimously reaffirm our oath of office to a Constitution that rejects religious bigotry," Sasse said. "It is useful to regularly remind ourselves that Americans are a First Amendment people. Each of the five freedoms in the First Amendment: speech, press, religion, assembly, protest, they define who we are."

It should go without saying that Americans have an inalienable right to worship however they please and practice their religion freely, but those rights have come under attack in recent years with the ascendency of secularism and the advances of the sexual revolution. The progressive left, for whom abortion rights and LGBTQ advocacy are near sacraments, will stop at nothing, it seems, in their quest to ensure that our nation's Judeo-Christian values are consigned to the dust bin of history. The moral revolutionaries have been successful beyond their wildest dreams at shaming Americans into rejecting the moral values that held our nation together for more than 200 years. Case in point, the shocking religious bigotry shown by members of the Senate in recent confirmation hearings.

Sasse blasted his colleagues on the Senate Judiciary Committee for their recent attempts to smear Brian Buescher, President Trump's nominee to the U.S. District Court for Nebraska, because he is a member of the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic fraternal organization.

In written questions sent to Buescher by committee members on December 5, Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) stated that “the Knights of Columbus has taken a number of extreme positions. For example, it was reportedly one of the top contributors to California’s Proposition 8 campaign to ban same-sex marriage.” She went on to ask Buescher if he would quit the Knights of Columbus if confirmed, “to avoid any appearance of bias.”

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) asked Buescher if he was aware when he joined the Knights of Columbus at age 18 that the group was an "all-male society” that opposed "a woman’s right to choose” and “marriage equality."

"This is nuts," Sasse told his colleagues in the Senate. "We're talking about the largest Catholic fraternal organization in the world being called an extremist organization and a nominee for the federal bench being asked if he would resign from this organization so that he could serve without the appearance of bias."

"The clear implication," Sasse said, "was that Brian's religious beliefs and his religious affiliations, in this case an affiliation with the Catholic organization that invests countless hours and millions of dollars annually serving special needs kids," made him "potentially unfit for federal service."