Washington D.C., Sep 25, 2020 / 14:15 pm
A letter released Friday by Black Pentecostal and charismatic Christian leaders has decried criticisms of Judge Amy Coney Barrett's charismatic Catholicism, ahead of her possible appointment to the Supreme Court.
"Today we stand with, and speak in defense of, Judge Amy Coney Barrett," the Sept. 25 letter said.
"As black Christians we will not stand by in silence as our sister in the faith is persecuted for the 'political crime' of her beliefs," said the letter, which was signed by numerous clergy members, scholars, and religious leaders.
Barrett, said the letter, should be judged for her record as a lawyer, law professor, and judge in the U.S. Court of Appeals, not her religious beliefs and affiliations. Barrett is a reportedly a member of the People of Praise, an ecumenical charismatic organization based in South Bend, Indiana.