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OU: Stop religious questioning of judicial nominees

(JTA) – Nominees for federal judgeships should not be questioned about their religious faith or membership in a religious organization, the Orthodox Union said.

The line of questioning has come up during Senate Judiciary hearings several times in the last year and amounts to religious intolerance, the O.U. said in a letter sent to the committee’s chairman and ranking member, Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-SC, and Dianne Feinstein, D-CA. respectively.

The letter said that a religious test for office is explicitly prohibited by Article VI of the U.S. Constitution.

Catholic nominees, who may belong to groups that are against abortion and same-sex marriage, for example, have faced tough lines of questioning from Democrats in the committee in recent months.

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