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WASHINGTON (ChurchMilitant.com) - D.C.-watchers widely recognize that Democrats have a "God problem."
Last September, Sen. Dianne Feinstein insinuated that Trump judicial appointee Amy Coney Barrett, a faithful Catholic, was ill-suited for the federal bench owing to her fidelity to the Faith.
"When you read your speeches, the conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you," Feinstein told the Notre Dame law professor. "And that's of concern when you come to big issues that large numbers of people have fought for, for years, in this country."
But Barrett's grilling wasn't an isolated manifestation of anti-Catholicism. It's part of a wider anti-Catholic, anti-faith and anti-God trend that's been manifesting among Democrats for years.
Just three months earlier, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders slammed President Donald Trump's Office of Management and Budget (OMB) nominee Russell Vought as a religious bigot.
During a June debate over Vought's nomination for OMB deputy director, Sanders blasted an article the committed Evangelical had authored, in which he said that Muslims "do not know God because they have rejected Jesus Christ, His Son, and they stand condemned."
"In my view," Sanders declared, "the statement made by Mr. Vought is indefensible, it is hateful, it is Islamophobic, and it is an insult to over a billion Muslims throughout the world."
In January, Vice President Mike Pence had to step in to break a tie vote to confirm former Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, a faithful Catholic, as ambassador-at-large for International Religious Freedom.
Brownback was unable to garner a single vote from Democrats, despite earlier expressions of support. It's been suggested that Senate Democrats caved to LGBT lobbyists like the Human Rights Campaign, which denounced Brownback for his opposition to gay activism, claiming he conflates religious freedom with "a license to discriminate."
In the lead-up to the 2016 election, it emerged that Hillary Clinton's campaign was plotting against the Church to incite revolt against Catholic teaching.
A WikiLeaks email exposé revealed exchanges between Sandy Newman, president of Voices for Progress, and John Podesta, Clinton campaign manager and founder of Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, a George Soros-funded activist group aiming to subvert Church teaching on abortion, contraception and same-sex "marriage."
"This whole controversy with the bishops opposing contraceptive coverage even though 98 percent of Catholic women (and their conjugal partners) have used contraception has me thinking," Newman wrote.
"There needs to be a Catholic Spring," he continued, "in which Catholics themselves demand the end of a middle ages dictatorship and the beginning of a little democracy and respect for gender equality in the Catholic church."
Newman wondered how the Left could spark revolt in the Church: "Is contraceptive coverage an issue around which that could happen? ... I have not thought at all about how one would 'plant the seeds of the revolution,' or who would plant them."
Podesta answered: "We created Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good to organize for a moment like this. ... Like most Spring movements, I think this one will have to be bottom up."
The same WikiLeaks reveal uncovered another scandalous exchange — a conversation among Podesta, Clinton campaign communications director Jennifer Palmieri and John Halpin of liberal think tank the Center for American Progress, in which they scorned the impact of faithful Catholics on Washington.
Halpin complained to Podesta that "Many of the most powerful elements of the conservative movement are all Catholic (many converts) from the SC [Supreme Court] and think tanks to the media and social groups."
"It's an amazing bastardization of the faith," he asserted. "They must be attracted to the systematic thought and severely backwards gender relations and must be totally unaware of Christian democracy."
"I imagine they think it is the most socially acceptable politically conservative religion," Palmieri quipped. "Their rich friends wouldn't understand if they became evangelicals."
"Excellent point," Halpin answered. "They can throw around 'Thomistic' thought and 'subsidiarity' and sound sophisticated because no one knows what the hell they're talking about."
Democrats' aversion to faithful Catholics and Evangelical Christians isn't a recent phenomenon. Though gathering pace during Hillary Clinton's reach for the White House, it's been emerging for years.
During the party's 2012 convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, leaders amended their platform to exclude any mention of God. This prompted a backlash among some lower-level delegates, and party leaders scrambled to re-insert a reference to God, but this sparked a wave of angry boos throughout the entire arena.
Twenty years earlier, Gov. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania was denied a speaking platform at the 1992 Democratic National Convention in New York, owing to the pro-life speech he intended to deliver just weeks after leading the fight to preserve pro-life protections for the unborn in Planned Parenthood v. Casey.
Democrats may be waking up to the fact that the "God gap" is damaging their appeal among Catholics and other more conservative members of the working class. In January, they put forward a "pious" self-identified Catholic, Conor Lamb, in a special race for Pennysylvania's 18th congressional district.
Lamb sported a veneer of religion, all the while backing the party's leftist platform — pledging to defend Roe v. Wade, for example — and he won against pro-life Rep. Rick Saccone.
Michael Wear, Faith Director under President Obama, is urging more outreach to people of faith.
"You have to do the interviews with Christianity Today and [Fr. James Martin's] America Magazine and go out to these communities," he said.
"Democrats are always looking for a chance to declare God is dead, then they remember He is alive when they lose a couple of times at the ballot box," Wear noted.
"What kind of a group looks at a nation that's 70 percent Christian and runs the opposite way?" he asked.