Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina attracted severe criticism for questioning US Supreme Court justice candidate Ketanji Brown Jackson about her faith, including whether she can “fairly judge a Catholic” and how important her faith is to her “on a scale of one to ten.”
His comments, which frequently prevented Judge Jackson from responding, appeared to imply that conservative Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who was nominated to the Supreme Court by Donald Trump, was unfairly treated during her confirmation hearings by his political opponents.
“By the way, what faith do you have?” he inquired. “Would you be able to fairly judge a Catholic?… I’m only asking because I’m curious about how significant your faith is to you.”
“My faith is very important to me, Senator,” Judge Jackson said, “but as you know, there is no religious test in the Constitution.”
He kept interrupting her responses as the senator asked more probing questions, such as whether she attends church regularly and “on a scale of one to ten, how religious would you say you are?”