As the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett surges on, questioning from members of the U.S. Senate has gotten more pervasive. From the onset, there seemed to be bipartisan agreement that Barrett’s catholic faith would be off-limits, but things took a turn after Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein asked the judge whether she prayed with her eyes open or closed.
The question of Barrett’s prayer technique was brought forth as soon as Feinstein was given the microphone. “Judge Barrett, I think I can speak on behalf of my colleagues when I ask you this question: Do you pray with your eyes open?” the Senator asked, without a formal greeting.
“Umm, I, uhh,” Judge Barrett stammered, with a startled look on her face. “I don’t understand how that would impact how I adjudicate…”
“Oh, but it does!” Feinstein interrupted, hopping out of her seat and waving a pen in the air. “Please don’t avoid the question, Judge. When you pray… Eyes open or eyes closed?”
“Okay, well, it depends,” Barrett responded thoughtfully. “If I’m by myself, I pray with my eyes closed. With my husband, also mostly closed. If it’s around the dinner table, I do that squinty eye thing to make sure my eight-year-old’s head is bowed. You see, sometimes she tries to sneak food during the prayer…”
“Thank you,” Feinstein interjected. “That’s all I needed. No further questions.”