SACRAMENTO – Assemblyman Kevin Kiley (R-Rocklin) will introduce a resolution that calls on the Legislature to condemn any attempt to disqualify an individual from public office on the basis of their religious beliefs. The resolution will further affirm that the United States Constitution protects people of all faiths from undergoing a religious test in their pursuit of public service.
“The United States was founded on the principle of freedom of religion,” Kiley stated. “It is very important that our Legislature make a strong, bipartisan statement in support of people of all faiths by adopting this resolution.”
Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris came under fire in recent years for questioning the qualifications of prospective federal judges based on their Catholic faith. In 2017, Feinstein expressed concern over Notre Dame Professor Amy Barrett’s nomination because the “dogma” of Catholicism “lives loudly” within her. In 2018, Harris used a similar line of questioning for another Catholic nominee, Brian Buescher.
“Attempts by Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris to apply religious tests to judicial nominees are both unconstitutional and un-American,” Kiley said. “California prides itself on its diversity, but unfortunately our representatives in the Senate have evoked painful memories of a much less inclusive time in our country.”
Assemblyman Kevin Kiley represents the 6th Assembly District, which includes the Sacramento, Placer, and El Dorado County communities of Cameron Park, El Dorado Hills, Fair Oaks, Folsom, Granite Bay, Lincoln, Loomis, Orangevale, Penryn, Rocklin, Roseville, and Sheridan.