Ex-nominee defended white-hooded 'legal perspective'

Friday, June 14, 2019
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

natural marriageA judicial nominee who was confronted by a Republican senator for comparing a Catholic family's religious beliefs to the Ku Klux Klan has withdrawn his name from consideration.

Michael Borgen, an attorney hoping to represent a federal district court in Michigan, withdrew after Republican senators John Hawley and Ted Cruz vocally opposed him and said they would vote against his nomination, Politico reported this week.

The GOP-controlled Senate has been a reliable pipeline for Trump nominees until May 22 at a Senate Judicary Committee hearing, when Hawley confronted Borgen about his legal brief on behalf of his former client, East Lansing.

OneNewsNow reported in a 2017 story that East Lansing created a new rule for farmers’ market vendors to punish Country Mills Farm after the Tennes family turned away a same-sex wedding.

Klan rally (black and white pic)The farm family, represented by Alliance Defending Freedom, eventually won its lawsuit and returned to the farmers market.

After the city kicked the Tennes family out of the farmers market, and the family sued, Borgen warned the court that allowing the family to refuse a same-sex wedding on religious grounds would also grant such rights to a racist Klan group citing its own religious beliefs.

In a testy, six-minute exchange (see video below) with Sen. Hawley, Borgen was given several chances to backtrack from the controversial comparison but told Hawley, from a legal perspective, it was a fair comparison.

“You think that the Catholic family’s pointing to the teachings of their church is equivalent to a KKK member invoking Christianity?” Hawley asks.

“From a legal perspective---” Borgen begins.

wedding rings on Bible 620x300“You can just give me a yes or no answer,” Hawley interjects.

“From a legal perspective, Senator---” Borgen states again. 

“Can you say no?” Hawley interrupts again.

“There is no distinction,” Borgen finally says.

Recalling the attorney’s legal brief on “Washington Watch with Tony Perkins,” Hawley told the radio program that Borgen made his controversial views in the courtroom and in media interviews.

“He attacked this poor Catholic family personally. (He) drug their names through the mud,” Hawley said. “He said they were trying to dress up their arguments in ‘shimmering robes of righteousness.’ That's what he said about their faith."

Bogren has called Hawley’s claims “utterly untrue” and said this week he was withdrawing over “gross mischaracterization” of his legal efforts on behalf of his client, East Lansing.

Hawley was prepared to answer that claim, too.

"If you think comparing a Catholic family to the KKK, and to radical Islamic imams who want to take away rights from women,” Hawley said, “if you think that that's reasonable, then you're making the case you shouldn't be on the bench, and it's a good thing he's not."

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