CNA Staff, Oct 12, 2020 / 06:14 pm (CNA).- Senator Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska) on Monday criticized questions aimed at Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett’s religious beliefs, saying they reflect a fundamental confusion of civics with politics.

“Religious liberty is the basic idea that how you worship is none of the government’s business. Government can wage wars. Government can write parking tickets. But government cannot save souls…Your soul is something that the government can’t touch,” he said in his opening statement at Barrett’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing.

Sasse stressed the importance of religious freedom as one of the five “basic pre-governmental rights” enshrined in the First Amendment to the Constitution.

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