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Catholic League's Donohue Opposes Fed Bench Nominee

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(Patrick Semansky/AP)

Wednesday, 05 June 2019 05:51 PM

Catholic League president Bill Donohue on Wednesday joined conservatives opposed to a federal bench nominee who claimed there is no legal difference between the teachings of the Catholic church and those of the KKK.

In a statement, Donohue said he contacted the Senate Judiciary Committee about Michael Bogren, a nominee of President Donald Trump for the U.S District Court for Western Michigan.

"At that time, we called on Bogren to apologize for making an invidious anti-Catholic remark. He has refused to do so," Donohue said in his statement.

The furor erupted after Bogren defended a decision by the city of East Lansing to bar a family of Catholic farm owners from the city's farm market because they would not rent their property to those seeking a gay wedding.

In a legal brief, Bogren offered an analogy between the Catholic farm owners and the Klan, saying a Klan-operated facility could not invoke the First Amendment religious-liberty provision to avoid an anti-discrimination lawsuit.

Clarifying his position later, he said "from a legal perspective, there's no distinction" between the Catholic family pointing to the teachings of their church and a KKK member invoking Christianity, Donohue noted.

According to the Detroit News, Sens. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., and Ted Cruz, R-Texas, are asking the White House to withdraw Bogren's nomination for his comparison — and for exhibiting personal "hostility" toward religious faith.

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Conservatives opposed to a federal bench nominee who claimed there is no legal difference between the teachings of the Catholic church and those of the KKK were joined by Catholic League president Bill Donohue on Wednesday.
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