Amy Coney Barrett’s ties to “cult” People of Praise could influence her Supreme Court decisions


Amy Coney Barrett

Amy Coney Barrett, a federal judge for U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, has been nominated by President Trump for the Supreme Court.  She’s 48 years old, so she would be making decisions for the Supreme Court for a long time.

An article in Raw Story stated this: “People of Praise are quite controversial within Catholicism. Founded in 1971, the group incorporates elements of fundamentalist Pentecostal Protestantism (such as speaking in tongues) and is considered a cult in mainstream Catholicism.

Its practices include requiring members to swear an oath of loyalty to the group and teaching that wives must be submissive to their husbands, and in the past, People of Praise called its female leaders “handmaidens”—which is downright chilling if one is familiar with Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel “The Handmaid’s Tale” and the 1990 film and 2017/2018 television series it has inspired.

People of Praise embrace a highly patriarchal ideology, believing that while women can have some leadership positions, they ultimately must submit to male authority.”

It seems dangerous to have a Supreme Court Justice who has sworn loyalty to what many consider to be a cult.

It seems dangerous to have a Supreme Court Justice who could ultimately submit to her husband (or the males of People of Praise or males on the Supreme Court).

According to an article in Newsweek,

“Members of People of Praise also make a lifelong vow of loyalty in a ceremony…”

“Adrian J. Reimers, one of the founding members of People of Praise, later wrote a book criticizing the group, called Not Reliable Guides. In it, he explained the ‘sacrifice represented by making the covenant of the People of Praise is taken seriously.’

One ‘lays down his life’ according to the requirements of the community, he wrote, by ‘faithfully attending men’s and women’s groups, submitting to one’s head willingly, performing four hours of service to the community every week, contributing 5-13 percent of one’s gross income to the community, and so on.’

The ‘subordinate role of women to men is a fundamental cultural premise’ for the group, he wrote.”

“Coral Anika Theill, a former member of a branch of the group in Corvallis, Oregon, told Newsweek that women are expected to be ‘absolutely obedient’ to their husbands and the men in the group.

Theill refers to the group as a “charismatic dictatorship” and a “cult.”

“There was a lot of abuse and shaming, shunning, intimidation, bullying going on,” she said. “You did not say no, or there was retaliation.”

A 2017 article in the New York Times pointed out that “Current and former members of People of Praise said that Ms. Barrett and her husband, who have seven children, both belong to the group, and that their fathers have served as leaders.”

And “The group believes in prophecy, speaking in tongues and divine healings, staples of Pentecostal churches that some Catholics have also adopted in a movement called charismatic renewal.  The People of Praise was an early leader in the flowering of that movement in North America.  It is ecumenical, but about 90 percent of its members are Catholic.”

And, it’s important to note in this 2017 article:  “Every nominee for the federal bench is required to fill out a detailed questionnaire for the Senate Judiciary Committee.  Ms. Barrett did not list any religious affiliations on her questionnaire, though many nominees have in the past.”

Will Amy Coney Barrett withhold information about being a member of People of Praise again?

Where will Barrett’s loyalties ultimately lie?  With the U.S. Constitution, or with the People of Praise?





Watch the archived show! Equine Advocates honors Willie Nelson

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A music-filled celebration featuring a line-up of outstanding artists

Watch the archived show here:  https://www.equineadvocates.org/virtual-gala/

or here:  https://www.facebook.com/equineadvocates.org/


On Saturday, September 26th, starting at 6 PM EST, Equine Advocates will present Willie Nelson with the 2020 Safe Home Equine Protection Award for his work and dedication to end the slaughter of America’s horses during a special online event to be broadcast on our Equine Advocates website, Facebook and YouTube channel. Nelson will be the 19th recipient of this award, which was first given out in 2002.

Phil Bayly

Bebe Nuewirth

Hosted by Bebe Neuwirth and Phil Bayly

The program will be hosted by two-time Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress, Bebe Neuwirth, who was the recipient of the Safe Home Equine Protection Award in 2009. Co-hosting will be author and former news anchor, Phil Bayly, who was the morning news anchor for WNYT, the NBC affiliate in Albany for 15 years.


Sheryl Crow

Ali McGrawSpecial appearances by Sheryl Crow and Ali McGraw

Nine-time Grammy Award-winning singer/song writer, Sheryl Crow will make an appearance during the broadcast with a special message for her good friend and fellow horse lover, Willie Nelson. They recently recorded the song, “Lonely, Alone” together. The music video for the song includes footage of Nelson with some of his rescued horses.

Actress Ali MacGraw, who appeared in such iconic films as “Love Story,” “The Getaway” and “Goodbye Columbus,” will present Andrea Eastman with the 2020 Equine Savior Award for her decades of work and activism on behalf of America’s wild and domestic equines. Eastman, who had an illustrious 27-year career as a high-powered agent for ICM, was personally responsible for Robert Redford’s signing of the Voter Card in California in 1998 in support of the first state initiative in the nation to ban the slaughter of horses for human consumption. That initiative, “Prop 6” passed by more than 60% of the vote.

An amazing line-up of artists will be performing during this celebration and telethon. They include:

Tom Chapin

In a career that spans five decades, 26 albums and three Grammy awards, the multi-talented Tom Chapin has maintained two long and productive parallel careers, both as a respected contemporary folk artist and a pioneer in the field of children’s music. Chapin has appeared on Broadway, television, radio and film, and has long been a strong advocate on behalf of a variety of charitable organizations, focusing on hunger, the environment, and music and the arts in our public schools.




Bluegrass royalty Leigh and Eric Gibson have been delighting audiences around the world with their popular albums and live performances for thirty years. They were named Entertainers of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association in 2012 and 2013 and in 2015, and have received many other accolades for their work, including receiving SUNY honorary degrees of doctor of fine arts. In 2018, they branched beyond the bluegrass world with a sound dubbed more “country soul,” on an album produced by Dan Auerbach. No matter what format they play, their brother harmonies shine through.


Cathy GrierCathy Grier

When Cathy Grier was 17, she had a chance encounter with John Lee Hooker that became an inspirational turning point in her life. Cathy spent 20 years in New York mostly performing under the name NYC Subway Girl as part of the Music Under New York Program. Her four decade-long career is a rich musical tapestry with numerous career highlights. In 2016, she traveled to Wisconsin for the Steel Bridge Songfest and fell in love with the Sturgeon Bay music scene so much that she moved to Wisconsin. Within the three years of arriving, Cathy won the Paramount Music Association Blues Challenge. Her latest album entitled, “I’m All Burn,” recorded with her group, The Troublemakers, is by far one of her best. It has been well received by critics and listeners, who all agree Cathy Grier surely can sing and play The Blues!

Brooke MoriberBrooke Moriber

This young and exciting up-and-coming country singer/song-writer, Brooke Moriber, got her start in show business at the age of eight on Broadway when she was cast in the part of Cosette in Les Miserables. Inspired by Linda Ronstadt and Billy Joel, Brooke’s song, “Cry Like a Girl” was reviewed by Parade Magazine as “… a high-powered country-infused track with an empowering message. Moriber makes a compelling case for sharing raw emotion with strong vocals and a spot-on delivery.” That song will be included on her first album that she is working on in Nashville.



Livingston Taylor

  Livingston Taylor

From top-40 hits “I Will Be in Love with You” and “I’ll Come Running,” to “I Can Dream of You” and “Boatman,” the last two recorded by his brother James, Livingston Taylor has been performing and writing songs for more than 50 years. He is known for mastering a wide range of musical genres from folk, pop, gospel, jazz— to upbeat storytelling and touching ballads to full orchestra performances. Mr. Taylor is also a full professor at Berklee College of Music, where he has taught a Stage Performance course since 1989.

Equine Advocates, a national, non-profit equine protection organization based in Chatham, NY, will be celebrating its 25th birthday on February 27, 2021. Our mission is to rescue, protect and prevent the abuse of equines through education, investigation, rescue operations, the dissemination of information to the public and through the operation of a horse sanctuary for slaughter-bound, abused and neglected equines.

Please watch this page or visit our official Facebook page, for more details.

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