As Amy Coney Barrett was going through hours of questioning Tuesday in the second day of his confirmation hearing to be part of the Supreme Court, more than 100 faculty members back at the University of Notre Dame, where he had been professor law 20 years, they were signing a letter opposing your appointment online.

The petition campaign came a day after the withdrawal of Notre Dame dean of the Law School Patricia O'Hara introduced Barrett to the Judicial Committee of the Senate on Monday as "an exceptional teacher and outstanding scholar" . Notre Dame's president, the Rev. John Jenkins, although not with a mask, also attended the ceremony in the White House Rose Garden two weeks ago where President Trump announced his appointment to the court Barrett.

The letter in part was intended to make the point that not all former colleagues Barrett in college to keep his appointment to the court, said Kristin Shrader-Frechette a Notre Dame sciences biological teacher who organized the petition with three other academics.

"to the attend the event Rose Garden - it was hard to distinguish from an act of political campaign - President Jenkins and others of Notre Dame may have inadvertently created the impression that Notre Dame is officially endorsing the actions Donald Trump and the appointment of Amy Barrett, "said the letter, which was signed by 133 professors from dawn Tuesday night.

"Many faculty members are strongly opposed to the nomination of Amy Barrett," the letter says. "Many of us do not know, but she seems to be a kind, decent, and intelligent. However, we strongly oppose sees - as reflected in his writings, opinions and dissents, "says the letter

In addition, Shrader-Frechette she and other organizers said -. Amitava Dutt, economy and political science professor; Steve Fallon, the human sciences and liberal professor; and Jacek Furdyna, a physics teacher - were concerned that Trump was using the presence of the Father Jenkins and other college to boost his re-election. "The Catholic vote is at stake in this election," she said, worrying that the university take sides in the election would harm academic freedom.

Not the first time you are in an institution with connections to Barrett have opposed his nomination to replace the late Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Last month, more than 1,500 students from Rhodes College, the small Memphis, Tenn., Institution in which Barrett magna cum laude graduated with a degree in English, signed a telling statement that they are "firmly and passionately opposed his nomination . "

Barrett, is expected to be confirmed to the court by the Republican majority in the Senate, is, however, faces strong opposition from Senate Democrats who say that his appointment would move the court to the right putting the affordable Care Act and abortion rights in jeopardy. Legal experts say higher education Barrett's appointment could affect other related matters colleges and universities, including threatening consideration of race in admissions.

On Tuesday, however, Barrett repeatedly refused to say how he would vote in a case headed to court is seeking the repeal of the law health care as unconstitutional. Barrett, who said he has not given guarantees Trump or Republican senators about how he would vote on several controversial issues, said that to take a position now would make an "expert" and promised to consider the outstanding resources carefully and in consultation with other judges.

Barrett, a Catholic, also continued to insist, as he did in his opening statement Monday that his judicial opinions would not be colored by their personal views.

"I can not take political positions or express my personal views before the committee," he told senators on Tuesday, "because my personal views have nothing to do with the way it was to decide cases, and does not want anyone is unclear about that. "

Barrett said later, "Part of the reason for courts that adhere to the rule of law, and judges who take great care to avoid imposing their political preferences, is that it is incompatible with the democracy. Nobody wants to live in a world with Amy law. I'm sure my kids do not even want to do that. "

However, Shrader-Frechette said organizers are concerned, inter alia, that Barrett advocates the legal philosophy of originalismo, which interprets the Constitution based on the way he was seen by those who he ratified at the time. Shrader-Frechette but said the view "is likely to leave out people in our democracy," because the authors of the Constitution does not include people of color or women.

"Our campus has many homosexuals, and 'is concerned. Our atheists are concerned. Our Muslims are concerned. Our Jewish faculty are concerned, "he said.

The Democrats also oppose letting Trump name the successor Ginsburg less than three weeks before voters could decide to vote him out of office. Notre Dame faculty agree.

"Many faculty are strongly opposed to the process by which the judge Barrett is being driven by the president and the GOP, especially on the eve of the presidential election," the letter said. "This impulse contradicts the arguments of Republican senators in the past that the judges of the Supreme Court should not be appointed just before a presidential election."

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