People of Praise & Amy Coney Barrett: 5 Fast Facts

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Amy Coney Barrett and her husband Jesse Barrett are in the People of the Praise.

Federal Judge Amy Coney Barrett, who is on Donald Trump’s short list of candidates to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the United States Supreme Court, belongs to a religious group known as the “People of Praise” that assigns advisers who were once called handmaids and heads to members, according to The New York Times, which interviewed current and former members of the organization.

A spokesperson for the People of Praise told Heavy the term handmaid was used by the group to mirror Mary, Jesus’s mother, calling herself “the handmaid of the Lord” in the Bible, but the group changed the term for female leaders because its meaning has shifted in culture.

Amy Coney Barrett, 48, is an Indiana-based judge who serves on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, a position to which she

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