Since the nomination of Judge John Roberts to the Supreme Court of the United States, the ACLJ has been ”on guard.”
We have carefully monitored the statements coming down the media pipeline from liberal Senators and left-wing activist groups for any false claims made against this worthy candidate.
And we have quickly reported these to you.
That is why I am writing this email to you today. The ACLJ has prepared written rebuttals to two reports recently issued by Americans United for the Separation of Church and State and People For the American Way.
Both reports represent faulty attempts to discredit the record and judicial philosophy of Judge John Roberts.
Below is a brief summary of each report:
Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU). In their report, AU is critical of Judge John Roberts’s position on church/state issues. They go so far as to insinuate that the confirmation of Judge John Roberts would endanger religious liberty in America.
The fact is that Roberts understands the First Amendment and the Establishment Clause and has a record of protecting the constitutional rights of people of faith.
Furthermore, he understands that the judiciary is not the legislature – that the role of a judge is to interpret the Constitution … not re-write it.
In reality, AU is afraid that Judge Roberts does not subscribe to its extreme secularist view that the government must avoid any recognition of the nation’s religious heritage. Their report resorts to hysterical warnings that do not bear up under rational scrutiny.
People For the American Way (PFAW). The report published by People For the American Way is full of hyperbole and distortion. The thrust of the report is that confirming Judge John Roberts would ”jeopardize” American civil liberties.
Here is just one of PFAW’s outlandish claims: Roberts has a record of hostility to separation of church and state.
And the truth: Roberts criticized the Supreme Court’s decision holding that a moment of silence at the beginning of the school day constitutes an ”establishment of religion.”
PFAW’s 50-page report is nothing but a desperate attempt to smear one of the best-qualified nominees in the history of Supreme Court nominations. It deserves no credence from the American people or the United States Senate.
We will continue to alert and inform you of these ”last ditch” efforts by left-wing activist groups to discredit Judge John Roberts – and help set the record straight.