8/11/2005

Daily Kos: Battle of Justice Sunday Heats Up

Battle of Justice Sunday Heats Up
by Frederick Clarkson [Subscribe]
Thu Aug 11th, 2005 at 19:01:50 CDT

(From the diaries -- Plutonium Page. So, how many of you knew there's another Justice Sunday coming up? Well, now you do, and Mr. Clarkson's diary is an important read.)

The battle of Justice Sunday II promises to be a pivotal moment in the struggle over the federal judiciary that will set the agenda of the nation for generations. The effort is to energize conservative Christians in support of president Bush's judicial nominees. But progressive religious leaders of many faiths are speaking out against the Christian Right's rally for religious supremacy this Sunday, and the battle is likely to escalate before and after the event.

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Focus on the Family is countering with pre-rally interviews with the speakers, and the Trinity Broadcasting Network, the largest religious broadcaster in the U.S., announced today that TBN will broadcast a tape delay of the rally at 10pm EST on Sunday.

As the stakes get higher, the Family Research Council is paying to import a number of unnamed bloggers to Nashville to generate post event buzz. Uninvited, of course, is progressive blogger and UCC seminarian Chuck Currie who charges that the leaders of Justice Sunday, are attempting to "equate Christianity with support of conservative judicial nominees."

Meanwhile, progressive religious leaders held a national teleconference with reporters today. Their entire statements and the audiofeed are available at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism.

Here are some quotes:

"It is damaging to the legitimacy of the confirmation process to suggest that the necessary and comprehensive examination of a nominee's record, as well as support for or opposition to a nominee is in any way religiously motivated." -- Rev. Dr. Robert Edgar, General Secretary, National Council of Churches USA

"The judiciary has long upheld the Constitutional guarantee of free exercise of religion and separation of church and state that make our nation the most religiously diverse and robust democratic country in the world. It is troubling when people of faith are calling for the courts themselves to break down the wall separating church and state that has protected the right to freely exercise their beliefs." -- Ms. Mirin Kaur Phool, President, Board of Directors, Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund

"People are [asking] a diverse array of questions pertaining to Judge Roberts' broader judicial philosophy and constitutional interpretation as well as more detailed queries regarding his interpretation of privacy and the establishment clause. What all of these questions do have in common is that they deserve to be answered." -- Rabbi David Saperstein, Director, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

"No person or group can honestly claim to represent 'the' single authentic faith perspective on a given issue. Americans of faith and good will differ on the issues facing our country today, but those differences should never be cause for questioning another's faith or patriotism." -- Rev. Bill Sinkford, President, Unitarian Universalist Association

Daily Kos: Battle of Justice Sunday Heats Up

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