January 9, 2006

AU Issues Alito Action Alert

Americans United for the Separation of Church and State has issued an action alert calling on those of us who aren't thrilled by the idea of an American theocracy to let our senators know that we oppose Alito's nomination. The full text of this important alert follows...

Alito Alert: Take Action Now!

SENATE HEARINGS BEGIN TODAY!
ACTION NEEDED TO PROTECT DECADES OF CHURCH-STATE SAFEGUARDS!

TAKE ACTION NOW!

President Bush's nominee, Samuel Alito, is unsuited for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court and the Senate should refuse to confirm him.
WITH THE CONFIRMATION HEARINGS STARTING THIS WEEK, it is imperative that Senators hear from constituents concerned about what potential impact Judge Alito would have on Supreme Court. Alito's record indicates that he views the First Amendment as placing few limitations on the ability of the far religious right to use the government to advance its narrow religious views, even at the expense of the religious freedom of minorities. Replacing Justice Sandra Day O'Connor with Judge Alito would fundamentally alter First Amendment law and immediately put at risk many of the crucial protections for religious minorities that the Supreme Court has recognized and consistently enforced during the past sixty years. As Americans United's supporters, WE URGENTLY NEED YOUR HELP in working to ensure that Samuel Alito is not confirmed to the U.S.
Supreme Court.

Alito's judicial record makes clear that he would work to dismantle the wall of separation between church and state and to open the door to majority rule on religious matters. During his fifteen-year tenure on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Judge Alito has shown himself to have a judicial philosophy and a view of the First Amendment that differ dramatically not only from Justice O'Connor's, but also from the settled understanding of fundamental Establishment Clause principles that has guided the Supreme Court's decisions for at least six decades. Please contact your senators and urge them to oppose Alito.

Judge Alito's brand of Establishment Clause jurisprudence would bring about remarkable- indeed, radical- results, with potentially devastating consequences for the separation of church and state as we know it.


** TAKE ACTION! **
Please urge your senators to oppose Samuel Alito.

BACKGROUND
For more information, please see Americans United's report (PDF).


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