Millions of Americans from all faith traditions are coming together to say "No" to the extreme religious politics of Jerry Falwell, James Dobson, and Tony Perkin's Family Research Council. This well funded and heavily promoted effort called "Justice Sunday III is an attempt by politically-aligned right-wing religious fundamentalists to pressure Congress to load the courts with ultra-conservative judges. They claim that the courts have been secretly “working... like thieves in the night, to rob us of our Christian heritage and our religious freedoms” simply by upholding the constitutional separation of church and state.
The event's coordinator recently said, "Next week, when Judge Alito's critics bore in on him with their questions on "separation of church and state," we want people to understand what they really mean is to push people of faith out of the public arena. When they grill Alito on "privacy rights," they are really referring to abortion-on-demand and the newly-minted "right" to commit sodomy."
Wait a minute. Can they be serious? Join us in our common-sense corner for a moment.
When laws that protect persons of all faiths are said to “rob us of our Christian heritage and our religious freedoms,” then all constitutional logic about religious freedom is being turned on its head. If they succeed in loading the court with judges who favor one religious perspective over others, then religious freedom in our nation truly will be compromised.
Congress must not hear only from religious fundamentalists. The rest of us deserve a hearing, too.
You can help make that happen by signing FaithfulAmerica's Justice for ALL Petition below, which will be sent to your Senators in Washington.
Many of you have asked for a way to express a more thoughtful, inclusive, and tolerant view. Here is your opportunity!
Blessings to you as ever,
Vince Isner and your FaithfulAmerica.org Team
Sign this petition and notify:
On Sunday January 8th the organizers of the "Justice Sunday III" event will try to tell you that all those who question the Alito nomination and believe in the separation of church and state are "seeking to push people of faith out of the public arena."
As a person of faith, I strongly object to that false claim.
I am one of countless millions of persons of faith who love this country, value its diversity of thought, its protections under the law, and its respect for human dignity. We care profoundly about our country's values, the decisions of its courts, and the blessings of liberty it vows to uphold, We believe, just as all persons are equal in the eyes of God, so, too, all persons should be equal in the eyes of the law - no matter what their religious beliefs, personal moral convictions, or sexual orientation.
We pray that the actions of Congress in the judicial nomination and confirmation process will reflect our nation's historic commitment to religious freedom for all.
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