Dear Friend of CFI Indiana,
The stakes could not be higher. President Donald Trump has nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. Lifetime Supreme Court nominations have the power to reshape America. It is imperative that a nominee who does not value the constitutional separation of church and state be rejected. Unfortunately, Judge Kavanaugh fits that description.
It’s up to the U.S. Senate to stop this nomination, and one of your Senators, Joe Donnelly, has yet to decide which way he will vote.
Will you tell Senator Joe Donnelly that Judge Kavanaugh is wrong for the Supreme Court?
Judge Kavanaugh’s judicial record is littered with examples of his support for religious and Christian privilege:
- In the case of Garza v. Hargan, Judge Kavanaugh allowed the government to stop an undocumented minor from accessing abortion care, a decision later overturned by the full panel of the D.C. Circuit.
- In a brief in Santa Fe v. Doe, Kavanaugh argued that not allowing prayers over a megaphone at a public school would lead to “the full extermination of private religious speech from the public schools.”
- In Priests for Life v. HHS, he dissented from the majority, saying that the non-profit exemption to the Affordable Care Act’s Contraceptive Mandate, requiring nonprofits to sign a form saying they did not want to provide contraceptive coverage, constituted an unacceptable burden on the non-profit’s religious rights.
- In Newdow v. Roberts, regarding “so help me God” in the presidential oath of office, Kavanaugh wrote to express his opinion that such public and official use of religion was permissible despite Article VI of the Constitution and the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment forbidding religious tests for public office.
And let’s be very clear: A vote for Kavanaugh is a vote to overturn Roe v. Wade. That means millions of women across the country will lose their right to abortion services. Countless women will die as a result of unsafe, “back-alley” abortions.
CFI’s President and CEO Robyn Blumner said it best:
“A seat on the Supreme Court is not a prize for the President’s most vocal supporters, but rather a critically important trust…Judge Kavanaugh’s history suggests he sees strict church-state separation as somehow unfair to religion — a dangerous stance that tosses out well-established and vital protections for us all.”
Senate observers widely consider the Senate to be divided almost exactly down the middle on Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation, and Sen. Donnelly is one of very few swing votes. The margin is so close that Donnelly’s vote could single-handedly make the difference for the future of the Court and the separation of church and state. Will you ask him to reject Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court?
Our constitutional right to freedom of and from religion is more gravely threatened now than at any time in generations. Please tell Senator Donnelly to protect separation of church and state by opposing Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court.
All you need to do is call (202) 224-4814 with your zip code handy to be connected to a member of Senator Donnelly’s staff. If you are unable to call, please use our action alert system to send Senator Donnelly a written message.
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