Dear Friend of CFI,
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 Manchin, has yet to decide which way he will vote. In fact, Senator Manchin has created a special email address for his constituents to weigh in on this historic vote.
Will you tell Senator Joe Manchin 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. Manchin is one of very few swing votes. The margin is so close that Manchin’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 Manchin to protect separation of church and state by opposing Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court.
All you need to do is complete our webform to send an email to Manchin. Alternatively, you can call Senator Manchin’s office at (202) 224-3954 to share your views with his staff.
If it’s helpful, please use the below script to communicate your views to Senator Manchin:
“As a secular West Virginian, I urge Senator Manchin to oppose Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Throughout his career, Judge Kavanaugh has shown hostility to our constitutional separation of church and state. He has allowed a narrow religious view to be imposed on the American public. A vote for Judge Kavanaugh is a vote to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Judge Kavanaugh’s judicial record is absolutely unacceptable for the Supreme Court. Senator Manchin must oppose his nomination. Thank you for listening to my concerns.“