The Next President Must Choose RBG’s Supreme Court Replacement

Dear Friend,

Last week, the United States lost one of its great champions of civil rights and the separation of church and state. With the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a vacancy of enormous consequence has opened in one of our nation’s highest offices.

It must be filled through a fair, impartial process that upholds the legitimacy of the Court. And it must be filled by a Justice who will defend the fundamental rights of all Americans.

None of that can happen if the Senate rushes through a nominee in the middle of one of the most bitterly partisan presidential elections in our country’s history. The election is only a little over a month away, and early voting has already begun in many states. But despite the standard he set himself when blocking a vote on President Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is trying to ram a nominee through the confirmation process anyway. Many of his Senate allies are pledging their support.

The future of church-state separation, reproductive freedom, and other fundamental rights are at stake with this nomination. One of the leading contenders for nomination by President Trump, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, has openly argued that Catholic judges should “conform their own behavior to the Church’s standard” when deciding complex legal cases. If she becomes the Court’s sixth conservative vote, Roe v. Wade is finished. LGBTQ+ rights could be rolled back to square one. Religious extremists will be given unprecedented power to trample everybody else’s rights.

Justice Ginsburg’s dying wish was unequivocal: “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.” Please join CFI in asking your Senators to commit not to vote on the confirmation of any Supreme Court nominee until after the presidential inauguration on January 20, 2021. Justice Ginsburg’s historic legacy demands no less.


Jason Lemieux
Director of Government Affairs
Center for Inquiry

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