Contact Senators Burr and Hagan to let them know of your opposition
By L.A. Williams, Correspondent
Christian Action League
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan’s lack of judicial experience, her promotion of a personal agenda and her apparent disdain for the military — if not the Constitution — would make her confirmation to the nation’s High Court nothing short of disastrous.
“What can we expect from a Justice Kagan? We can expect a United States Supreme Court Justice who will support same-sex marriage and abortion on demand and oppose religion in the public square,” said the Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League. “Truly, the righteous mourn when the wicked are in power. (Proverbs 29:2).”
The 50-year-old who left her post as dean of Harvard Law School to become Solicitor General of the United States in March 2009 took a frightening legal position late last summer in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, arguing that Congress had the power to stifle corporations’ political speech.
Chief Justice John Roberts wrote that Kagan “asks us to embrace a theory of the First Amendment that would allow censorship not only of television and radio broadcasts, but of pamphlets, posters, the Internet, and virtually any other medium that corporations and unions might find useful in expressing their views on matters of public concern.”
Should her theory be accepted, “… First Amendment rights could be confined to individuals, subverting the vibrant public discourse that is the foundation of our democracy,” he wrote.
Though her lack of written legal opinions may make it difficult for members of the Senate to pin down where Kagan stands on some issues, she made it clear at Harvard that she would promote the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) agenda even when it compromises national security.
During the height of the Iraq War, Kagan tried to bar the military from recruiting on her law school’s campus based on her opposition to the federal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy and fought the issue all the way to the Supreme Court.
“Ms. Kagan’s incredibly hostile view of the military suggests she is out of touch with mainstream sensibilities and obedience to the rule of law,” said Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, who described the Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling against her as an “extraordinary rebuke to her legal and substantive reasoning.”
The American Family Association’s Tim Wildmon also spoke out against the nomination as have leaders of Concerned Women for America and Focus on the Family Action among others.
“Sadly, we look for a Justice Kagan to work for the overturning of the Defense of Marriage Act and the judicial imposition of same-sex marriage upon all 50 states,” wrote Focus Senior Vice President Tom Minnery. “We expect a continuation on her part of the Leftist allegiance to abortion-on-demand as well as the standard hostility to religion in the public square that has come to epitomize the liberal wing of the court.”
Although President Obama touted Kagan as someone who has an understanding of the law “not as an intellectual exercise or words on a page, but as it affects the lives of ordinary people,” many find that characterization hard to swallow.
“What could she really know about ordinary people?” the Rev. Creech asked, pointing out that being raised on the Upper West Side of New York, graduating from Princeton and working at Harvard hardly make her a spokesperson for “middle America.”
A former law clerk for Justice Thurgood Marshall, Kagan spent only two years in private practice before joining the faculty at the University of Chicago Law School. Between 1995 and 1999, she served as President Bill Clinton’s Associate White House Counsel, Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy and Deputy Director of the Domestic Policy Council. After a failed nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals, Kagan went back to academia at Harvard Law School and became dean in 2003.
In her writings following the 1980 elections, Kagan has said she “absorbed … liberal principles early,” adding, “More to the point, I have retained them fairly intact to this day.”
She wrote that she hoped that the future would “be marked by American disillusionment with conservative programs and solutions, and that a new, revitalized, perhaps more leftist left will once again come to the fore.”
Sadly, unless Senators stop her progress, Kagan could have immense influence in making her leftist dream come true.
“We are literally looking at a Supreme Court nominee who is likely to be on the court for the next 30 years,” said Rick Manning, spokesman for Americans for Limited Government. “That is an extremely … dangerous situation if you get the wrong person on the court ….”
The Washington Post characterized the nomination as evidence of the president’s emphasis on “personal interactions as much as deep knowledge of the law.”
Richard Garnett, associate dean of the University of Notre Dame Law School, said Obama’s choosing young jurists (Sonia Sotomayor confirmed last year is 55.) will “entrench his view of the Constitution for many years to come.”
“This makes it imperative that conservative Christians contact our two North Carolina Senators and ask them to oppose Kagan’s nomination,” the Rev. Creech said.
Take Christian Action: Contact Senators Burr and Hagan to express your opposition to the confirmation of Elena Kagan for U.S. Supreme Court.
Sen. Richard Burr
Washington, DC Office
217 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington DC 20510
Ph: (202) 224 3154
Fax: (202) 228-2981
2000 West First Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27104
Ph: (800) 685-8916
Ph: (336) 631-5125
Fax: (336) 725-4493
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Sen. Kay Hagan
Washington, DC Office
521 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Ph: (202) 224-6342
Fax: (202) 228-2563
701 Green Valley Road; Suite 201
Greensboro, NC 27408
Ph: (336) 333-5311
Fax: (336) 333-5331
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