Interfaith Alliance President Decries Role of Religion in Supreme Court Nominations

October 31, 2005

Source: The Interfaith Alliance

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On October 31, 2005 The Interfaith Alliance reported, "In response to President Bush's nomination of Judge Samuel A. Alito to the Supreme Court, the Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy, President of The Interfaith Alliance, issued the following statement: President Bush has chosen a nominee whose record, on initial review, raises serious concerns about his commitment to uphold the rights and religious liberties of all Americans. The Interfaith Alliance calls on all parties in this debate to maintain civility and guard against allowing religion to become a weapon as it was in the nominations of Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Ms. Harriet Miers, and Judge William Pryor. Judge Alito's personal religious identity, if any, must not be considered or judged as a basis for his suitability for confirmation. The Constitution is clear: there shall be no religious test for public service. But it is absolutely vital that we know more about the nominee's record on religious liberty issues and what the nominee would do if his personal religious beliefs came into conflict with his duty to defend the Constitution. On behalf of our members and all Americans who value religious liberty, The Interfaith Alliance will closely examine Judge Alito's record, including his judicial decisions and public statements, particularly as they relate to freedom of religion and freedom from religion."