Saturday, December 31, 2005

Political & religious bigotry combine for upcoming 'Justice Sunday'

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According to an article published by (Hat tip: Pam's House Blend), political and religious leaders will are organizing another 'Justice Sunday', this time on the eve of the Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Nominee Judge Samuel Alito. The organizers say that Alito will protect "traditional marriage" and they are going to send out their messages of bigotry and hate via satellite to churches and homes across the nation. According to the article:
The program will originate at the Greater Exodus Baptist Church in Philadelphia. Scheduled speakers include U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum (R.-Pa), Rev. Jerry Falwell and James Dobson of Focus on the Family. Santorum who has White House aspirations in 2008 is one of the sponsors of a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. Falwell and Dobson are longtime opponents of LGBT civil rights. The Jan. 8 program, "Justice Sunday III: Proclaim Liberty Throughout the Land," follows two previous gatherings designed to rally support for conservative positions on abortion, gay marriage, prayer in public schools and other issues. The earlier events were held during the Senate showdown over judicial filibusters in April and before Chief Justice John Roberts' confirmation hearings in August. Democrats and LGBT groups accused speakers of trying to impose their religious views on the country.
Alito's nomination has been opposed by a host of LGBT civil rights groups, including Lambda Legal, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Human Rights Campaign, National Center for Lesbian Rights, and Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. In 2001, Alito authored a decision in the case of Saxe v. State. The decision declared unconstitutional a school anti-harassment policy including sexual orientation. The suit had orginally been brought by a group of "Christians" claiming that their rights to free speech (i.e. to tell people they are going to hell and to call them derogatory names) would be breached by the policy. On the flip side, however, Alito wrote as a law school student that discrimination against gays in employment and hiring "should be forbidden" (see story from Technorati Tags: , , , , , , , , ,