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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Stop Ultra Liberal Judicial Nominee Jesse Furman!

Stop Ultra Liberal Judicial Nominee Jesse Furman!

This Friday, the Senate will vote on a Cloture motion to end discussion and move to final confirmation of Jesse M. Furman, whom President Obama has nominated to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Furman is considered one of Obama’s most radical and controversial nominees. We need you to call your Senators and tell them to vote NO on Cloture on Jesse Furman’s confirmation for the following reasons:

Furman has actively advocated against religious freedom.

In 2001, Furman joined in filing an amicus brief in the landmark Supreme Court case of Good News Club v. Milford Central School, seeking to ban a Christian organization from using public school property, outside of school hours, even when the use was clearly not a school sponsored event. The Supreme Court soundly rejected Furman’s invitation to legislate from the bench.

Furman singled out Christians and declared that First Amendment free speech rights do not extend to Christians because they do not “promote cohesion among a heterogeneous democratic people.”

In his amicus brief in the Good News Club case, Furman argued:

“In short, while the public school is ‘[d]esigned to serve as perhaps the most powerful agency for promoting cohesion among a heterogeneous democratic people,’ the Good News Club is designed to do quite the opposite: to label children as either ‘saved’ or ‘unsaved’ and, thus, to promote religious belief in general and Christian belief in particular. Indeed, the Good News Club expressly teaches that adherence to a particular faith is essential to one's standing in the community — that those who 'have received the Lord Jesus as [their] Savior from sin … belong to God's special group — His family.' "

Furman characterized all of traditional Christianity as intolerant, and arrogantly declared that a “categorical exclusion of that [Christian] speech as both a reasonable, viewpoint-neutral limitation, consistent with the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment, and as a limitation mandated by the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.”

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