Nominees for our courts must be vetted to ensure that they follow the Constitution and protect the separation of church and state. The Secular Coalition for America lobbies to ensure that nominees to the courts will protect freedom of conscience for all Americans.
Justice John Paul Stevens has been a historic champion of our constitutional separation of church and state. He has consistently sought to strike down special privileges for religion and its impositions on the rights of others. President Obama's choice to replace him, Solicitor General Elena Kagan, does not appear to embrace the fundamental American principle of church-state separation with the vigor and force of Justice John Paul Stevens.
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This letter, containing questions that the Secular Coalition for America developed regarding Solicitor General Elena Kagan's record on church-state separation issues, was sent to Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy as well as all the other members of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
June 24, 2010
The Honorable Patrick Leahy United States Senate Washington, DC 20510
One-fifth of U.S. House Members are co-sponsoring at least one of two resolutions that falsely assert the constitutionality of the National Day of Prayer, an event that the Secular Coalition for America today decried as divisive and in violation of America's founding principles. The lobbying group representing the interests of atheists, agnostics, and all other secular Americans called upon Members of Congress to reject the resolutions and upon President Obama to end government-sanctioned religious events.
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After decades of noble service on the United States Supreme Court, with an unflinching respect for America's secular foundations, the Secular Coalition for America honors the legacy of Justice John Paul Stevens on the announcement of his retirement today. Read more »
The Secular Coalition today urged the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to address the topic of religious liberty during Justice Sotomayor's confirmation hearings.
In a letter sent to the DC offices of the 19 senators in the committee, the Coalition praised Justice Souter's strong history of defending the separation of church and state and reiterated the significance of the upcoming confirmation hearings in light of that legacy. Read more »