Court stripping is a legislative act that prevents the courts from hearing certain types of cases. The Secular Coalition for America sees these acts as dangerous efforts to prevent the courts from protecting the constitutional rights of minorities in America.
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