During his 12-year tenure on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, Judge Kavanaugh has had few chances to weigh in on matters of religious freedom, leaving us concerned about what we can expect if he’s confirmed.
While Interfaith Alliance does not take a position on any candidate for office, we recognize that a thorough and timely vetting process ensures that each judicial nominee bears an abiding commitment to the Constitution and a determination to respect the inherent rights of every citizen.
As with every nominee, we have many questions. How will Judge Kavanaugh seek to balance America’s guarantee of religious freedom with the protection of equal rights for all? How will he maintain the progress we’ve seen in recent years to strike religious bigotry from our laws? And how will he ensure that no religious or racial minority is ever subject to discrimination, unjust scrutiny, and exclusion from the rights and freedoms of American citizenship?
Every nominee deserves an opportunity to answer these questions and more — but first, they must be asked. The Senate has the obligation and duty to thoroughly question all potential justices on these issues. Join us in ensuring that every newly confirmed member of the Supreme Court is a champion for true religious freedom. Interfaith Alliance has asked the Senate to pose these 5 questions.
What does Judge Kavanaugh’s record tell us about his views on key religious freedom issues? Our one pager, Kavanaugh on Religious Freedom, explores his statements on the “wall of separation” metaphor, freedom from religious coercion in the workplace, school voucher programs, and prayer in public schools.
We joined with 37 national faith-based, nontheist, and religious liberty organizations that share genuine concerns about the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to be the next Supreme Court justice. Read the letter to Senators.
The Senate Judiciary Committee held confirmation hearings on September 4-7, 2018. Senators asked Judge Kavanaugh pointed questions about religious freedom, but his answers left us with lingering concerns about his commitment to ensuring that people of all faiths and of none are treated equally before the law. We shared these concerns with the Judiciary Committee on September 12, as they began the official markup of Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination.