Interfaith Alliance president Rabbi Jack Moline expressed concern following President Trump’s announcement of his nomination of federal appeals court Judge Brett Kavanaugh to take Justice Anthony Kennedy’s seat on the Supreme Court. 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 Rabbi Moline with a few questions:
- What role, if any, does your religious faith play in your judicial philosophy?
- If a conflict arose between your faith and your obligations to the Constitution, how would you resolve it?
- How might you describe your judicial philosophy concerning the Establishment Clause?
- Do you believe that the Free Exercise Clause supersedes other rights?
- What is your perspective on the current state of the law concerning direct government funding of religious institutions?
More on the questions for Judge Kavanaugh can be found here: https://medium.com/@intrfthalliance/five-questions-for-scotus-nominee-judge-brett-kavanaugh-ecde41429b58
Interfaith Alliance is a network of people of diverse faiths and beliefs from across the country working together to build a resilient democracy and fulfill America’s promise of religious freedom and civil rights not just for some, but for all. We mobilize powerful coalitions to challenge Christian nationalism and religious extremism, while fostering a better understanding of the healthy boundaries between religion and government. We advocate at all levels of government for an equitable and just America where the freedoms of belief and religious practice are protected, and where all persons are treated with dignity and have the opportunity to thrive. For more information visit interfaithalliance.org.