FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 26, 2020
Manisha Sunil, West End Strategy Team
[email protected]; Phone: 202-417-0171
Rabbi Jack Moline: Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s Confirmation is an “Affront to Our Democratic Processes”
WASHINGTON — In a mostly party-line vote, the Senate today confirmed Justice Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court of the United States. Earlier this month, Interfaith Alliance took the unprecedented and historic step of opposing her nomination. In response to her confirmation, Rabbi Jack Moline, president of Interfaith Alliance, released the following statement:
“Since the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, we have maintained our belief that, with voting already underway, the nomination process should be led by whomever is elected in November. However, the nomination of Justice Amy Coney Barrett to the seat made it abundantly clear that this precedent – set in 2016 by Senate Republicans – would not be respected.
“A rushed, politicized confirmation process is an affront to our democratic processes. By confirming a justice only eight days before a national election, Senate Republicans are rejecting their own standards, further politicizing the Supreme Court, and silencing millions of Americans from having a voice in the nomination process. Not once, but twice we have seen the process for filling a Supreme Court seat manipulated for political advantage, and Justice Coney Barrett’s ascension to the Supreme Court will serve to radically shift the balance of the court to a degree not seen in decades.
“The confirmation of Justice Coney Barrett also presents an immediate danger to the religious freedom of all Americans. The freedom to believe as we choose is an essential component of American democracy. Once heralded as a shield to protect personal belief, the Trump administration has orchestrated a four-year coordinated campaign to distort our first freedom beyond recognition. The president has made no secret of his intent to cement this legacy through the appointment of a third Supreme Court justice.
“We urge Justice Amy Coney Barrett to uphold our foundational first freedom and commit to guiding our nation along the path toward justice. In the meantime, Interfaith Alliance will continue the fight to ensure that our leaders are representing the interests and protecting the freedoms of Americans of all faiths and none.”
If you are interested in speaking with Rabbi Jack Moline further on this issue, please contact Manisha Sunil at [email protected] or 202-417-0171.
Interfaith Alliance celebrates religious freedom by championing individual rights, promoting policies that protect both religion and democracy, and uniting diverse voices to challenge extremism. Founded in 1994, Interfaith Alliance brings together members from 75 faith traditions as well as those without a faith tradition to protect faith and freedom. For more information visit www.interfaithalliance.org.