I have an odd email missive from David Christensen, VP of government affairs, a proud graduate of Liberty University and VP of government affairs at Family Research Council. The subject reads “Tell the Senate We the People Should Have a Say in Who Fills Justice Scalia’s Vacant Seat.”
Christensen goes on to write:
The late Justice Scalia’s Supreme Court seat has been vacant for about a month and we expect President Obama to make a nomination soon. Based on the President’s previous nominations, you can be sure that his top pick for Justice Scalia’s seat will be a jurist who, like the President himself, disrespects the Constitution and the will of its authors. Certainly, the nominee will not be one who respects that the power of the federal government and the courts is limited and enumerated.
May I be so bold as to remind Mr. Christensen that we elected President Obama — twice? Does that not represent the will of We the People? It is ironic that Christensen refers to respect. He works for a certified hate group. Moreover, aping right-wing demagoguery does not make him a legal scholar. Based upon Scalia’s legal theory of “originalism” Loving v. Virginia and Brown v. Board of Education would have gone the other way. States could impose bans on interracial marriage and Southern schools could be segregated. That would probably be fine with, Tony Perkins, head of FRC. He has direct ties to the Klan and David Duke.
Christensen isn’t really interested in et populi. Not at all. Christensen’s interest is the will of Family Research Council and other right-wing Christianist organizations who seek to impose their extreme religious beliefs – by force of law – on public policy.
And while he is at the altar of the late Scalia I wish that his organization would respect one of the Supreme Court’s rulings where he authored the majority opinion. That would be Employment Division v. Smith wherein Scalia clearly stated that there can be no religious exemptions to otherwise valid laws. Perhaps his employer would stop pimping people whose only contribution to society has been to discriminate against gay citizens in defiance of the law. Christensen goes on to write:
Senators should ensure the will of the people is heard, and that this November the people have the opportunity to weigh in regarding the Supreme Court’s next Justice. This is not the first time in history the Supreme Court will maintain eight justices for an extended period, and this is not the first time in history the Senate will refuse to confirm a justice appointed in an election year.
And what will be the excuse for blocking President Clinton’s nominee? I wonder. Furthermore, while waving the American flag, just how patriotic has this organization been? Prior to the decision in Obergefell, Tony Perkins warned that legalization of same sex marriage would lead to Christian insurrection.
The leader of this hate group contends that gay rights advocates intend to round up Christians in “boxcars.” The anti-Semitic Holocaust imagery is not lost on this observer. Leaders of FRC have also claimed that Muslims do not qualify for the same First Amendment protections as Christians. Where in the Bill of Rights did the authors cite an exception for Muslims? I cannot find it but it must be there somewhere. Since when did it become patriotic to discriminate against fellow citizens? It’s certainly not a cherished American value.