February 16, 2012

Contact the U.S. Senate: Oppose Judicial Activism

James R. Mason
HSLDA Senior Counsel

Jesse Furman, a lawyer with a proven track record of anti-Christian bigotry and judicial activism, has been nominated to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. A vote is scheduled in the Senate Friday, February 17.

HSLDA believes that the proposed confirmation of Mr. Furman should be stopped, because a traditional originalist view of the U.S. Constitution protects our rights as parents.

In a brief to the Supreme Court in the Good News Club case (which arose in New York), Furman wrote:

“In short, while the public school is ‘[d]esigned to serve as perhaps the most powerful agency for promoting cohesion among a heterogeneous democratic people,’ the Good News Club is designed to do quite the opposite: to label children as either ‘saved’ or ‘unsaved’ and, thus, to promote religious belief in general and Christian belief in particular. Indeed, the Good News Club expressly teaches that adherence to a particular faith is essential to one’s standing in the community—that those who ‘have received the Lord Jesus as [their] Savior from sin … belong to God’s special group—His family.’ ”

Furman characterized all of traditional Christianity as intolerant, and declared that a “categorical exclusion of that [Christian] speech as both a reasonable, viewpoint—neutral limitation, consistent with the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment, and as a limitation mandated by the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.”

Request for Action

Call the following key senators at (202) 224-3121 and ask them to oppose Mr. Furman’s nomination:

Alexander (R-TN)
Brown (R-MA)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Collins (R-ME)
Graham (R-SC)
Isakson (R-GA)
Kirk (R-IL)
Lugar (R-IN)
McCain (R-AZ)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Nelson (D-NE)
Snowe (R-ME)
Thune (R-SD)

Time is of the essence, so please call today!

If you have any questions about this issue, please contact HSLDA’s Federal Relations Department at federalrelations@hslda.org or 540-338-5600.

 Other Resources

For more information on why Jesse Furman should be opposed, click here.