Tuesday, December 27, 2005

O.U.: Alito not extreme

Get ready for the Alito confirmation fight, it will get ugly, fast.


The Orthodox Union expressed support for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Samuel Alito’s record on church-state relations.
In a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee leaders, the Orthodox group came out against liberal organizations, who suggest Alito’s rulings would hurt protections of religious liberty.
The letter, signed by Mark Bane, chairman of the O.U.’s Institute for Public Affairs, and Nathan Diament, the institute’s director, said it’s impossible to view Alito’s positions on the separation of church and state as out of the mainstream. “Only those who would advocate the most extreme views of religion-state relations in America — either total separation or total integration — could assert as much,” the letter said.
The Orthodox Union did not specifically endorse Alito. Another Orthodox group, Agudath Israel of America, announced its support for Alito last month; the Union for Reform Judaism announced its opposition to him last month.
posted by Yeshiva Orthodoxy
at 8:12 PM


Anonymous SephardiLady said...

I believe that the Conservative movement came out (surprisingly enough) in favor of Alito.

11:00 PM  
Blogger Larry Lennhoff said...

As far as I can tell, the USCJ endorsed Judge Roberts, but has made no official statement to date concerning Alito.
This is based on a survery of their website, which had positions papers on the general philosphy of judicial endorsements, and on the USCJ's endorsement of Roberts. I could find nothing about Alito

12:28 PM  

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