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Task Force denounces Justice Sunday II backers for attacking the bedrock of American democracy: an independent judiciary

Date: 
August 15, 2005

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'Their view on the role of the courts is stunningly regressive. But no one should be surprised: these are the same people who compared the justices of the Massachusetts Supreme Court to Adolf Hitler after the decision ordering marriage equality.' —Task Force Executive Director Matt Foreman

WASHINGTON, Aug. 15 — Christian conservative leaders held their Justice Sunday II telecast last night where they denounced "judicial tyranny" and said they hoped to use the event as a "launching pad" to mobilize Christians against what they view as activist judges. The event, which featured a speech by House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, comes just three weeks before the Senate begins considering the nomination of John Roberts to replace retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.

Statement by Matt Foreman, Executive Director
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

"Once again, the forces of political and religious extremism gathered under the guise of standing up for 'justice' to call for tearing down the increasingly porous wall between church and state. And once again, a right-wing leader of Congress, this time House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, was there to attack the bedrock of our democracy, an independent judiciary. Their view on the role of the courts is stunningly regressive. But no one should be surprised: these are the same people who compared the justices of the Massachusetts Supreme Court to Adolf Hitler after the decision ordering marriage equality; who said judges who allowed Michael Schiavo to carry out his wife's wishes participated in a 'grisly killing'; and who have criticized the integration of women in the military.

"They are on a mission to extend government control over the most private of decisions — everything from who people fall in love with to reproductive choices to the right to refuse artificial life-extending measures. That they are doing it in the name of religion is nothing new. But the fact that they are the people most enthusiastic about the nomination of John Roberts to the Supreme Court should send a chill down every thinking person's spine. It is clear the administration assured the sponsors of Justice Sunday II that Roberts can be counted on to support their dreadful vision for this country.

"Yesterday's event did serve one purpose — it reinforced the need for the Senate to insist that the administration release documents produced by Roberts during his years of high-level government service. We all need to know what vision of America he stands for."

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The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the political power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community from the ground up. We do this by training activists, organizing broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and by building the organizational capacity of our movement. Our Policy Institute, the movement’s premier think tank, provides research and policy analysis to support the struggle for complete equality and to counter right-wing lies. As part of a broader social justice movement, we work to create a nation that respects the diversity of human expression and identity and creates opportunity for all. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., we also have offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis and Cambridge.