By a very narrow margin, the U.S. Senate today confirmed Brett Kavanaugh as an associate justice on the Supreme Court. It is no doubt a huge setback in our work, but it also makes what we do more important than ever.
As AU President and CEO Rachel Laser said in a statement: “Brett Kavanaugh has shown himself to be unworthy of a seat on the Supreme Court, and today’s vote in the Senate is a stain on that institution. Rather than a full and fair hearing that would have examined Kavanaugh’s record and the serious charges against him, the country saw a rushed, perfunctory process that had all the hallmarks of a sham.”
Not only were his views on the separation of religion and government dangerous, the fact that serious allegations of his sexual misconduct were not fully addressed is enraging. Survivors deserve better than that. Women deserve better than that. This country deserves better than that.
What we did see however, is millions of Americans – including AU’s own relentless members – speaking up and fighting back. And that’s what AU will continue to do: fighting for our foundational principles and real religious freedom for all of us.
So what now? One thing to take away is that the country has been reminded of the importance of our courts and the political process that chooses judges. With an important election a month away, we must not lose sight of understanding that who represents us matters deeply. That’s why, despite the frustration many are undoubtedly feeling right now, it’s no time to disengage.