Sep 28, 2018

Upon the Senate Judiciary Committee’s party-line vote moving Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination to the full Senate, Americans United for Separation of Church and State President and CEO Rachel Laser issued the following statement:

“Brett Kavanaugh faced a job interview by the Senate Judiciary Committee and failed miserably. This nomination shouldn’t move forward, especially without a full and fair investigation of the allegations made against him.

“Based on his record, Kavanaugh is wrong on the fundamental principle of separation of church and state and wrong for the Supreme Court. He supports the misuse of ‘religious freedom’ to undermine LGBTQ rights, women’s rights and the rights of religious minorities. This alone should disqualify him from the Supreme Court.

“Added to his dangerous record and positions are serious allegations about his sexual abuse of women – claims that necessitate the FBI reopening its background investigation into him.

“This nomination process has been flawed from the start: cherry-picked documents released, withheld records from his time in the Bush administration and a woefully inadequate investigation of sexual misconduct allegations. This process is a stain on the committee and the U.S. Senate.

“The process, though, is not over until the final floor vote. While we support further investigation that many senators have called for – including Republican Sen. Jeff Flake – the fact remains that Brett Kavanaugh is not worthy of a lifetime seat on our nation’s highest court. We call on the full Senate to reject this nomination.”

Americans United for Separation of Church and State is a religious liberty watchdog group based in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1947, the organization educates Americans about the importance of church-state separation in safeguarding religious freedom.


(Photo: Senate Judiciary Committee leaders Chuck Grassley and Dianne Feinstein. Credit: Screenshot from C-SPAN.)