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Americans United Applauds Nomination Of Ketanji Brown Jackson To U.S. Supreme Court

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Americans United for Separation of Church and State President and CEO Rachel Laser issued the following statement in response to President Joe Biden nominating Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court:

“Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is an eminently qualified jurist with a proven record of fighting to bring our country closer to its promise of equal justice for all. As the first Black woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court in our nation’s history, she will help ensure that the Court better reflects America and includes perspectives that have long been ignored.

“While Judge Jackson does not have an extensive record on church-state separation issues, we urge her to distinguish herself as a champion of our country’s foundational principle of separation of religion and government, which protects religious freedom for all of us. We look forward to further examining her record throughout the confirmation process. 

“We look to Judge Jackson to be a bulwark against the Court’s ultra-conservative majority, who seem set on redefining religious freedom as a sword to harm others instead of a shield to protect all of us. We deserve a justice who will defend our country’s foundational principle of separation of religion and government like our democracy depends on it – because it does.”

Americans United is a religious freedom advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1947, AU educates Americans about the importance of church-state separation in safeguarding religious freedom.

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