In God We Trust Chairman Bishop Council Nedd announced his opposition to the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the United States Supreme Court in light of her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“I personally attended some of the hearings and I am convinced that Judge Sotomayor is a very bad choice for a lifetime appointment to the highest court in the land,” Nedd says. “In God We Trust must oppose her nomination because of her obvious and unapologetic left-wing agenda.”
Nedd points out that in the very near future the Supreme Court could be deciding a number of critical religious liberty cases.
“Sotomayor is likely to side with left-wing activists and rule against individual freedom and our nation’s cherished traditions,” Nedd says. “Nothing Judge Sotomayor has said, written or done leads me to believe that she won’t deliberately use her position to impose her radical left-wing views on the American people,” he explains.
“America cannot afford to have another Supreme Court justice ruling that prayer or public recognition of the importance of faith is unconstitutional,” Nedd warns. “Sonia Sotomayor could be ruling on the constitutionality of the Pledge of Allegiance or the national motto ‘In God We Trust.’”
Left-wing anti-religious groups have for the most part remained strategically noncommittal on the nomination. Both Americans United for the Separation of Church and State and the Secular Coalition of America have pointed out that Sotomayor has a very thin record ruling on church and state issues as a federal appeals court judge. Both groups asked the Senate Judiciary Committee to question Sotomayor on her views.
“These anti-religion groups are being very cagey,” says Nedd. “They know Sotomayor will be a very reliable liberal vote on the court and they love that. However, they also know that their endorsement of her nomination will only hurt her with rank and file Americans.”
Polls taken in the days leading up to Sotomayor’s final confirmation vote pointed to softening support for the Hispanic jurist among the American people.
“Sotomayor’s record on religious liberty issues is very sparse,” Nedd admits. “I sure hope I am wrong and that Sonia Sotomayor turns out to be a fine legal scholar who simply follows what the constitution says instead of issuing left-wing edicts from the bench. However, I am definitely not holding my breath.