FRC's Tony Perkins Urges Senate to Reject Elena Kagan Nomination

May 17, 2010, 17:45 ET from Family Research Council

WASHINGTON, May 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Family Research Council President Tony Perkins addressed the Baton Rouge Press Club today to discuss the nomination of Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Perkins made the following comments in his speech regarding Ms. Kagan's refusal to comply with federal law and cooperate with military recruiters on the Harvard Law School campus:

"Some have been defending Kagan's actions on military recruiting, claiming they do not demonstrate that she is 'anti-military.' There is truth in that she does not oppose the military simply because they are the military. However, she clearly does oppose the military because they have not yet bowed to the demands of the militant homosexual movement.

"It's not that Elena Kagan does not want the military to defend our nation against terrorism; it's just that she wants to use the military to advance the left's radical social policy more.  At least we know her priorities.

"In an amicus brief to the Supreme Court on the recruiters' case, she and others began with a sweeping declaration that is startling in its implications. Kagan and the others declared, 'We are deeply committed to a fundamental moral principle: A society that discriminates based on sexual orientation -- or that tolerates discrimination by its members -- is not a just society.' The implications of this are chilling for the freedom of speech and the freedom of religion.

"It should be frightening not only to the majority of Americans who still affirm that homosexual behavior is morally wrong, but especially disturbing to those whose views on homosexuality are the result of an orthodox view of the Bible which clearly characterizes homosexual conduct as sinful. It should also be alarming for those of us who live in the 45 states that still define marriage as the union of a man and a woman.

"Yes, our Constitution protects the freedom of speech and of religion. But that must and does mean 'tolerating' those who say publicly that homosexual conduct is harmful to both individuals and society and teach in our homes and churches that it is wrong.

"What exactly do Kagan and her allies intend to do to end such 'toleration' of our traditional moral views, in order to achieve their vision of a 'just' society?

"This history makes it clear that Kagan is part of a movement that is willing to sacrifice our freedoms for the sake of a narrow ideological agenda. That makes her clearly unfit for the Supreme Court and we will urge the Senate to reject her nomination."

SOURCE Family Research Council