Tuesday, January 17, 2006

From Focus on the Family Action Chairman, Dr. James Dobson

Dear Friend,

Greetings from Colorado Springs. In the New Year, are you praying for a return to the Christian heritage upon which this nation was founded? Are you hoping that prayer will be allowed in public schools and that the Ten Commandments will be displayed proudly on public property? We believe this may be the year our country's secular trends will begin to be reversed – if Judge Samuel Alito is confirmed to replace retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on the Supreme Court.

With more federal judicial experience than any Supreme Court nominee in the last 70 years, Judge Alito possesses a judicial philosophy firmly rooted in applying the law as written. He has pledged to strictly interpret the U.S. Constitution and federal law – not create new laws based on the latest fads of left-wing law schools. Such a judge is desperately needed on the Supreme Court, which has or will be hearing cases on religious liberty, physician-assisted suicide, partial-birth abortion and parental notification for abortion. The very definition of marriage as being between one man and one woman also apparently will be decided in the near future.

Unfortunately, Judge Alito's judicial experience and outstanding record of public service are not enough for the liberal special interests. These groups are determined to defeat this good man. Judge Alito's nomination is in danger of being filibustered by those who prefer to take their marching orders from the left-wing radicals, who know that Alito would win a confirmation vote and are determined to deny him that vote. Nan Aron of the far-left Alliance for Justice pledged to do "whatever it takes" to keep conservatives off the Supreme Court. When asked what she would do to oppose Alito's nomination, she said, "You name it, we'll do it." We can be certain that the likes of George Soros and his unlimited resources will throw everything they have into the battle as well.

As the nominee to the Supreme Court, Judge Alito is entitled to fair consideration by each senator and an up-or-down vote on the Senate floor. To ensure that he receives that fair vote, every senator needs to know that his or her constituents want the confirmation process – an integral part of our democratic government – to be conducted with the dignity and consideration it deserves.

Please raise your voice on this matter now. I urge you to call your senators today and ask them to support Judge Alito when he comes before the full Senate later this month. For phone numbers for your senators, or for more information about Judge Alito, visit the "Supreme Court Resource Center" on our CitizenLink Web site.

Thank you for making your voice heard on behalf of Judge Alito's nomination. Never before has it been more important for people of faith to be involved in the democratic process.


James C. Dobson, Ph.D.
Founder and Chairman

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Focus on the Facts

In Judge Samuel Alito's career, he has:

  • Received the highest possible rating of "unanimously well qualified" from the American Bar Association.
  • Been unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate twice (first in 1987 for U.S. attorney; and then in 1990 as a judge for the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals, where he currently serves).
  • Argued 12 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Been named by legal scholars the most experienced judge to be nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court in 70 years.
  • More federal judicial experience than 105 of the 109 justices nominated to the Supreme Court in U.S. history.

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