Biggest group of US churches says Kavanaugh 'must step aside immediately'


A coalition of more than 100,000 U.S. churches says Kavanaugh has 'disqualified himself' from a position on the Supreme Court.

The National Council of Churches, a group that represents more than 100,000 churches and 40 million churchgoers across America, is calling for the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be withdrawn, saying he has "disqualified himself" with his own behavior.

"We believe he has disqualified himself from this lifetime appointment and must step aside immediately," the council said in a statement.

The faith group pointed to Kavanaugh's disgraceful behavior at last week's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, noting he showed "extreme partisan bias" and demonstrated he lacks the "temperament" and "character" to be on the Supreme Court.

"Judge Kavanaugh exhibited extreme partisan bias and disrespect towards certain members of the committee and thereby demonstrated that he possesses neither the temperament nor the character essential for a member of the highest court in our nation," the statement said.

The council also criticized Kavanaugh for telling "outright falsehoods" during his testimony.

On top of his behavior during the hearing, as well as the sexual assault allegations that prompted the hearing, the group cited Kavanaugh's "troubling" judicial and political record on civil rights issues like "voting rights, racial and gender justice, health care, the rights of people with disabilities, and environmental protections" in its call for his nomination to be rescinded.

The only people who could officially withdraw the Supreme Court nomination are Trump and Kavanaugh himself. However, the Senate could reject his confirmation when they vote on it — and the calls for them to do just that are growing louder.

On Wednesday, a group of more than 650 law professors — including more than a dozen from Kavanaugh's own alma mater Yale Law School — signed a letter urging the Senate not to confirm Kavanaugh.

The professors cited his "lack of judicial temperament," which they said disqualified him from a position on the court.

This comes just after three of Kavanaugh's former law clerks rescinded their support for him, citing concerns over the sexual assault allegations that have been brought forth by three different women.

Two former Yale Law School classmates also wrote a letter withdrawing their support for Kavanaugh this week, citing his extreme partisanship and "lack of judicial temperament" during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

Those very characteristics, however, are exactly why Republicans are so desperate to install him on the Supreme Court. They want a hyperpartisan judicial activist who is willing to lie and contort himself to push through an extreme right-wing agenda, and they're willing to do anything to get it — even if it means destroying the legitimacy of the court in the process.

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.