American Family Association Says Friedland Disregards Constitution, Will Trample Religious Liberties
Senators may soon vote on confirming presidential judicial nominee Michelle T. Friedland, a liberal San Francisco attorney and radical activist who has voiced her disdain for the Constitution and her views against religious liberty and traditional marriage.
President Obama nominated Friedland as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which handles federal appeals from California and eight other western states. The Senate Judiciary Committee sent her nomination to the floor with bi-partisan support in January.
“American Family Association strongly opposes the confirmation of Michelle Friedland because of her radical views on religious liberty and traditional marriage and her open disregard for the law of our land,” said American Family Association (AFA, www.afa.net) President Tim Wildmon. “Ms. Friedland has specifically stated that the Constitution has no validity apart from what a judge gives it, while the philosophy should be exactly the opposite. Her record indicates a clear disregard for a government run by the people and rooted in the rule of law. According to her own briefs, rights begin and end with judges, and her writings have detailed the limiting of religious liberty and the discrediting of traditional Judeo-Christian beliefs on homosexuality.
“The last thing America needs is more radical views within the 9th Circuit,” Wildmon continued. “We encourage concerned citizens to contact their Senators before the upcoming vote and voice their strong opposition to confirming Ms. Friedland.”
Friedland represented the University of California in a case in which religious courses were being denied because of their content. She also argued in Hollingsworth v. Perry that California voters violated the Constitution by maintaining that marriage was a sacred institution between one man and one woman. In 2009, Friedland also received the LGBT Award from the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California. Should she be granted a seat on the federal bench, Friedland would represent a serious threat to constitutional liberties for decades.
Friedland is a partner with the firm Munger, Tolles & Olson, where another recently appointed judge, John Owens, also practiced. Friedland is the third nomination for judgeship to come from that firm, which has been a large donor to Sen. Diane Feinstein and other politicians. The largest candidate recipient was Barack Obama, who received $65,531, according to the Judicial Action Group of Washington, D.C.
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