• Rick Scarborough
  • Nov 18, 2009

Yesterday, the Senate voted (70 to 29) to end a filibuster led by Sen. Jeff Sessions on the nomination of Judge David Hamilton to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.

After 30-hours of debate, a final vote is expected tomorrow. His nomination must be defeated. Hamilton would be an unmitigated disaster on the Circuit Court.

David Hamilton is a judicial activist par excellence. By nominating him, President Obama is fulfilling his campaign promise to pick judges on the basis of "empathy" for interest groups favored by the left, rather than experience, objectivity or commitment to the Constitution and rule of law.

As a district court judge, Hamilton ruled:

  • That prayers invoking the name of Jesus before sessions of the Indiana state legislature are "sectarian," therefore unconstitutional, but prayers offered to "Allah" in the same setting are non-sectarian, hence constitutional. Hamilton's "reasoning" is hard to follow, but the double standard seems to be because there are many more Christians than Muslims in the state - so prayers in Jesus name are more likely to threaten "church/state separation." (So Christianity is penalized because of its popularity.) In any case, Hamilton's absolutely bizarre decision was reversed by the 7th Circuit Appeals Court - the very court Obama now wants to put him on.
  • Against the petition of a rabbi to include a menorah in a holiday display in the Indianapolis Municipal Building also reversed by the 7th Circuit.
  • Against a law putting modest restraints on abortion in Indiana (requiring informed consent and a waiting period). In his rulings, Hamilton has been consistently -- some would say fanatically -- pro-abortion. As a district court judge, he spent seven years trying to overturn that state's informed-consent law, in ruling after ruling - in a determined attempt to frustrate the will of the people and the state legislature.
  • Against a common-sense sex offender law, thereby making it easier for pedophiles to prey on our children.

If that weren't enough, prior to being appointed to the U.S. District Court by President Clinton, Hamilton was a fundraiser for ACORN (the president's favorite "community organizers") and head of the Indiana chapter of the ACLU. As a judge of the 7th Circuit Appeals Court, Hamilton would be guided not by the Constitution but the ACLU's guidebook.

Please, help us to defeat David Hamilton's nomination. Don't let the Democrats turn the Senate into a rubber stamp for Obama's anti-Constitution, anti-Christian, activist nominees.

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Dr. Rick Scarborough founded Vision America in 1998 as an organization whose mission is to "inform and mobilize Pastors and their congregations to become salt and light, becoming pro-active in restoring Judeo-Christian values in America." He has published the widely acclaimed 252-page book appropriately entitled, Enough is Enough; a Call to Christian Involvement. Other published works include, In Defense of Mixing Church and State and It All Depends on What Is...Is. In 2007 he published Liberalism Kills Kids.

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