Atheists Express 'Grave Concerns' About Trump's Supreme Court Pick

President Donald Trump has announced that he will nominate Judge Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court. Judge Gorsuch currently serves on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. Gorsuch would fill the seat that has been empty for nearly a year after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

Following the announcement, Amanda Knief, American Atheists' national legal director, released the following statement:

"American Atheists has grave concerns about the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to serve a lifetime appointment on the United States Supreme Court. Judge Gorsuch's expansionist view of religion as a 'Get Out of the Law, Free' card is fundamentally at odds with the history of American jurisprudence and would allow religion to be used as a weapon against women, LGBT people, atheists, and others.

"I strongly urge members of the United States Senate to fulfill their Constitutional obligation to look deeply at Judge Gorsuch's record and determine whether or not his views about religious liberty are in line our American values.

"Having examined his record myself, it is clear to me that Americans deserve better than a judge who would prioritize the 'religious beliefs' of a corporation over the right of a woman to make healthcare decisions for herself and the bigotry of some over the fundamental human rights of vulnerable communities."

Gorsuch sided with a group of Catholic nuns who objected to filling out a form to opt out of contraception coverage as a religious accommodation in the Little Sisters of the Poor case and with Hobby Lobby in its lawsuit challenging the Affordable Care Act. Judge Gorsuch also dissented in the denial of an en banc re-hearing of American Atheists' successful lawsuit challenging the placement of crosses on public land in Utah. 

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  • commented 2017-02-17 18:45:59 -0500
    I fear the irreligious are underrepresented because they are not well formed. From years of lurking i see pockets for the group giving opinions but i never see rallies or outspoken leaders leading the charge, other than some intellectuals who end up going on TV to talk about their books or speaking down to religious folks. I might be misinformed but i don’t feel there is a leader, especially within the U.S.A that has mustered these people to sgive them a voice on a public forum. Unfortunately, even while some polls and research shows that the number of the irreligious has grown the growing influence of eastern religions are fast proselytizing and with the current climate of American politics the christian hardliners are winning so much influence under the guise of nationalism and conservatism directly recruiting into their cause the largely misinformed masses that don’t trust in intellectuals.
  • commented 2017-02-01 00:26:26 -0500
    “I would finally like to hear discussion in both democrat & republican debates as well as in the news media about the fact that America now has 23% (30% of those under 30) in the US who claim to be non-religious known as the “nones” in polls on religious affiliation. That is the largest minority of them all – the non-religious minority in America is far larger than:

    1. NRA members (1.6%)
    2. Jews (2.6%)
    3. Blacks (13.2%)
    4. Hispanics (17%)
    5. Asians (5.3%)
    4. Gays (5%)
    5. Illegal immigrants (3-5%)
    6. Non-Religious (23%)

    The US Supreme court has not had a non-believer on the bench since Justice David Davis (1877) nominated by Abraham Lincoln (a republican). The time has come to truly represent “WE THE PEOPLE” of America with a freethinker on the Supreme Court bench to represent the largest minority of them all! Who better to protect our SECULAR Constitution than a secular supreme court justice! Read the link and watch the video:

    http://www.freethoughtnation.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=29705#p29705

    Why on earth are we not even allowed a place at the table when we are at 23%? This is pure discrimination. We really need to fight for this."

    ; )