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Week Ending July 22, 2005
July 22, 2005 7:58PM EST





President George W. Bush's nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge John G. Roberts is an honorable man, a man virtually no one can find fault with. He is an honors graduate of the Harvard School of Law and as a clerk in the Supreme Court actually had the responsibility to research and write decisions that were then Roberts and Bush edited and signed by Chief Justice Rehnquist. Judge Roberts is a man who believes the duty of a judge is to interpret existing law, not legislate from the bench. Judge Roberts is such a solid pick for Supreme Court and so hard to find fault with, that the liberal media began attacking his wife, Judith, within a few days of his nomination. Both the Boston Globe and the Los Angeles Times have already run stories critical of Judith Roberts' association with Feminists for Life, a pro-life organization in Washington, DC. Others have attacked his church, even demanding to know the names of those who attend church with him. Then there is Senator Chuck Schumer, the New York attack dog of the Senate, who is now demanding that all private documents written by Roberts while he was an attorney for the White House be turned over to him. Senator Schumer made no such demand for private documents during the hearings for Justice Ginsberg, who was an attorney for and an officer of the ACLU.


Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) is committed to running the nomination of Judge Roberts through the Senate in the same timely manner as were both nominations made by President Bill Clinton. The Ginsburg process lasted only 42 days and Frist sees no reason why Judge Roberts cannot be confirmed as early as September 3rd, and certainly no later than October 3rd, in time to take his seat on the Supreme Court for the beginning of its fall session.


The FBI will do background checks on Judge Roberts for the next three weeks. All of his associates and even his old classmates from thirty years ago at Harvard will be interviewed. Even employees of the adoption agency where his two small children were recently adopted will be interviewed. His bank records and all of his investment transactions will be scrutinized as well. All this information will be handed over to the Judiciary Committee. Left-wing attack dog Senator Schumer will have access to all the material and we can only pray that his office does not distort the findings and then leak them to the press. The American Bar Association's review of Judge Roberts' credentials will also take about three weeks and it is assumed their findings will be excellent, as their reviews of him have been in the past.

There will be only four days of hearings in September according to my contacts in the office of Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter (R-PA). Chairman Specter is giving his full support of Judge Roberts and has told those close to him that the hearings will not last longer than those of previous Supreme Court nominees. Day one of the hearings will be consumed primarily with the opening statements of Senators. We can assume that Senator Chuck Schumer will spend his time attacking Roberts' wife and children. Toward the end of the day Judge Roberts may answer some verbal questions. All of day two will be questioning of Judge Roberts. On day three "outside groups" such as the Religious Freedom Coalition and the ACLU will be allowed to offer testimony. Day four is reserved for "mark-up." Mark up is the public debate between the Senators on the Judiciary committee as they produce a report on the nominee to send to the Senate floor. The nominee is sent to the floor regardless of the outcome of the vote of the Judiciary Committee. The Committee merely votes to "recommend" or "not recommend" the confirmation. Senator Frist has indicated that no more than two to three days will be permitted for floor debate. What can you do? It is extremely important that Senator Specter and his counterpart on the Judiciary Committee, Senator Leahy (D-VT) receive e-mail, faxes and letters. Because of security it can take months for a letter to reach a Senator in the postal service. (A friend of mine in Senator Frist's office just received a 2003 Christmas card last week.) I highly recommend a fax rather than an e-mail because of the paper trail, but an e-mail does count. What the White House wants to see is mountains of paper piled up in front of Senator Specter, showing public support for Judge Roberts.

Please keep this in mind: Six Supreme Court Justices have used "international law" in their decisions. (Click here for Court decisions using "international" law.) Judge Roberts will not do this. In your e-mail or fax you may want to point out that you want a Justice who will not impose the laws of France or Saudi Arabia on the American people.



William Murray at rallyOn Thursday of this week I spoke at a Falun Gong rally held on the south steps of the Capitol Building. This is perhaps the third or fourth year I have spoken at the group's rally which is always held in the middle of July. While I am not a supporter of the Falun Gong, I believe in freedom of religion and freedom of speech (with certain traditional exceptions). Neither freedom of religion or speech exists in China. During my remarks I pointed out that China is not a communist nation, but rather a National Socialist or fascist regime which uses the free enterprise system as a tool to finance itself. China is operated no differently than was Franco's Spain, Hitler's Germany or Huissein's Iraq. (Click here for my remarks on Chinese fascism)


Peggy Birchfield, Executive Director of the RFC, along with some other conservative leaders met with a high ranking White House official early in the week. Sensitive issues discussed included the Violence Against Women Act, Sex and Human Trafficking, Embryonic Stem Cell research, Cloning, adoption issues and the nomination of Judge John G. Roberts to the Supreme Court. Being fully informed of the White House positions on these issues assists the Religious Freedom Coalition in knowing areas of concern. Many meetings we attend with White House staff, Senators and congressmen are "off the record" which means we cannot publish actual details of the discussions.


RFC staff also participated in the North Korea Freedom Day International Conference on Capitol Hill. The conference, entitled "Freedom for All Koreans," featured issues such as Human Trafficking of Korean women in China, Human Rights in North Korea, defector forums and an interfaith panel discussion of religious freedom. Among the speakers was Kang Chol Hwan, a North Korean defector who spent 10 years imprisoned in the gulag of Yodok, a brutal concentration camp. Distinguished author and journalist Nathan Sharansky also spoke at the event. A senior fellow at the Shalom Center in Jerusalem and currently Honorary Chairman for "One Jerusalem," Sharansky has written two books on the oppression in North Korea: The Case for Democracy: The Power of Freedom to Overcome Tyranny & Terror and Aquariums of Pyongyang. The books highlight the lack of basic human rights in North Korea. Under dictator Kim Jong II, North Koreans are starved, beaten, placed into forced labor camps and publicly executed. The Religious Freedom Coalition is urging full funding of the North Korean Human Rights Act of 2004 in the Senate Foreign Operations appropriations bill.


In less than one week I will once again travel to Bethlehem. During the first week of August I will distribute thousands of dollars to families of school age children to help them pay tuition and other costs of attending Christian schools. In some instances 100% of tuition has already been provided by the schools, but the families have no funds for uniforms, school lunches or study materials. In other instances the families must pay a share of the tuition. With most Christian families unemployed, this is a great burden. The average grant per child will be about $300.00. For some families this will mean the difference between being able to send their children to Christian schools rather than sending them to public schools run by the Palestinian Authority. While in Bethlehem I will also be working to arrange for business ventures to help Christian families stay in the birthplace of Christ. Christians once numbered 85% of the population of Bethlehem, and they have now been reduced to less than 20%. Unless Christians in the West reach out and help the Christians in and around Bethlehem, the birthplace of Christ will become nothing more than a theme park operated by Muslim businessmen. YOU CAN STILL HELP THESE KIDS. Please help with a gift to our work in the Holy Land at this secure link or mail a gift to RFC Bethlehem Project, PO Box 77511, Washington, DC 20013. If your church or corporation would consider a grant please call Scott Parker at 202.543.0300. 


Olive Oil soap For several years the Religious Freedom Coalition has offered 100% olive oil soap handmade by Christian families in Samaria. The men of these families are converts from Islam and have been accused of being "collaborators" with Israel. As a result they have death warrants against them and cannot return to their villages. Please order a few bars of soap to help these persecuted Christians. Your church can also offer the soap for sale and send the proceeds to the Religious Freedom Coalition. The soap is available to individuals for just $3.95 per bar! To learn more about this handmade olive oil soap  click here or on the image.


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