Jewish World Review August 3, 2005 / 27 Tammuz, 5765
Is Federalist Society dangerously extreme?
The latest attempt to block the nomination of Judge John Roberts to the Supreme Court centers on his affiliation with The Federalist Society, a group of 35,000 legal scholars determined to challenge the liberal establishment at most law schools.
Columnist Molly Ivins and other leftists say Robert's short-lived listing on a local Federalist steering committee disqualifies him as an "extremist…out of the mainstream."
Amazingly enough, no one similarly discredited Justice Ruth Bader Ginzburg for her much more significant association with a truly extreme organization: the American Civil Liberties Union. Ginzburg served as a top lawyer for ACLU an organization whose support for criminals' rights and opposition to public expression of religion, places it on the fringe of American politics.
In contrast, the core principle of the Federalist Society that it's "the job of judges to determine what the law is, not to say what it should be" would win support from most Americans.
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