Jewish World Review August 3, 2005 / 27 Tammuz, 5765

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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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