Brett Kavanaugh. Brett Kavanaugh. Brett Kavanaugh. Brett Kavanaugh. Brett Kavanaugh. Is this kind of what it has felt like to receive our emails and correspondences lately? I hope so--and, at the same time, I want to answer a legitimate question: Does it make sense for Americans United to invest, as we have, in trying to defeat the nomination of Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court when the chances of victory have seemed remote? The answer to this question is an emphatic yes, but I realize this is not self-evident, so please allow me to explain.
First, too much is at stake to sit on the sidelines. The Trump-Pence administration is doing everything it can to tear down the wall between religion and government in an effort to give special status in our country to their base--far-right evangelical Christians--and the nomination of Kavanaugh is a part of this plan. As a report AU issued details, Kavanaugh's proven track record of hostility to church-state separation indicates he could endanger religious freedom for generations to come.
With our core principle on the line, AU is obligated not only to fight until the end but to do everything in our power to stop Kavanaugh. And we must believe in our power.
A recent New York Times op-ed titled "Go Ahead, Millenmals, Destroy Us," contained an interesting passage: "Power is like money: imaginary, entirely dependent upon belief." Our success depends in large part upon our--and your--belief in the power of our collective voice. Would the Voting Rights Act have passed if Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had said to himself, "The odds aren't great, so we should sit this one out"? Trying hard doesn't promise victory, but it sure increases the chances of success.
Second, we must make clear that this isn't a game of Monopoly. There will be no "Get Out of Jail Free" cards when this administration nominates people now or in the future to the federal bench who endanger religious freedom in America. Instead, we will not only raise our own voices, we'll also educate senators and mobilize allied organizations, AU members and faith leaders to speak out about the nominee's problematic record on church-state separation.
Third, our Kavanaugh campaign establishes us as a contributing and respected coalition partner among other national leading groups in Washington. The Rev. William Barber, an inspiring religious leader who some refer to as a modern-day Dr. King, talks about the need for a "moral fusion movement." His point is...