Center For Inquiry Statement on Elena Kagan to be Supreme Court Justice

May 14, 2010

On May 10, 2010, President Barack Obama nominated the Honorable Elena J. Kagan, Solicitor General of the United States, to be an Associate Justice for the Supreme Court of the United States, replacing Associate Justice John Paul Stevens.

As an organization committed to fostering a secular society based on science, reason, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values, the Center for Inquiry is encouraged by Solicitor General Kagan's comments and actions on abortion and rights for gays and lesbians. Her views on church-state separation remain unclear, however. The Center for Inquiry is examining General Kagan’s legal and personal record related to the Establishment Clause and other church-state concerns. Justice Stevens spent his long years on the Court consistently and stalwartly defending the principles of church-state separation, and it vitally important that his successor do the same.

The Center for Inquiry looks forward to learning more about General Kagan's views on a wide variety of issues related to the separation of church and state and to participating in a timely and unbiased confirmation process that includes a focus on these issues.

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Comments:

#1 SimonSays on Friday May 14, 2010 at 1:14pm

Matt, can you point to specific statements she has made on these issues that are comparable to those of Stevens? My understanding is that there is very little she has written on these matters in general and I would be curious to see why you feel differently.

#2 tanya (Guest) on Friday May 14, 2010 at 1:21pm

can’t agree with you on this one..

#3 SimonSays on Friday May 14, 2010 at 1:22pm

Tanya, can’t agree with me or Matt?

#4 tanya (Guest) on Friday May 14, 2010 at 1:26pm

with Matt.

anyone that goes to bat for Monsanto is not ok in my books.

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