CFI Urges Senate Judiciary Committee to Ensure Next Attorney General Defends Civil Rights of All

January 6, 2017

The Center for Inquiry has submitted a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee requesting that, during its confirmation hearing for Attorney General nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions, members inquire about Sessions’ long history of antipathy towards the role of the Department of Justice and the federal government in ensuring equal protection under the law for all Americans.

In our letter, written by CFI Vice President and General Counsel Nicholas Little, we expressed and detailed serious concerns with Sen. Sessions’ “long history of public actions and reported statements opposing equal rights for all and challenging the role which the DOJ plays in ensuring all Americans can enjoy the rights guaranteed to them under the U.S. Constitution,” as well as his commitment to the principal of government neutrality towards religion.

As we write in closing:

The Department of Justice serves as the protector of all Americans — of all races, religions, genders, and sexual orientations — from oppression. When a state oversteps its authority, and tramples on the rights of individual members of society, it is to the Department of Justice that they turn for vindication. It is therefore essential that Sen. Sessions be questioned thoroughly regarding his commitment to equal justice for all Americans. CFI respectfully requests you to ensure that our next Attorney General is one committed to ensuring civil rights for all, not one who, as Sen. Sessions is reported to have said of civil rights cases as a US Attorney, wishes he “could decline on all of them.”

Sessions’ confirmation hearing is scheduled to take place over the course of two days: Tuesday, January 10, and Wednesday, January 11.

You can read and download our letter here