ADL To Senator Frist: Playing Religious Card Is 'Unacceptable' In Judicial Confirmation Debate
New York, NY, April 15, 2005 … Deeply troubled by reports that Senator Bill Frist will appear in a telecast organized by conservative Christian groups that portrays the filibustering of judicial nominees as "against people of faith," the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today urged Dr. Frist to reconsider his participation in the telecast, stating that: "Whatever one's views may be on this or any other issue, playing the 'religious' card is as unacceptable as playing the race card."
In a strongly worded letter to the Senate majority leader, Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, said he was "deeply troubled" by Dr. Frist's decision to appear in the "Justice Sunday" telecast on April 24. The program's message, "… is deeply flawed and a dangerous affront to fundamental principles of American democracy," Mr. Foxman said.
"The heated debate regarding the status of the filibuster in the United States Senate is a quintessentially political contest, not a religious struggle," Mr. Foxman said. "Nor should it be portrayed as such. Whatever one's views may be on this or any other issue, playing the 'religious' card is as unacceptable as playing the race card."
Organized by the Family Research Council, the "Justice Sunday" telecast will be aired on Christian television and radio networks and stations and will be broadcast over the Internet.
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