ADL Welcomes Supreme Court's Rejection Of Governor's Misguided Appeal
New York, NY, June 22, 1998
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today welcomed the
Supreme Courts widely-anticipated refusal to hear a dubious appeal by Alabama
Governor Fob James regarding prayer in the public schools. In an attempt to defy a
District Court ruling that forbids using public schools for religious indoctrination,
James had filed legal papers with the Supreme Court asserting, among other things, that
government officials are not obligated to follow Supreme Court rulings that they consider
"It is reassuring that our Supreme Court has rejected this outrageous attempt to
subvert the most fundamental tenets of American democracy," said Elizabeth Coleman,
ADL National Civil Rights Director. "Governor James is, of course, free to try to
argue for his own eccentric vision of the Constitution to whomever he pleases. At the same
time, however, the Supreme Court of the United States is obligated to reject his unsound
and baseless arguments."
The case in question, Chandler v. James, is currently on appeal in its proper
venue, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.