I somehow missed this news item. But really, should we be surprised that Samuel Alito is as hateful and evil as we feared? His mash note to James Dobson, who has found fame and fortune in advocating hate and intolerance of millions of Americans, is quite revealing ... and frightening:
Dobson, head of the Colorado Springs-based conservative Christian ministry that reaches more than 200 million people worldwide through broadcasts and publications, read Alitoâ€™s note on his Wednesday radio program.
The note thanks Dobson and his listeners for supporting Alito during his U.S. Senate confirmation hearings.
Dobson said Alito wrote that â€œthe prayers of so many people from around the country were a palpable and powerful force. As long as I serve on the Supreme Court I will keep in mind the trust that has been placed in me.â€?What does that mean? We know what Dobson's ideas are: forced pregnancy and church-run-state-run breeding laws, not to mention sexual orientation laws to keep Dobson and his sheep from turning gay. This note seems to express Alito's affinity for Dobson's opposition to freedom and equality.
Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said Alitoâ€™s note was in response to a letter Dobson sent him congratulating him on his confirmation. She said his pledge to â€œkeep in mind the trust that has been placed in meâ€? was a line he included in many replies to congratulatory letters.
Again with the "He didn't really mean it" defense?
Sen. Wayne Allard, R-Colo., who supported Alito, wasnâ€™t concerned about the note.
â€œHis only reaction to the letter was to say that, in his opinion, it just goes to show that both Justice Alito and Dr. Dobson have nice manners,â€? an Allard spokeswoman said.
Of course, Allard loves that Dobson support, too, especially when it comes from just down the Interstate.
Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, called the note â€œgrossly inappropriate conduct.â€?
â€œHe kind of sounds like the winning political candidate doing a victory lap and thanking his backers,â€? Lynn said. â€œHeâ€™s not sounding like a fair and independent judge.â€?
He said the note can be interpreted as a pledge to rule as Dobson wants on key issues, such as gay marriage, abortion and church-state separation.
â€œIt sounds like heâ€™s carrying a right-wing agenda instead of being a justice for all the people,â€? Lynn said, noting heâ€™s never heard of a Supreme Court justice writing such a letter.
Lynn, whose group opposed Alitoâ€™s nomination, called Dobsonâ€™s reading the note on air â€œastonishingly strange conductâ€? indicative of a â€œself-congratulatory impulse on the part of Dobson.â€?
Focus on the Family did not return two phone calls Wednesday seeking comment.
Ellie Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority, which opposed Alitoâ€™s nomination, called the note â€œhighly unusualâ€? and akin to someone thanking his political supporters.
â€œWhatâ€™s happening is, the courts are becoming more politicized,â€? she said. â€œSo much of it is about private conduct and the agenda of the right wing.â€?
The Republican response: "Whaddayagonnadoabowdit!"
[Via Jessica at feministing.com]