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Manipulation of Faith in Supreme Court Confirmation

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Religious leaders from across the country called on all 100 U.S. Senators to reject the "manipulation of faith" in the debate over the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Samuel A. Alito Jr.

Troubled by news reports that some groups seek to portray those who oppose the confirmation of Judge Alito as “anti-God,” which have surfaced since the Senate was last in session, signatories reminded Senators that, “People of faith can and do hold widely diverse views on political and policy issues, including the make-up of our nation's highest court.”

“As you undergo this important deliberative process, we ask you to reject the manipulation of faith and the suggestion that to be considered a godly public servant one must demonstrate unqualified support for the confirmation of Judge Alito,” the letter stated, “We encourage you instead to honor the diversity of the many voices through which God speaks and works in this great land.”

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