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Thursday, October 29, 2020
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(Jackson Richman/JNS) Jewish groups expressed mixed reactions to U.S. President Donald Trump’s announcement that he has nominated U.S. Seventh Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett to succeed the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Jewish Coalition for Religious Liberty applauded the nomination, which, if confirmed, would strengthen the conservative bent on the nation’s highest court with a 6-3 majority.

“This year, the Supreme Court will hear several cases with important implications for Americans’ religious liberty. It is imperative that the court make such momentous decisions at full strength,” JCRL said in a statement.

Nathan Lewin, who serves as the national vice president of the National Jewish Commission on Law and Public Affairs, told JNS that he is “enthusiastic...both because her attitude towards religious liberty and the Free Exercise Clause appears to portend greater recognition of the right to religious observance.”

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“In accordance with the standards set by Republicans in 2016, the winner of [the upcoming] election should pick the next Supreme Court justice,” said JDCA executive director Halie Soifer in a statement. “To deny the American people a say in this critically important period when some Americans have already voted is the height of hypocrisy and an unconscionable miscarriage of justice.”

In a statement, DMFI president and CEO Mark Mellman said, “With the nomination of Judge Barrett, President Trump and Republicans come ever closer to achieving their long-desired goals for the Court: eliminating the Affordable Care Act and its protections for those with pre-existing conditions; overturning Roe v. Wade and outlawing all abortions; and undermining democracy by deciding Trump is ‘re-elected,’ regardless of how Americans vote.”

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