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Pelavin: "We hope that the next Supreme Court Justice will follow in Justice Souters footsteps as strong defender of religious freedom and the separation of church and state."
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WASHINGTON, D.C., May 1, 2009 - In response to press reports that Justice David Souter intends to retire at the end of the 2008-2009 Supreme Court term, Mark J. Pelavin, Associate Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:
Throughout Justice Souters tenure on the Supreme Court, he has proven to be a great defender of religious liberty and its necessary corollary, the separation of church and state. His extensive writings have been pivotal in carrying forward the tradition of the Warren and Burger Courts to erect a robust wall protecting religious communities from the interference of the government.
We hope that the next Supreme Court Justice will follow in Justice Souters footsteps as a strong defender of religious freedom and the separation of church and state. We hope the Court will, once again, become the arbitrator and protector of our most cherished fundamental rights and liberties."