Religious Leaders Denounce Robertson's Comments on Judiciary

May 4, 2005

Source: Religion News Service

On May 4, 2005 Religion News Service reported, "religious leaders, left-leaning political activists and victims of the Sept. 11 attacks in New York joined Wednesday (May 4) to denounce recent comments Pat Robertson made about the escalating battle over the federal judiciary. MoveOnPAC, a progressive group that provides financial backing to congressional candidates, said it's launching a TV ad campaign repudiating the religious broadcaster's Sunday (May 1) comments on ABC's 'This Week.' Robertson, who had a brief 1988 GOP presidential bid, told 'This Week' host George Stephanopoulos that federal jurists were a more serious threat to America than 'a few bearded terrorists who fly into buildings' and that Muslims were unfit to hold federal judgeships. 'And they have said in the Quran there's a war against all infidels,' Robertson said. 'Do you want somebody like that sitting as a judge? I wouldn't.' In a telephone news conference, the Rev. Jim Wallis, evangelical editor of Sojourners magazine and the author of 'God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It,' said Robertson's remarks were 'irresponsible, extreme and hurtful.' He added that Robertson's claims that 'all Muslims want to kill us' were particularly destructive to the healing process happening in the Islamic community."