EXCERPT from American Baptist Press:

WASHINGTON (ABP) — With the Supreme Court's oldest and longest-serving member announcing April 9 his retirement, advocates for strong church-state separation urged that Justice John Paul Stevens' replacement be as devoted to preventing government establishment of religion as the retiring jurist.

However, some called for a successor who can improve on what they view as Stevens' mixed record when it comes to enforcing the other half of the First Amendment's religion clauses — protecting the free exercise of faith.

"Justice Stevens is an icon — a thoughtful, perceptive justice who understands the role of church-state separation in American life," said Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, in a press release. "It is vitally important that President Obama choose a high-court nominee who understands that government may not meddle in matters of religion."

Read the full article:  http://www.abpnews.com/content/view/5032/53/


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