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Statement by Religious Liberty Expert and Constitutional Attorney Kelly Shackelford on Today’s Senate Confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court

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April 7, 2022

Press Statement
For Immediate Release: 4.7.22
Contact: Lacey McNiel, media@firstliberty.org
Direct: 972-941-4453

Statement by Religious Liberty Expert and Constitutional Attorney Kelly Shackelford on Today’s Senate Confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court

Washington, DC—Today, the United States Senate confirmed Ketanji Brown Jackson as an Associate Justice to the Supreme Court of the United States.  The following statement in response to her confirmation may be attributed to Kelly Shackelford, President, CEO, and Chief Counsel for First Liberty Institute:

As a group dedicated to defending religious freedom, we are deeply concerned that Judge Jackson will not protect our nation’s first freedom.  Although Judge Jackson conceded religious liberty is a “fundamental right,” we remain unconvinced that she will protect that right based on her repeated refusals to specify her judicial philosophy or what she believes the free exercise of religion means.  We hope that as a Supreme Court Justice, Judge Jackson will reject the urge to legislate from the bench, as her past record so far indicates, and instead will choose to faithfully defend our freedoms and interpret the Constitution according to its original meaning.

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