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Contact: Deborah Hamilton, Hamilton Strategies, 215.815.7716, 610.584.1096,
April 7, 2014
Senate Set to Vote on Nomination of Radical Michelle T. Friedland for 9th Circuit Judge
American Family Association Says Friedland Disregards Constitution, Will Trample Religious Liberties

Senators may soon vote on confirming presidential judicial nominee Michelle T. Friedland, a liberal San Francisco attorney and radical activist who has voiced her disdain for the Constitution and her views against religious liberty and traditional marriage. 

President Obama nominated Friedland as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which handles federal appeals from California and eight other western states. The Senate Judiciary Committee sent her nomination to the floor with bi-partisan support in January.   

“American Family Association strongly opposes the confirmation of Michelle Friedland because of her radical views on religious liberty and traditional marriage and her open disregard for the law of our land,” said American Family Association (AFA, www.afa.net) President Tim Wildmon. “Ms. Friedland has specifically stated that the Constitution has no validity apart from what a judge gives it, while the philosophy should be exactly the opposite. Her record indicates a clear disregard for a government run by the people and rooted in the rule of law. According to her own briefs, rights begin and end with judges, and her writings have detailed the limiting of religious liberty and the discrediting of traditional Judeo-Christian beliefs on homosexuality. 

“The last thing America needs is more radical views within the 9th Circuit,” Wildmon continued.“We encourage concerned citizens to contact their Senators before the upcoming vote and voice their strong opposition to confirming Ms. Friedland.” 

Friedland represented the University of California in a case in which religious courses were being denied because of their content. She also argued in Hollingsworth v. Perry that California voters violated the Constitution by maintaining that marriage was a sacred institution between one man and one woman. In 2009, Friedland also received the LGBT Award from the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California. Should she be granted a seat on the federal bench, Friedland would represent a serious threat to constitutional liberties for decades. 

Friedland is a partner with the firm Munger, Tolles & Olson, where another recently appointed judge, John Owens, also practiced. Friedland is the third nomination for judgeship to come from that firm, which has been a large donor to Sen. Diane Feinstein and other politicians. The largest candidate recipient was Barack Obama, who received $65,531, according to the Judicial Action Group of Washington, D.C. 

American Family Association offers its friends and supporters several mobile apps through http://action.afa.net/mobile. The AFA Action Alerts app, with breaking news and action alerts, is available for the iPhone and iPad on the Apple App Store, on Google Play and on the Amazon Appstore for Android. The AFR (American Family Radio) app is available for Apple and Android products, and the AFA Action app with, for example, voter information at election time, is available on Apple and Android platforms. 

For more information on American Family Association, visit www.afa.net. 

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To interview a representative from American Family Association, contact Deborah Hamilton at dhamilton@hamiltonstrategies.com, 215-815-7716 or 610-584-1096. 

American Family Association (AFA) a non-profit 501(c3) organization was founded in 1977 by Donald E. Wildmon, who was pastoring First United Methodist Church in Southaven, Mississippi, at the time. Since 1977, AFA has been on the frontlines of America’s culture war. The original name of the ministry was National Federation for Decency but was changed to American Family Association in 1988. Today, AFA is one of the largest and most effective pro-family organizations in the country with more than one million online supporters and approximately 180,000 paid subscribers to the AFA Journal, the ministry’s monthly magazine. In addition, AFA owns and operates nearly 200 radio stations across the country under the American Family Radio banner.  

Other divisions of AFA include American Family Radio, the AFA Foundation and OneNewsNow.com, an online news provider that is syndicated around the world. AFA maintains activist web sites such as OneMillionMoms.com that rally Christian activists to contact companies asking them to drop their advertising from objectionable TV shows. AFA websites average over 6 million unique visitors and 44 million hits per year. AFA uses all these means to communicate an outspoken, resolute, Christian voice throughout America.   

 


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