Americans United Calls For Careful Questioning On Church-State Issues For President Obama's Supreme Court Nominee

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today said that it is imperative that members of the Senate Judiciary Committee closely question Judge Merrick Garland on church-state issues.

"Judge Merrick Garland has a lengthy record of service on the federal bench, yet he does not have a clear record on the issue of the separation of church and state," said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. "We hope that more information will be revealed about his positions as he proceeds through the vetting process. What is clear, however, is that Judge Garland deserves consideration from  U.S. Senate. That is why we urge the Senate to move forward with this nomination."

Garland is Obama's choice to replace Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who passed away in February. Garland has spent 19 years on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. He clerked for former Supreme Court Justice William Brennan and is a graduate of Harvard Law School.

Republicans in the U.S. Senate have said they will block any nomination made by Obama.

Americans United is a religious liberty watchdog group based in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1947, the organization educates Americans about the importance of church-state separation in safeguarding religious freedom.