- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 14, 2009


Robert Bork was never “Borked,” although one could argue that he “Borked” himself (“Sessions says no ‘Borking,’ ” Plugged in Politics, Tuesday). As one of the first journalists to pore over Mr. Bork’s submissions to the Senate Judiciary Committee 22 years ago, I felt he was too far from the mainstream to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Throughout the summer of 1987, I criticized Mr. Bork for his odd way of looking at the Constitution, particularly the First Amendment. Having heard him address a large audience at the Washington Hilton and intimate that permanent or transient majorities in a community could impose their values on everyone, in defiance of the Constitution, I remember thinking at the time that Mr. Bork was little more than a Jerry Falwell in striped pants. The Senate was right in rejecting Mr. Bork’s nomination in 1987, and our senators will take a good look at President Obama’s nominees now and in the future.


President, Americans for Religious Liberty

Silver Spring

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