Sen. Arlen Specter calls millions of pro-life/pro-family advocates “radical extremists” in 1995 letter
WASHINGTON, Nov. 9 /U.S. Newswire/ — Senator Arlen Specter called millions of pro-life/pro-family Americans who voted for President Bush and Republican members of Congress, “extremists”, “far-right fringe” and “radical extremists” in a 1995 letter, according to the Christian Defense Coalition.
Senator Specter also says he “resents” people like Pat Robertson and Ralph Reed and states “it was time for someone to stand up to these extremists.”
Based on these and other comments, pro-life and pro-family organizations will aggressively work to ensure Specter does not become chairperson of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
A broad based coalition will have a demonstration in front of the office of Majority Leader Senator Frist on Tuesday, November 16th, at 1 p.m. to call for Senator Specter not to be elected chairperson. The location is the Dirksen Senate office building on the corner of 1st and Constitution NE.
Troy Newman, director of Operation Rescue West, said: “It is now clear that Senator Specter cannot be the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee. In spite of all the damage control that Mr. Specter has recently done, there is no trust that he will advance the judicial agenda of President Bush.”
Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition, commented, “If the Republican majority voted in Senator Specter as Judiciary chair, it would be a slap in the face and betrayal to the millions of pro-life/pro-family Americans who worked so hard to elect President Bush and Republican members of Congress. We did not spend countless hours during this last campaign to have someone, who considers us radical extremists and far-right fridge, elected chair of the Senate’s most important committee.”
Read entire text of 1995 letter.