Newly confirmed Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito sent a note to James Dobson, president of Focus on the Family, thanking him for his support and the prayers of Dobson’s supporters. Dobson read the thank you note on his Wednesday radio program.
According to Dobson, Alito’s note included a pledge to “keep in mind the trust that has been placed in me,” the Colorado Springs Post-Gazette reports. Supreme Court spokesperson Kathy Arberg said that this line was included in many of the notes Alito sent out in response to congratulatory letters, according to the Post-Gazette.
“This thank you note sounds more like it came from a political candidate, not a Supreme Court Justice,” said Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority. “It underscores the fact that the courts have become more and more politicized.”
“Justice Alito should follow the commands of the Constitution, not the orders of Dobson and the Religious Right,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. “This note strongly suggests that Alito is carrying out a right-wing agenda instead of being a justice for all.”