No dogs or ponies, but a star-studded array of conservative evangelical Christians are on parade
in North Philly this weekend for "Justice Sunday III," an event that hopes to whip up the conservative base over issues related to religion and the Supreme Court (and specifically in support of Alito's nomination). Falwell and Dobson will be joined by Senator Rick Santorum for the event, to be televised nationally -- perhaps he hopes to win some new supporters:
Perkins acknowledged that the event may help cement ties between the mainly white Christian-right movement and socially conservative black church-goers, whose opposition to gay marriage or abortion has lured a small but growing number of them over to the Republican Party.
Meanwhile, a coalition of groups presented anti-Alito petitions
(a million signatures) to Arlen Specter's office at the federal courthouse downtown.
At a news conference outside the federal building, where Specter has his local office, speaker after speaker blasted Alito as an agenda-driven ideologue whose confirmation they say would threaten the status quo in numerous areas of the law.
There will almost certainly be protests outside the church during the Sunday evening event as well. In honor of our distinguished visitors, Dan at YPP offers a selection of appalling quotes
from Falwell, Dobson, and Santorum on various issues and occasions.