Catholic Pro-Life Group Launches Ad Campaign to Defend Samuel Alito

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 5, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Catholic Pro-Life Group Launches Ad Campaign to Defend Samuel Alito Email this article
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by Steven Ertelt Editor
December 5, 2005

Washington, DC ( — A Catholic pro-life group has launched an advertising campaign to defend Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito from attacks. The group Fidelis says it’s worried that abortion advocates, other groups and the media are questioning whether Alito is fit for the court because of his Catholic faith.

"This season is a special time when many Americans commemorate our Judeo-Christian roots," Fidelis President Joseph Cella said.

"So while we prepare for our celebrations and give thanks for our treasured religious freedom, we unfortunately have to prepare for those freedoms to be attacked by the ACLU and their allies," Cella explained. "These same allies are fighting to topple the nomination of Judge Alito."

The organization is initially running web-based commercials and ads and will follow that up with a radio advertisement.

"On one front of the war on religious freedom we see liberal groups like People for the American Way and the Alliance for Justice willing to attack judicial nominees over their ‘deeply held’ Catholic and Christian beliefs. On the other front, we see it when seasonal displays reflecting America’s Judeo-Christian heritage are attacked by the ACLU and others," said Cella.

Cella said he has a problem with abortion advocates and media outlets questioning Alito by saying approving him would create a "Catholic majority" on the Supreme Court.

"We will provide a vigorous defense of Judge Alito who is being brought into the war on religious freedom by liberal groups who are out of touch with American values on religion," Cella concluded.

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