More activists are speaking out against the possible appointment of Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, including a leading rabbi and a gun-rights group.

Specter, who won re-election to the Senate this month, is in line to become chairman of the committee that scrutinizes all presidential judicial appointments. After making comments both before and after the election suggesting he would block approval of “extremist” or pro-life judges, however, a firestorm of opposition to his becoming chairman began.

Rabbi Yehuda Levin, speaking for the Union of Orthodox Rabbis of the United States and Canada and The Rabbinical Alliance of America, which represent over 1,200 Orthodox rabbis, issued a strong statement opposing Specter’s appointment.

“Arlen Specter is the wrong man, in the wrong place, at the wrong time,” Levin said in a statement. “He has made it clear that he agrees with revisionist judges who ignore the original intent of America’s Founding Fathers and, instead, substitute their own intent – whatever is politically correct at the moment.

“Specter will not look kindly on judicial candidates who do not toe the line on his liberal ideas. He wants judges on the bench who will advance his degenerate agenda of abortion-on-demand, radical homosexual rights, rapacious lawyers, tax increases and the rape of America’s constitutional liberties.”

Added the rabbi: “If John Kerry had won the election and the Democrats had taken control of the Senate, would they have allowed a pro-life senator like Zell Miller to head the Judiciary Committee?”

Also coming out swinging against Specter’s potential chairmanship is Gun Owners of America. In a statement, the group praised its members for “burning up the Capitol Hill phone lines and computer terminals” by contacting lawmakers about Specter in recent days.

“Senators once believed the elevation of anti-gun trial-lawyer-stooge Arlen Specter to the chairmanship of the Senate Judiciary Committee was a ‘given.’ But no more,” the group said.

“As chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Specter would have jurisdiction over:

  • “Virtually all gun-related legislation – a troubling development, given his extensive support for gun control (lock-up-your-safety, gun show bans, semi-auto import bans, the Lautenberg amendment, etc.);

  • “Legislation to relieve gun manufacturers of frivolous lawsuits – an unfortunate fact, given his indentured status to American trial lawyers; and

  • “All judicial nominations, including the two to four Supreme Court nominations expected to come up over the next few years.”

GOA is encouraging its members to contact President Bush to ask him to pressure committee members not to choose Specter as chairman.

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