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Jesse M. Furman
Victoria Nourse

Nominee to the Southern District of New York

Nominated: June 7, 2011
Committee Questionnaire
Hearing Date: July 28, 2011
Questions For The Record
Reported By Committee: September 15, 2011

Furman Advocated for “Judicial Activism” in the Courtroom and in His Writings, Leaving His Record Marred By Anti-Christian Bigotry

In his brief to the Supreme Court in the case - Good News Club v. Milford Central School - Furman wrote:

“In short, while the public school is ‘[d]esigned to serve as perhaps the most powerful agency for promoting cohesion among a heterogeneous democratic people,’ the Good News Club is designed to do quite the opposite: to label children as either ‘saved’ or ‘unsaved’ and, thus, to promote religious belief in general and Christian belief in particular. Indeed, the Good News Club expressly teaches that adherence to a particular faith is essential to one's standing in the community - that those who “have received the Lord Jesus as [their] Savior from sin … belong to God's special group - His family.” (Emphasis added.)

Here Furman characterized all of traditional Christianity as intolerant, and arrogantly called for a “categorical exclusion of that [Christian] speech as both a reasonable, viewpoint-neutral limitation, consistent with the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment, and as a limitation mandated by the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.” 

The Supreme Court Rejected Furman’s Invitation for the Court to Legislate from the Bench and Re-Write the First Amendment to Discriminate Against Christian Schoolchildren.  In 2001, Furman joined in filing an amicus brief in the landmark Supreme Court case of Good News Club v. Milford Central School.  Furman advocated for new language to be read-into the First Amendment that would have led to unprecedented erosion in established free exercise rights.  Furman sought to ban a Christian organization from using public school property, outside of school hours, even when the use was clearly not a school sponsored event. Click here to read Furman's full Brief to the Supreme Court.

Furman Supported Ultra-Leftist Goodwin Liu, a Judicial Nominee The Senate Refused to Confirm Because of His Radical Advocacy For Judicial Usurpation of Legislative Power. In 2012, Furman signed a joint letter from Yale Law School alumni expressing support for extremist Goodwin Liu, a Nominee to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, whose nomination was ultimately withdrawn following significant controversy and bi-partisan opposition. Click here to read Furman's full Letter of Support for Liu.

Furman Used Inflammatory Language to Express His Open Opposition to Individual Second Amendment Rights. As a student, Furman published an article entitled, “Bang, Bang You’re Dead!  The NRA Supplied the Lead!” advocating alarmist positions supporting gun-control.  He has recently attempted to back away from those comments.

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