November 13, 2018
Issue: Religious Freedom
Muslim Advocates Slams Acting Attorney General Whitaker’s Past Comments on Blocking Non-Christian Judges, Calls for Resignation
The following is a statement from Farhana Khera, executive director of Muslim Advocates, in response to recently unearthed comments from Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, who stated in 2014 that he would block judges who don’t hold a “biblical view of justice” in line with the “New Testament.” This would block Jews, Muslims, and secular judges or anyone who views the U.S. Constitution as the law of the land rather than the New Testament of the Bible:
The U.S. Constitution is the supreme law of the land, and every Justice Department official, especially the acting head, must have an unequivocal commitment to this sacrosanct principle. Matthew Whitaker, however, has stated that the New Testament should supersede the Constitution and that judges who don’t believe the same should be blocked. With these views and his legitimacy already under serious question, because he is not Senate-confirmed, Whitaker is not fit to lead the Department and act as our nation’s chief law enforcement officer. He should immediately step down and allow the Deputy Attorney General, who is in the proper line of succession, to serve as the Acting Attorney General.