The Catholic League has spoken critically of two lawyers chosen by President Obama for appointment in his administration, and both have run into trouble. Georgetown law professor Chai Feldblum, nominated to join the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and Dawn Johnsen, Obama’s choice to head the Office of Legal Counsel, are left-wing extremists who harbor an animus against religious liberty.
In 2006, Feldblum signed a statement that maintained that every conceivable “partnership” and “relationship” should be on par with marriage, and even went so far as to say that every private institution [read: religious organizations] should be forced to do likewise. Dawn Johnsen once worked on a lawsuit against the Catholic Church trying to take away its tax exempt status, so we know which side of the aisle she sits on.
Feldblum’s nomination is still alive, but Johnsen’s nomination was sent back to the White House at the end of the year, and must be resubmitted if Obama wants her name to go forward.
We are following these nominations closely, and will alert our members to their final outcome.