Senator Hatch Attacks Straw Man Over Ricci 'Smear'

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Drew Courtney or Josh Glasstetter                                                  
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Senator Hatch Attacks Straw Man Over Ricci 'Smear'

WASHINGTON - People For the American Way Executive Vice President Marge Baker issued the following statement:

Earlier today at the confirmation hearing of Judge
Sonia Sotomayor, Senator Orrin Hatch shared a rumor he had heard:

"There's a rumor that People for the American Way, that
these people have been smearing Frank Ricci, because he may be willing to be a
witness in these proceedings. I hope that's not true."

It's not true. With all due respect to Senator Hatch,
he's attacking a straw man. It is not a smear to point out than an individual
used the law to protect his interests. It's time to get past this distraction
and have an honest discussion about the importance of anti-discrimination laws
for all people.


Yesterday, PFAW released the following statement on the Frank Ricci
discrimination cases:


People For the American Way is dedicated to making the promise of America real for every American: Equality. Freedom of speech. Freedom of religion. The right to seek justice in a court of law. The right to cast a vote that counts. The American Way. Our vision is a vibrantly diverse democratic society in which everyone is treated equally under the law, given the freedom and opportunity to pursue their dreams, and encouraged to participate in our nation’s civic and political life. Our America respects diversity, nurtures creativity and combats hatred and bigotry.

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