The National Council of Churches, the nation’s largest coalition of Christian churches, comprised of more than 40 denominations running the gamut from Protestant to Eastern Orthodox, has called for Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court to be withdrawn.
According to a statement on the NCC’s website, the council believes Kavanaugh has “disqualified himself from this lifetime appointment and must step aside immediately.”
The statement cited Kavanaugh’s attitude during his now-infamous testimony, which it said “demonstrated that [Kavanaugh] possesses neither the temperament nor the character essential for a member of the highest court in our nation.”
The statement also noted “several misstatements and some outright falsehoods,” related to Kavanaugh’s characterization of his drinking habits and behavior.
Kavanaugh’s nomination has been a political firestorm ever since a number of allegations of sexual misconduct were raised. The National Coalition of Churches’ call for Kavanaugh’s nomination to be withdrawn is joined by over 650 law professors. But Kavanaugh does have some evangelical supporters in his corner, most notably Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr., who sent 300 of his school’s students down to the senate hearing in a show of support. A recent poll found that 48 percent of white evangelicals would support Kavanaugh’s nomination even if the allegations against him turned out to be true.
The FBI’s report on those allegations is being released to senators on Thursday ahead of a confirmation vote.