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Picking Their Battles

Christian political activists remained split this week over the bigger threat. Those on the Right focused on Elena Kagan, President Obama's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court. Those on the Left took aim at FoxNews host Glenn Beck, who has waded further into debates over what it means to be a Christian.

On Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nomination of Kagan by a vote of 13-6. The only Republican to vote with the dozen Democrats on the committee was Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC). Graham also voted for Obama's previous nominee, Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

In explaining his vote, Graham said that he would not have nominated Kagan, but he would vote for her because she was qualified. Graham said Obama "chose wisely."

This decision sparked a rebuke by Family Research Council president Tony Perkins, who said he was "repulsed" by Graham's vote.

"True, the President gets to pick, but the Senate has the power to confirm," said Perkins. "By abandoning conservatives, Sen. Graham pushed Democrats across the 60-vote threshold they need to stave off any procedural challenges. And by abandoning Americans, he may have pushed the court into a bold new era of political activism."

Citizenlink's judicial analyst Bruce Hausknecht agreed that if Kagan is confirmed, she will be "legislating from the bench."

"Every position she's held," Hausknecht said, "all of that is pure politics."

Hausknecht also pointed to a recent report by Americans United for Life, which questions Kagan's role in the debate over partial-birth abortion ten years ago.

Charmaine Yoest, president of Americans United for Life Action, ...

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