Members of evangelical organizations discussed conservative issues with Supreme Court justices at elaborate dinners, according to reports from Politico and Rolling Stone, pushing right-wing ideas on issues including abortion, LGBTQ rights and firearms legislation.
Peggy Nienaber, vice president of Liberty Counsel – which describes itself as a “non-profit ministry that runs a pro bono litigation program” – was heard in a video posted on YouTube bragging that her organization is praying with judges in exercise inside the high court.
“We’re the only ones doing this,” Rolling Stone reported. Nienaber told a YouTuber at an event celebrating the overthrow of Roe v. Wade.
Although an amicus brief written by Liberty Counsel was cited by the Supreme Court’s conservative majority in its decision to overturn Roe v. Wade last month, the organization denies close ties to the judges.
“The Rolling Stone article is false. The authors know this is wrong, but they chose to print the sensational story anyway. read a statement from Liberty Counsel in response to the report. “Faith & Liberty prays for the judges, not with them.
In the YouTube video, Nienaber can be heard saying she prays with the judges “here on Capitol Hill.”
Supreme Court officials did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
Similarly, Rob Schenck, an evangelical minister and leader of a group called Faith and Action, told Politico that between the years of 1995 and 2018 he arranged for nearly two dozen couples to travel to Washington to share dinners and evenings of expensive entertainment with Supreme. Court Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and the late Antonin Scalia.
The dinner program was called “Operation High Court,” and Schenck told Politico he would train the couples to discuss conservative issues with the judges while being careful not to specifically mention pending cases.
“We would repeat lines like, ‘We think you’re here for a time like this,'” Schenck told Politico.
Schenck’s ties to the Supreme Court – as well as the “High Court Operation” and his attempts to discuss religious and conservative issues with justices – are well documented. A couple he coached to discuss their conservative views with the judges, Don and Gayle Wright of Dayton, Ohio, went on to form long-term relationships with some of the judges – who were referenced in Don’s obituary.
In a 2001 article with the Christian magazine, Charisma, titled “Storming the Capital (sic) with Prayer”, he detailed a meeting and prayer with the late Justice Scalia just hours after the Supreme Court issued its decision regarding the disputed presidential election of 2000. .
“The Supreme Court is the most secluded and secluded branch of the American government,” Schenck said in the 2001 article. enter every step of the way.”