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Frist not invited to Justice Sunday II


Think his support of stem cell research funding got him the boot with the AmTaliban set’s planned JS:II – Electric Boogaloo?

The spin is that he was omitted because he spoke at the last event. Right.

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, a Tennessee Republican, infuriated liberal activists and some of his Democratic colleagues in the spring when he spoke by video to “Justice Sunday,” a telethon and political rally aimed at boosting support for conservative judicial nominees and breaking Democratic filibusters.

Now, the churches and activists behind that event are planning “Justice Sunday II” from Two Rivers Baptist Church on Aug. 14, weeks before the Senate takes up the nomination of Judge John Roberts for the U.S. Supreme Court.

Frist wasn’t invited to this one, which will feature conservative ministers, a rabbi and former U.S. Sen. Zell Miller, a Georgia Democrat who shunned his party for the GOP in recent years.

Frist said he hadn’t even heard about plans for the sequel.

“I didn’t know they were coming to Nashville,” he told The Tennessean in an interview. Organizers said they skipped over Frist simply because he spoke to the April 24 gathering. They plan to focus on rallying support for Roberts and educating viewers about court decisions they say undermine traditional values.

“It’s kind of a new way to communicate with churches and evangelicals and others who follow these issues across the country,” said Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council, one of the groups sponsoring the telecast. “There’s not an immediate action item because the votes on Roberts will come in September. This is more preparing people, giving them the tools they need to be involved in this process so it will impact the outcome of the Roberts hearings.”

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