FRONT ROYAL, Va., January 4, 2006 ( – The Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer, president of Human Life International, has accused Senate Democrats of the “Catholic bashing” of Supreme Court nominee Judge Samuel Alito.“The unrelenting campaign waged by many Senate Democrats, some who claim to be Catholics themselves, against Catholic judicial nominees who embrace and practice their Catholic faith is disgraceful at best and at worst is a blatant form of religious bigotry reminiscent of a less civil period of history,” said Rev. Euteneuer.

The HLI leader warns that such tactics will serve to “alienate Roman Catholics who are increasingly frustrated over attacks on those beliefs they hold most dear.”

“Religion should never be used as a weapon of discrimination. Democrats and their anti-Catholic allies such as People for the American Way, and Alliance for Justice must abandon their Catholic bashing strategy,” said Fr. Euteneuer.“It is time for these Senators-led by the likes of Sen. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.)-to put an end to this shameful behavior.”