As reported on June 29, 2009 by Bill Mears on CNN.com
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- An all-women's club that counts Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor among its members does not "discriminate on the basis of sex," she told senators.
The New York federal appeals judge has provided thousands of pages of material to the committee, but some Republican senators asked for more information, including her participation in the Belizean Grove.
The New York-based professional women's organization describes itself as helping "women pursue more significant dreams, ambitions, purposes, transcendence and spiritual fulfillment."
"The Belizean Grove is a constellation of influential women who are key decision makers in the profit, nonprofit and social sectors; who build long term mutually beneficial relationships in order to both take charge of their own destinies and help others to do the same," a statement on its Web site said. Sotomayor told senators her group is not purposely exclusive.
"To the best of my knowledge, a man has never asked to be considered for membership. It is also my understanding that all interested individuals are duly considered by the membership committee," she wrote to the Senate Judiciary Committee. She added that men participate in the group's activities, including trips, hosting events and talks. Sotomayor said that in her opinion, her membership did not violate the Code of Judicial Conduct, which says judges should not join organizations that discriminate based on sex, religion, race or nationality.
Editor Rozek’s Note: Ok…we may have gone a little too far on this one…even for my taste. I worry that we may be grasping at straws a little here. My mother has a woman’s group that gets together to sew and eat dessert each week. Does that mean that she wouldn’t be able to be a Supreme Court Justice? I’m not sure that she realized that. She was just talking about going to law school the other day. Darn! The strange thing is that I don’t think that there’s a man on the planet that would want to sit there and sew with them…It seems like we’ve taken political correctness and anti-discrimination to new heights! I mean…we’ve finally overturned her dyslexic fire fighter case…maybe we could call it even now and get back to breeding our children into that new, more dyslexic, colorless, genderless generation we’ve all been dreaming of! Ah! AMERICA! The land of the “free to be anything you want to be as long as it is what someone else wants you to be!”