For most of America, the Super Bowl is an annual championship football game, played
this year this coming Sunday. But for values voters and others interested in national
politics, the Super Bowl came early this year – when President Donald Trump
announced his nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme
CMC believes the Senate should do its duty and confirm Judge Gorsuch promptly. There
are no guarantees that he, or any judge, will always rule the way we’d like.
But Gorsuch is eminently qualified. Most importantly, he correctly believes judges
should stick to their constitutionally assigned role and interpret the law as applied
in the cases that come before them, and not legislate their preferred public–policy
solutions from the bench.
to ask your U.S. Senators to
support the Gorsuch nomination.
Gorsuch now sits on the Denver–based 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. He was
nominated to that position by former President George W. Bush in 2006 and confirmed
via a voice vote by the Senate that same year.
A Denver native, he is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School,
and also holds a doctorate in jurisprudence from the University of Oxford in England.
His late mother, Anne, was the head of the Environmental Protection Agency under
former President Ronald Reagan from 1981–1983.
Neil Gorsuch, 49, is married to Louise, and they are the parents of two young daughters.
The family worships at an Episcopal church in Boulder, Colo.; Gorsuch, if confirmed,
would be the only Protestant on the U.S. Supreme Court.
We’ve seen criticism of Gorsuch from both the left and the right that, frankly,
doesn’t pass the laugh test and reflects an amusing naiveté about how the
judicial branch of our government works. You’ll undoubtedly hear all kinds
of unfounded criticism of Gorsuch in the days and weeks to come, including the fanciful
notion that the administration is seeking to place him in a "stolen seat"
that should rightfully go to Judge Merrick Garland, who President Barack Obama futilely
nominated last year. Don’t buy the hype! The Senate leadership last year made
the sound decision to let the winner of the November election make the nomination.
President Trump won the election, and now has made what we believe is an outstanding
Gorsuch is, by all accounts, an originalist who seeks to discern the intent of the
Founding Fathers when deciding a case, and loathes the progressive penchant for
using the judiciary to arrive at a preferred political result.
We especially appreciate his commitment to religious liberty. In recent cases that
went to the U.S. Supreme Court, Gorsuch found for both Hobby Lobby and the Little
Sisters of the Poor order of Catholic nuns in their lawsuits seeking exemptions
from the contraception mandate of the federal Affordable Care Act.
Our founder, Dr. Rod Parsley, has often said that to be morally consistent is to
be politically unpredictable. Gorsuch apparently believes something very similar;
in a speech last year at Case Western Reserve University, Gorsuch approvingly quoted
the man he’d replace, Antonin Scalia, as follows: "If you’re going
to be a good and faithful judge, you have to resign yourself to the fact that you’re
not always going to like the conclusions you reach. If you like them all the time,
you’re probably doing something wrong."
There are no guarantees to how a judge will rule on a particular case, especially
a judge with a lifetime appointment. But we’re convinced that Neil Gorsuch
represents an acceptable risk, and we support his nomination. Please join us in
advocating to the U.S. Senate for Judge Gorsuch’s confirmation. Click
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email urging prompt, positive action on his confirmation.