With President Trump expected to announce Monday at 9 p.m. ET his nominee to replace retiring Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy, National Religious Broadcasters continues to highlight the importance of the selection, which could shape America’s legal landscape for decades.
“Free speech and religious liberty hang in the balance, and those values would have suffered dearly if Justice Gorsuch had not been on the bench,” said NRB’s president & CEO, Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, in a June 27 statement released after Kennedy’s surprise retirement announcement last Wednesday. “I urge President Trump to nominate a Constitution-honoring individual in the mold of Justice Scalia once again, and for the Senate to confirm him or her quickly.”
According to reports, President Trump has interviewed a number of candidates for the Supreme Court opening, with three considered to be among the finalists: circuit court judges Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge, and Amy Coney Barrett.
All three finalists appear on the list that the White House released last November, which had been updated from the list that originated during Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign – a list that had been developed with input from two conservative groups: the Federalist Society and the Heritage Foundation.
NRB will offer comments on the President’s pick as soon as the nomination is announced Monday evening.
In the meantime, Johnson urges NRB members to keep the President in prayer, as well as the Senate, which the nominee must pass through with a simple 51-vote majority.
“This week’s 5-4 decisions are a vivid reminder that we must have Supreme Court justices who honor the values of life and liberty at the very core of our Republic,” Johnson said, referring to rulings such as National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra, a case in which pro-life pregnancy care centers challenged a California law requiring them to promote abortion.
“Let’s pray for wisdom for the President and the U.S. Senate, and pray for God to raise up a person who will honor Him in his or her decision making,” Johnson added.
By NRB Staff
Published: July 5, 2018