A Champion of Life and Religious Freedom Appointed to the Supreme Court

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This week Judge Neil Gorsuch, a federal judge of the Tenth Circuit, was nominated to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court seat vacated by the late Justice Antonin Scalia. As a graduate of both Harvard and Oxford, Gorsuch has been praised for his intellect and his articulate legal opinions. He received broad bipartisan support when he was appointed to his current position in 2006.

Conservative legal experts widely applauded the nomination of Gorsuch, citing his strict adherence to the Constitution as written, his use of textualism, and his opposition to legislating from the bench.

Gorsuch has received numerous accolades from pro-life groups, especially given his firm stand against assisted suicide that he outlines in his book, The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia. He has also received enthusiastic support from religious freedom advocates given his judicial opinion in Hobby Lobby’s contraception exemption case and for ruling in favor of the Little Sisters of the Poor and their challenge to Obamacare mandates.

Noting Gorsuch’s commitment to life and liberty, Pastor Greg Laurie of Harvest Christian Fellowship commended the President “for nominating a Judge to the Supreme Court who appears to be someone who will protect the right to life.”

“Judge Gorsuch will have big shoes to fill in replacing the late and revered Justice Antonin Scalia. As Jefferson so eloquently reminded us, the God who gave us life gave us liberty, so I pray Judge Gorsuch never forgets to value each and every American as our Maker does.”

Though it’s been almost a week since the President signed an executive order limiting refugee resettlement, the topic has still dominated headlines. Numerous Christian leaders have spoken up this week, many of them expressing disappointment with the President, and others thanking him for specifically acknowledging the genocide Christians are currently facing in the Middle East.

“Christ calls us to care for everyone, regardless of who they are and where they come from,” said Jenny Yang, senior vice president of advocacy and policy at World Relief, a nonprofit that ministers to refugees.  “That has to be a core part of our witness—not just caring for our own, but caring for others as well.”

When Dr. Samuel Rodriguez was pressed on whether he was in favor of priority status for Christian refugees, he argued, “In light of the fact that Christians are now the most persecuted religious group in the world, I would allocate 50 percent for Christians and 50 percent for other groups.”