Many Christians, myself included, justified their vote for President Donald Trump almost entirely on his commitment to picking a Justice in the mold of the late Justice Scalia for the Supreme Court. What a relief that the President has delivered on his promise.
Judge Gorsuch has proven again and again fidelity to the Constitution, the principles of federalism and originalism. Having studied his background, I feel confident that Judge Gorsuch, if confirmed, would be a strong voice on issues of critical importance: religious liberty, free speech, abortion, federalism, and structural restraints on government power. And with Christians and Christian views being increasingly under attack, having Justices who get the law right will be increasingly important.
As commentators have noted, Judge Gorsuch has a lengthy record of well-reasoned and beautifully written opinions. Of note, he has written five opinions in religious liberty cases (including in Hobby Lobby and for the Little Sisters of the Poor) – every one of them is rock solid. More mundane, but equally important, he has written opinions expressing serious reservations about the so-called doctrine of Chevron deference that have been abused to empower the administrative state. This is an important indication that Judge Gorsuch importance of getting the law right, even if that means admitting the Supreme Court got it wrong in the past. Judge Gorsuch unflinchingly does what is right. He has frequently dissented and concurred to guide the law in the right direction.
In addition to his judicial opinions, Judge Gorsuch has written a weighty book, The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia, edited by Robert P. George. In the book, Judge Gorsuch argued that existing laws against assisted suicide and euthanasia are correctly premised on the view “that human life is fundamentally and inherently valuable and the intentional taking of human life by private persons is always wrong.” He also argues vigorously against the views of Peter Singer and others. What an encouragement to know that the nominee is a serious natural law thinker.
While the current political landscape may make the confirmation process rocky, Christians can sleep better knowing that President Trump has selected such a stalwart Judge to the Supreme Court.
Michael Francisco served as Assistant Solicitor General for Colorado’s Attorney General John Suthers from 2013-2015. He currently is a partner at MRD Law and serves on Summit’s Board of Directors.
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