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Albert Mohler: Amy Coney Barrett Belongs on the Supreme Court

President Trump’s nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett as the next justice of the United States Supreme Court is very good news for conservatives, and for the entire nation.

Judge Barrett is exactly what we need on the nation’s highest court—a judge committed to and originalist reading of the text of the United States Constitution. Judge Barrett is a constitutional scholar of the first rank, and President Trump was wise to appoint her to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.

The news of her elevation to the Supreme Court will make history. Judge Barrett understands the sanctity of human life, the majesty of the law, and the rightful role of a judge.

She belongs on the Supreme Court.

It’s going to be a fight in the Senate. It’s up to Republicans in the upper chamber to get the job done—and get it done now.

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Mohler: The Legacy of Ginsburg and the Epic Battle Ahead

To those who saw her as a feminist icon of liberal causes, she was the notorious RBG. To conservatives, she was a formidable foe, the leader of the liberal wing of the Supreme Court. Ruth Bader Ginsburg fought incredibly hard against several cancers, but she lost her battle Friday evening in Washington, DC. She was 87 years old and had served on the nation’s highest court for 27 years.

Justice Ginsburg’s legacy is one of the main debates and dividing lines between the cultural left and the right in the United States on issues, including abortion. And her death sets up an epic battle for the future of the Supreme Court, and right as the presidential election was already hitting fever pitch. Both sides know that this will be a battle to define the court for a generation or more November 3rd, now looms even larger.

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Albert Mohler: This Is No Time for Indecision

This is no time for indecision. The battle for the future of the Supreme Court means that Republicans cannot fumble their responsibility to win confirmation of a new justice before Election Day.

President Donald Trump has pledged to nominate a new justice quickly, and he indicated that he will appoint a woman to fill the seat left by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has proven his ability to get President Trump’s nominees through the confirmation process.

Many will be calling on senators to wait until after the election, but Republican senators have better remember that voters will hold them accountable if they fail at this stewardship.

Brace yourselves for an epic political battle, then tell Republican senators that you will never forget how they handle this challenge

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Mohler: A Supreme Court Case to Watch

Can religious foster care and adoption agencies remain in their ministry while continuing to hold to their convictions?

That’s going to be decided in the case before the Supreme Court known as Fulton v. Philadelphia and the implications for the future of religious liberty are massive.

The city had told Catholic Social Services that, unless they stopped discriminating on the basis of the entire LGBTQ array of issues, they could not continue to provide those services in the city.

Essentially, the agencies were told they could remain Catholic, or they could remain in the ministry of adoption and foster care. But they couldn’t do both.

The Supreme Court is revisiting its own precedent on the issue— that’s the 1990 Smith decision and it’s going to be hard to overestimate how important this case is for the future of religious liberty.

And, to make the point clear, oral arguments are going to be held at the Supreme Court the day after the upcoming presidential election—as if Supreme Court has told us, “By the way, take note!”

Judges matter. Elections matter.

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Albert Mohler: COVID-19 and the American Family

The COVID-19 pandemic has done a lot to reveal the importance of the family.

Over these past five months we’ve seen a fascinating and revealing debate about the education of our children—with new conversations about public and private schooling, and of course new attention paid to homeschooling.

We’re seeing a lot of talk as well about justice and equality, about the role of parents and the structure of families.

This revealing headline recently appeared in the New York Times: “Every Choice for Parents Contains Potential Risks or Unfair Advantages.”

Claire Cain Miller writes, “It’s the newest front in America’s parenting wars,”—and you can count on the fact now that parents are getting judged and criticized as she says, “on message boards and in backyard meetups and virtual PTA meetings.”

But our pandemic has served to reveal that there is no structure, no program, no government intervention that can ever replace a functioning intact family with a mom and a dad.

Family provides benefit.

For that we should be grateful—and not ashamed—and not ashamed to say it.

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Mohler: A Clear Message on Religious Liberty

The Supreme Court has ruled that religious schools have the constitutional right to employ teachers on the basis of their religious beliefs.

The 7-2 decision is really important. The decision underlines the fact that religious schools have the right to be religious—and to be free from government or legal action based upon their employment decisions when it comes to teachers.

The two cases before the Court presented hard situations, but the underlying principle was clear. Religious schools have the right to operate on their religious convictions, without judicial review. As Justice Samuel Alito wrote for the majority: “Judicial review of the way in which religious schools discharge [their] responsibilities would undermine the independence of religious institutions in a way that the First Amendment does not tolerate.”

It’s a big win for religious freedom, and this 7-2 decision sends a very loud message indeed.

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Albert Mohler: No Time to Shrink Back in the Fight for Life

We witnessed a major setback in the defense of life this summer as the Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana abortion law.

The 5-4 decision in the case known as June Medical Services v. Russo overturned legislation that required doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges to a nearby hospital.

That just makes sense.

For conservatives and for the pro-life movement, the greatest disappointment is the math: 5 to 4.

Chief Justice John Roberts was the fifth vote— the deciding vote. Based on his opinion in a 2016 case, we were hopeful he would vote to uphold the Louisiana law.

There is every reason for conservatives to be bitterly disappointed in the decision, but we dare not let bitter disappointment turn into a disengagement from the political process.

What is at stake here is the infinite value of every single human life—human beings made in God’s image. And from that battle, we dare not run.

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