Tag Archives: Supreme Court

Michael Medved: Honor The Law, Not Feelings Or Favoritism

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Democrats opposed to the Supreme Court nomination of Neal Gorsuch cite his “legalistic” failure to show consistent favor to “the little guy” against big corporations. But Gorsuch defenders insist that an impartial judge can’t allow emotion to tilt the scales of justice.

In this, Gorsuch echoes both his mentor, Justice Scalia, and the Bible. In Leviticus God commands: “You shall not commit a perversion of justice; you shall not favor the poor, and you shall not honor the great.” The prophetic books and the New Testament Book of Acts make similar points, describing God as “no respecter of persons” who applies standards equally.

Traditional Jewish commentators insist on a crucial distinction between charity—which is a personal obligation to show mercy to the unfortunate—and justice—which is a communal responsibility to honor the law above feelings or favoritism.

We must remain a nation of laws, not men; of principle, not personal preference.

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Gorsuch: Eminently Qualified

Billy Graham

New York Senator Charles Schumer recently announced that he and his Democratic colleagues in the Senate will filibuster the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court.

The reality is that if there is anyone qualified to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court, it is Judge Neil Gorsuch.

Nonetheless, what is at stake is not the judge’s qualifications, but his understanding of the constitution as a text limited by its words and sentences and the intention of its authors, rather than an evolving text to be interpreted by contemporary judges according to their own current political understanding.

If indeed the Democrats follow through with a filibuster on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch, then Republicans must change the rules of the Senate, to make certain that this presidential nominee sits on the United States Supreme Court.

The battle over the Court in this generation is not happening by accident. It is happening precisely because both sides understand just how much is truly at stake.

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Albert Mohler: Justice Alito’s Warning

Billy Graham

Justice Samuel Alito of the United States Supreme Court recently delivered a bracing message to a group of Catholic lawyers.

Justice Alito said, “A wind is picking up that is hostile to those with traditional moral beliefs.” Referencing his minority opinion in the Obergefell decision, which legalized same-sex marriage nationwide, he said that the decision would be used to “vilify those who disagree, and treat them as bigots.”

It is clear that Justice Alito is very concerned. Those who pressed for the legalization of same-sex marriage are now pressing for the normalization of all same-sex relationships throughout the entire culture.

He went on to say that “we are likely to see pitched battles both in the courts and in Congress, state legislatures and town halls, but the most important fight is for the hearts and minds of our fellow Americans.”

Here you have a justice of the Supreme Court saying that the biggest case is not the case before his court, but the one in the court of public opinion.

We cannot say that we were not warned.

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The Black Robe

Billy Graham

The nation is now engaged in a one of our most important democratic traditions: namely, the confirmation hearings for a Supreme Court justice. In this case, for Judge Neil Gorsuch, the first nominee of President Donald Trump.

One of the most important observations came from Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska. He pointed to the symbolic nature of the robe that a justice wears, a black robe. It is neither a blue robe nor a red robe, neither Democratic nor Republican.

In our nation’s constitutional system, the judiciary is intended to be nonpartisan. Nonetheless, the reality is that the Court has become highly partisan, especially over the last half-century. We’ve also seen that there is a correlation between the constitutional philosophy that a justice takes to the Court and the partisan identity of the President who has appointed that justice.

But it was a service to the country that Senator Sasse expressed that ideal and that was very important for Americans to hear.

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Albert Mohler: The Supreme Court Says, “No

Billy Graham

Sometimes history is made in just one sentence. That was the case when the United States Supreme Court handed down a one-sentence statement saying that it will not hear the case concerning the big question of transgender rights, specifically the rights of transgender students in the public schools.

When the Supreme Court does take a case on this issue, one question will be the interpretation of a 1975 regulation that allows schools to provide “separate toilet, locker rooms and shower facilities on the basis of sex.”

Back in 1975 Congress had absolutely no question what it meant when it referred to biological sex. And furthermore, we need to admit that even right now across our culture virtually no one has a major question about the definition of biological sex.

The new reality is that gender identity and biological sex are actually two different things. That might well be the key question that the Supreme Court will eventually have to answer.

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