'Brilliant jurist' Kavanaugh – Trump's thump to judicial activism

Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Jody Brown (OneNewsNow.com)

Trump with Judge Brett KavanaughMany Christian leaders as well as conservative and pro-life groups have come out overwhelmingly in support of President Trump's nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court. While conservative groups have called for swift confirmation of Kavanaugh by the U.S. Senate, a political "brawl" is expected.


"Judge Kavanaugh is obviously an originalist who will uphold the integrity of the Constitution as its Framers intended, and his appointment will, in all likelihood, ensure America's first freedoms will be protected for at least another generation and, perhaps, many more.

"This decision is also an affront to the judicial activism that has become all too common in recent history in the United States. I believe this nomination will usher in a new era on the Supreme Court, one that will unapologetically and consistently defend the God-given rights of all Americans as articulated so profoundly in our Constitution. It is a reaffirmation of the founding and enduring values of our nation."

Dr. David Jeremiah, pastor
Shadow Mountain Community Church (El Cajon, CA)


"I hope Judge Kavanaugh knows his nomination comes supported by the prayers of millions of Christians who trust in their judicial system to protect the rights and liberties of all Americans. Among the many things I love about America is our trust in God, and our separation of political power. These two values place our most powerful leaders in a position of accountability to God himself in Heaven and to one another on earth."

Greg Laurie, pastor and evangelist
Harvest Christian Fellowship (Riverside, CA)

Land, Dr. Richard (SBC, ERLC)"His record indicates that he is clearly committed to an original intent, strict constructionist interpretation of the Constitution, which means he will do his very best to understand what the original authors meant when they wrote the words that are in the Constitution. [It means] he's going to apply them to all the cases that come before him. Now if he does that, then he's going to be very pleasing to social conservatives and political conservatives because he will not be making law from the bench – he will be leaving that to the people's elected representatives in Congress."

Dr. Richard Land, president
Southern Evangelical Seminary

Dacus, Brad (PJI)"We found Judge Kavanaugh to be fair and faithful to the Constitution in our inauguration prayer case. At the same time, there are important unanswered questions about his jurisprudence in other areas. We look forward to a rigorous confirmation process that will hopefully assure us President Trump has kept his promise to appoint Justices who interpret the Constitution as written and not as they wish it to be."

Brad Dacus, president
Pacific Justice Institute


"The nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to fill the vacancy created with the retirement of Justice Kennedy is a superb choice that is certain to serve this nation well. Judge Kavanaugh is a brilliant jurist who embraces the philosophy of our Founders – an unwavering commitment to the rule of law and the Constitution.

"We expect the Senate to exercise its constitutional duty to provide 'advice and consent' without delay. While there is certain to be biased and vitriolic political attacks directed at this nominee, we believe Judge Kavanaugh's character, experience, and judicial temperament will be well received by the American people. We are confident that the Senate will confirm Judge Kavanaugh and we look forward to him being seated in time for the start of the Supreme Court's new term in October."

Jay Sekulow, chief counsel
American Center for Law and Justice

Johnson, Jerry (Criswell College)"Recent 5-4 rulings underscore the critical importance of this vacancy. We must have Supreme Court justices who honor the values of life and liberty at the very core of our Republic, and the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh is a generational opportunity to ensure a strong majority of justices who will stay true to the Constitution and be respectful of the proper role of the judiciary as the interpreter, rather than maker, of the law."

Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, president and CEO
National Religious Broadcasters


"President Trump promised pro-life supporters during his campaign that he would appoint justices who would respect and protect the most fundamental of human rights – the right to life. His pick of Judge Kavanaugh represents another promise kept. We plan to actively support this nomination in what is expected to be a contentious confirmation process."

Troy Newman, president
Operation Rescue

Hawkins, Kristan (Students for Life)"[President Trump's nomination of Kavanaugh is] a bold choice for the high court as Judge Brett Kavanaugh will bring balance to the court in background and in judicial temperament. Judge Brett Kavanaugh's record of respect for the law is vital as so many activists attempt to use the courts to push their own social agendas."

Kristan Hawkins, president
Students for Life of America

Fitton, Tom (Judicial Watch)"This nomination is a great victory for constitutional government and a blow to politicized decision-making on the Supreme Court. We have too many politicians as it is in DC; we certainly don't need any more on the Supreme Court. Most Americans agree with Judge Kavanaugh that the Supreme Court should apply the law as it is written and leave the legislating to the people's elected representatives in Congress."

Tom Fitton, president
Judicial Watch


"This is a judicial grand slam! As someone familiar with Judge Kavanaugh's record, I can say that – though the left may be upset – those who love our Constitution will be thrilled. His record in over 300 opinions reveals a judge truly committed to the constitutional principles of textualism and originalism."

Horace Cooper, co-chairman
Project 21


"We are deeply concerned about how [Kavanaugh] might ultimately rule on issues related to abortion and religious liberty. For these reasons, we consider this nomination to represent a four-star appointment when it could have been five-star.

"However, after hearing the concerns of some of our supporters, and after hearing the passionate defense of Judge Kavanaugh by many we consider to be friends in the pro-life movement, we are willing to let this process play out. We eagerly await the confirmation hearings when we hope to get clarification from Judge Kavanaugh on aspects related to our concerns."

Ed Vitagliano, vice president
American Family Association

[Editor's note: During his confirmation hearing to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals in 2006, Kavanaugh responded as follows when questioned by Senator Chuck Schumer about the issue of abortion: "On the question of Roe v. Wade, if confirmed to the DC Circuit, I would follow Roe v. Wade faithfully and fully. That would be binding precedent on the court. If I would be confirmed to the DC Circuit, senator, I would follow it. It has been reaffirmed many times."]

Editor's note: Comments from AFA updated after story was orignially posted.

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