Pres. Donald J. Trump recently made his second nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, holding true to his published list of 25 judges and Christians can expect support from Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
The 53-year-old U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit was a favorite of the Pres. George W. Bush administration. Bush, widely considered a man of deep Christian faith who ran on a platform of “compassionate conservatism, elevated Kavanaugh to his current judgeship.
Like Pres. Bush, the nominee devoted his efforts to helping the less fortunate. As an example, he took his Catholic faith to Georgetown Preparatory School and volunteered serving meals to homeless Americans. He follows in his mother’s footsteps as the second Kavanaugh to serve as a judge.
He was reportedly at the White House during the 9-11 Attacks visiting his future wife, Ashely, following their first date. She worked as Pres. Bush’s personal secretary and the pair were reportedly swept up by security together during the crisis.
These days, the Kavanaughs have two daughters and he coaches in their daughters’ Catholic Youth Organization basketball league in his spare time. They call him “Coach K.”
In terms of what Christians can expect, should Pres. Trump’s nominee successfully navigate the brutal congressional hearings ahead and garner 50 votes in the Senate, religious liberty, gun rights and the protection of life could top the list.
Roe v Wade
Although Judge Kavanaugh has gone on the record saying that he believes in upholding past decisions, abortion has been an evolving court issue in recent years. Science has far outpaced the information used to arrive at the decision in the 1973 case. The basic understanding about life, human life and viability outside the womb has changed dramatically.
The potential lifetime high court judge has a sparse record on abortion from his D.C. courtroom. But the opinions he has rendered lean pro-life. In a case about an illegal immigrant teen held in detention, he disse
nted about her so-called “right” to have an abortion.
“The government has permissible interests in favoring fetal life, protecting the best interests of a minor, and refraining from facilitating abortion” he wrote in dissent.
He argued the majority opinion was “based on a constitutional principle as novel as it is wrong: a new right for unlawful immigrant minors in U.S. government detention to obtain immediate abortion on demand.”
In his dissent, he does acknowledge that the D.C. appeals court was bound by the Roe v Wade decision.
But Judge Kavanaugh, like Pres. Trump’s appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the high court, is a disciple of Justice Antonin Scalia who believed in following the original text and intent of the U.S. Constitution. It is increasingly likely with Kavanaugh shifting the court to the right that Roe could be overturned and emerge as a states’ rights issue. That would put the right to life back in the hands of individual citizens to decide on its immorality and affront to God.
The recent rulings involving LGBT citizens and Christians disagreeing over gay marriage participation are the direct result of Justice Neil Gorsuch supporting religious liberty. If ex-Pres. Obama were to have seated his choice of Merrick Garland, the high court would have been flush with extreme liberals more interested in pushing secularism than following the Constitution.
Christians such as the cake baker in Colorado would have been forced to participate in gay activities or face court-ordered penalties. In no way shape or form would religious liberty have survived had Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell not stood his ground against the war on Christianity by the Obama Administration by rejecting Garland.
Judge Kavanaugh is a devout Catholic who supports the rights of Christians and other religions. He expressed this from the bench when supporting the high court’s Hobby Lobby ruling that the family-owned Christian business could not be compelled to provide a health care package that was against their convictions.
“The regulations substantially burden the religious organizations’ exercise of religion because the regulations require the organizations to take an action contrary to their sincere religious beliefs,” he stated.
When Christian beliefs are at odds with other possible rights, people of faith would have a friend on the U.S. Supreme Court in Brett Kavanaugh.
Whether Kavanaugh is a gun enthusiast or not has not been widely reported. However, his position on the Second Amendment rings true.
From his appeals court position, he rejected a ban on guns in the District of Columbia while in the minority on the issue. He said like “semi-automatic handguns, that semi-automatic rifles are also constitutionally protected and that DC’s ban on them is unconstitutional.”
Should Judge Kavanaugh reach the U.S. Supreme Court this fall, Christians will be able to sleep a little better knowing the assault on religion has come to a close, at least while five conservatives are seated.
~ Christian Patriot Daily