By “nuclear” means the U.S. Senate has confirmed The Honorable Neil Gorsuch as our newest U.S. Supreme Court Justice. I invite you to join me in a prayer of thanksgiving and praise to Almighty God for this gift.
In the hyperpolarized toxic environment that exists in Washington D.C., it became necessary for the Republican majority in the U.S. Senate to undo a parliamentary precedent, not a law or even a Senate rule, to permit President Trump’s nominee to be confirmed by a simple majority vote. Somehow this has been dubbed the “nuclear option.”
The result is that a jurist eminently qualified with impeccable judicial credentials and a proven advocate for faith, family and freedom is now the ninth sitting Supreme Court justice, and not a moment too soon.
In the coming days and weeks, Justice Gorsuch may well be the determining vote on several far-reaching issues including Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Pauley in which a church in Missouri was denied a state grant to improve a playground surface used by its faith-based preschool. This constitutionally challenges the Missouri state law that prohibits direct state aid to educational institutions that have a religious affiliation. In light of Justice Gorsuch’s 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in the Hobby Lobby Stores v. Sebelius case (which was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court), he seems to be an advocate for religious rights under the Constitution.
Family Heritage Alliance is grateful for Justice Gorsuch’s appointment by President Donald Trump, the U.S. Senate for his confirmation and the supporting words and votes of our SD Senators John Thune and Mike Rounds.
Godspeed, Justice Neil Gorsuch. Our prayers are with you.