George, who has worked with Gorsuch, calls him a worthy successor to Justice Scalia. Gorsuch, he says, is an “intellectual superstar.” [Read more…]
President Donald Trump has nominated Colorado appeals court Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the late Antonin Scalia. Reportedly, Judge Gorsuch is from that same mold: eloquent, learned, articulate, and an “originalist” when it comes to interpreting the Constitution.
He is the author of a book against euthanasia and supported Hobby Lobby in its suit against the Obamacare birth control mandate. An Anglican, he would be the only Protestant on the bench, joining the 5 Catholics and 3 Jews currently serving. He is only 49, which means he would be on the court for a good long time.
Democrats began planning their opposition tactics before they even knew who was the nominee. Some are urging that that Senate Democrats filibuster the nomination. Republicans are saying that if that happens, they would take the “nuclear option” of voting to change the rules to limit filibusters, changing the Senate’s time-honored tradition of unlimited debate. [Read more…]
Once again, a congregation of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod is appearing before the Supreme Court in a religious liberty case. First there was Hosanna-Tabor Lutheran Church successfully arguing that it should be able to define who its ministers are, without being subject to discrimination complaints. Now, as we blogged about. Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Missouri, is arguing that its preschool should have not been denied a state grant to make its playground safer just because it is a religious institution.
There is a good story about the background of the Trinity pre-school case in the Kansas City Star, excerpted and linked after the jump. [Read more…]
A Christian-owned pharmacy chain refuses to stock “emergency contraception” drugs on the grounds that they cause abortion. The state of Washington wants to compel the chain to carry the drugs, even though that would violate the owner’s religious beliefs. The case would seem to be similar to that of Hobby Lobby, which won a ruling from the Supreme Court allowing it to opt out of Obamacare requirements. But this time the Supreme Court refused to hear the case. The pharmacies will have to sell the products.
In addition to the pro-life and religious liberty issues, I would think there would be business liberty issues. Should the government really be able to mandate what products a retailer has to stock? [Read more…]
Some states have imposed regulations on abortion clinics–such as requiring abortionists to have admitting privileges at local hospitals and making the clinics meet the standards for outpatient surgery–that have been shutting them down, grisly hell-holes that they are. But now the Supreme Court has overturned those health and safety regulations, ruling, 5-3, that they amount to an unconstitutional barrier to a woman’s right to an abortion. [Read more…]
The Supreme Court unanimously agreed to send the lawsuit from religious organizations objecting to the Obamacare contraceptive requirement back to a lower court. Apparently, the justices think they have found a solution that would prevent the religious groups from feeling “complicit in sin” by notifying the government about their objections, so as to force their insurance companies to provide the coverage for free. The solution seems to be (this hasn’t been made explicit) to have the employees, rather than the organization, ask for the coverage. [Read more…]