Who will be the next US Supreme Court Justice?
That’s the question that is embroiled in partisan politics. Barack Obama has nominated Merrick Garland, the current Chief Judge of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, to fill the seat vacated by the death of Antonin Scalia. Republicans in Congress are refusing to even hold hearings or vote on Garrick, claiming that whoever wins the presidential election in November should be the one to nominate the next Supreme Court Justice.
Other than to say that Congress should move forward with hearings and vote, Hillary Clinton has not ventured to say who she would consider nominating to fill Scalia’s seat.
According to a recent report, Donald Trump has suggested that he would consider nominating William H. Pryor Jr. to the bench. Pryor is a federal judge on the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and a Commissioner on the US Sentencing Commission.
Supposedly, Trump is considering Pryor for his stand against homosexuality, same sex marriage and sodomy. In 2003, Pryor filed a legal brief in a Texas case where he stated:
“[There is] no fundamental right to engage in homosexual sodomy just because it is done behind closed doors.
“Homosexual sodomy has not historically been recognized in this country as a right — to the contrary, it has historically been recognized as a wrong — it is not a fundamental right.”
“Texas is hardly alone in concluding that homosexual sodomy may have severe physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual consequences, which do not necessarily attend heterosexual sodomy, and from which Texas’s citizens need to be protected.”
While I totally agree with Pryor’s stand against LGBT rights, I still like Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore to fill Scalia’s seat on the high bench.
A few years back I had the opportunity to hear Moore speak and what I heard I really liked. He spoke about ruling on the Constitution for what it says, not what he wished it said or on his own agenda. He said the Bill of Rights guarantees us the freedoms of speech and religion and that the government is not allowed to infringe on those rights.
Moore also stated that America was founded as a Christian nation and the separation of church of state is not in the Constitution or Bill of Rights and therefore is not a rule of law. He explained that what the Constitution says is that the government shall endorse or establish a state religion. The Framers wrote that because at the time, many European countries had one official state religion or in most cases, denomination. Countries demanded their people worship only the state religion, where it be Catholic, Lutheran, Episcopalian of some other denomination and they didn’t want that to happen here in the US. But nowhere in any of our founding documents did they write about a separation of church and state, pointing out that this erroneous doctrine came from a letter that Thomas Jefferson sent to the Danbury Baptist Association.
Moore’s belief in America being founded as a Christian nation spurred him to defy federal orders to remove the Ten Commandments from the Alabama Supreme Court House.
Jerry Newcombe, who spent many years with Dr. D. James Kennedy, wrote about Judge Moore, saying:
“When I first met Roy Moore in 1995 and interviewed him for television, he was a lowly circuit judge in a decrepit building in Gadsden, Alabama — kind of close to Birmingham.”
“He was being sued by the ACLU because he supposedly assaulted the First Amendment by having a plaque of the Ten Commandments hanging in his courtroom wall. It was surrounded by the Declaration of Independence and, as I recall, pictures of Washington and Lincoln.”
“Moore noted, ‘When I first put the Ten Commandments on the courtroom, I thought it was very fitting since it is the foundation of our laws, the foundation of our country. And I thought it also represented a return to the thing we need most in society, which is a return to morality.’”
“He viewed this as obeying his mandate as a state official: ‘We do the very thing that the state of Alabama in its constitution says we are to do by invoking the ‘favor and guidance of Almighty God.’ In the beginning of this country, when they wrote the First Amendment, when they wrote the Constitution, they did not think that an acknowledgement of God was an establishment of religion’.”
Moore was eventually removed from the state Supreme Court because of his Christian and constitutional beliefs. A few years later, the people of Alabama voted Moore back to the state Supreme Court.
Moore also spoke about the Second Amendment rights to own and bear arms and stated that there was no legal provision that spelled out the need for any form of gun control. He believes in the right of American citizens to be able to be armed for self-defense at home and away from home.
More recently, Judge Moore refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. In an interview about the matter, Moore told the media:
“I completely disagree with the authority the Supreme Court has. I’m quite sure they broke several constitutional amendments in that ruling.”
Once again, Judge Roy Moore has been removed from the Alabama Supreme Court because he continues to stand for the US and Alabama Constitutions and the principles our nation was founded upon proving that he is a man of conviction and will not sway from the laws and morals our nation was founded upon.
This is the kind of man we need on the US Supreme Court. In fact, I would be very tempted to support and vote for Judge Roy Moore if he decided to run for president. He is the type of leader that our nation so desperately needs. If I were president, Roy Moore would be my first nomination to the US Supreme Court. If I were chairman of the Republican National Committee, Roy Moore would be the man I would be pushing to run for the White House.