America’s long nightmare is finally over. Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed by the Senate over the weekend, by a vote of 50-48. And as expected, the reactions from across the land have been immediate and they have been strong. From the Christian perspective, no single voice speaks for all. In fact, there are strong reactions among Christians, both for and against Kavanaugh. These are some of those reactions, from leaders of Focus on the Family, National Right to Life, and more.
Jim Daly, leader of Focus on the Family, reports that his organization is “extremely pleased” with the confirmation. “Judge Kavanaugh is a man of proven judicial temperament, fair and impartial to all who appear in his courtroom. He has served almost three decades in public service. He deserves to sit on the nation’s highest court, and the nation will be greatly served because of it.”
Representing National Right to Life, Carol Tobias said, “This is a victory for all who believe that the federal courts should enforce the rights truly based on the text and history of the Constitution, and otherwise leave policy questions in the hands of elected legislators.” The group offered its strongest praise for Sen. Lindsay Graham for his strong support of Kavanaugh during the recent hearings.
Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council, said that Kavanugh had to overcome “an unimaginable smear campaign.” Perkins added, “For the first time in decades, this nomination brought with it the reality of returning to a truly constitutionalist court. Many on the Left couldn’t stand such a thought. And for that, he and his family have paid a tremendous price.”
However, not all Christians were happy with the Kavanaugh confirmation. Jim Wallis, president and founder of Sojourners, called the day of Kavanaugh’s confirmation a “day of mourning.” Bishop Dwayne Royster, political director for Faith in Action, agreed. He said, “The senate’s vote to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court will go down in history as a stain on this Court, the Congress, and this country.”
Clearly, most Christian leaders are celebrating the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
Most – but not all.