The Rushmore Report – Seven Leading Evangelicals Respond to Kavanaugh Nomination


It has been one week since Brett Kavanaugh was nominated for the Supreme Court. When President Obama nominated two liberal justices to the highest court, most Republicans affirmed his choices. But Democrats were nearly unanimous in their opposition to Kavanaugh – even before they knew who the nominee would be. But what is the Christian response? Seven leading evangelicals have now spoken.

1. Jack Graham

The pastor of Dallas’ Prestonwood church said, “My sincere congratulations to Judge Brett Kavanaugh for his nomination to the Supreme Court. I’m thankful we have a president who has remained true to his word. This is another checkmark in a long list of promises President Trump has kept. My prayer is that our next justice may not only be in the mold of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, but also is in the mold of a man of God.”

2. Franklin Graham

President of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Graham congratulated Kavanaugh “on this monumentally important nomination. Those on the progressive, socialist left are of course already enraged. Another conservative justice threatens their agendas and the direction they were trying to push this country. We need to thank God for this long-awaited opportunity to change the make-up of the Supreme Court.”

3. Greg Laurie

Senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverdale, California, Laurie said, “Throughout our nation’s history, our Supreme Court has been consequential in protecting our liberties from those who have either misunderstood or misused liberty.” He then called on God to “grant Judge Kavanaugh his wisdom to continue this proud legacy of defending our unalienable rights, and may God give him favor for a speedy and fair confirmation.”

4. Samuel Rodriguez

The president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference was thrilled with Trump’s nomination. He said, “I join millions of Americans in congratulating Judge Kavanaugh for his nomination, as a well-respected jurist widely regarded for his intellect, temperament, and dedication to the Constitution. I pray for our country in this process, that instead of yet another vitriolic and divisive political battle, the confirmation process would instead be a reaffirmation of the strength of our democracy and its institutions.”

5. David Jeremiah

The pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church in El Cajon, Califonia thanked Trump for making “another excellent selection and for another fulfilled promise.” Jeremiah continued, “This nomination will usher in a new era on the Supreme Court, one that will defend the God-given rights of all Americans, as articulated in our Constitution. It is a reaffirmation of the founding and enduring values of our nation.”

6. Tony Perkins

As head of the Family Research Council, Perkins hailed Trump for “following through” and selecting a nominee from the list he presented during his presidential campaign. He said, “Under the Obama administration, we saw a growing assault on religious freedom and the courts became a battleground for secularists seeking to remove faith from the public square. Judge Kavanaugh resisted this trend in at least two instances. We are committed to working with President Trump and U.S. senators to help move the grassroots to gain the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh.”

7. Jerry Johnson

The president and CEO of National Religious Broadcasters urged supporters to “pray fervently and to work tirelessly for the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh.” Johnson continued, “With outstanding credentials and a track record that reveals a judicial philosophy honoring the Constitution, Kavanaugh should sail through the Senate on the basis of merit. Leading Democrats have signaled they may attempt to obstruct consideration of Judge Kavanaugh. Instead, they should stand above the fray and the uncivilized tactics of the radical Left.”


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