President Trump officially nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court on Saturday, and Christians from both ends of the political spectrum have released statements of support and opposition ahead of the Senate’s vote next month.
“Today it is my honor to nominate one of our nation’s most brilliant and gifted legal minds to the Supreme Court,” Trump said in the White House Rose Garden with Barrett at his side. “She is a woman of unparalleled achievement, towering intellect, sterling credentials and unyielding loyalty to the Constitution.”
The nomination comes a week after Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a liberal icon, died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. Barrett, who has been nominated to the Supreme Court, is currently serving on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
“Judge Barrett has demonstrated a steadfast dedication to upholding the Constitution as written, and not legislating from the bench,” a White House fact sheet noted. “Judge Barrett’s excellent judicial record shows she will protect the rights of Americans and defend the rule of law.”
Many Christian leaders support Barrett’s nomination.
Johnnie Moore, a prominent religious freedom advocate and founder of the KAIROS Company, wrote on Twitter: “@POTUS has selected the perfect candidate for the most important judicial seat in a generation, or more. Confirmation = supermajority at SCOTUS.”
Conservative organization Family Research Council thanked Trump for the nomination.
“Once again, President Trump is following through on his promise and has selected a nominee who has a proven, originalist track record,” FRC President Tony Perkins, who attended the White House announcement, said in a statement.