Gorsuch is an absolutely superb choice

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President Trump has nominated Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court.

OUR TAKE: Gorsuch is an absolutely superb choice.

Gorsuch, 49, was appointed to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver by President George W. Bush. He has an outstanding track record of faithfully applying the law and defending the Constitution — including in two cases where he ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby and the Little Sisters of the Poor — upholding religious liberty for all.

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Here are several reasons why CatholicVote supports the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court:

    • Gorsuch is well-regarded as a top legal mind and is considered to be one of the best writers on the federal bench. He graduated from Columbia University and Harvard Law School — and later studied at Oxford where he completed a doctorate in philosophy under renowned Catholic natural law scholar John Finnis.
    • While he has never ruled directly on an abortion case, in his 2006 book exploring the legal questions involved in assisted suicide, Gorsuch observed that: “In Roe, the Court explained that, had it found the fetus to be a ‘person’ for purposes of the Fourteenth Amendment, it could not have created a right to abortion because no constitutional basis exists for preferring the mother’s liberty interests over the child’s life.”
    • In that same book, Gorsuch wrote: “human life is fundamentally and inherently valuable, and that the intentional taking of human life by private persons is always wrong.
    • Judge Gorsuch sided with pro-life Utah Gov. Gary Herbert on procedural grounds in his lawsuit against Planned Parenthood, which sued after they were cut off from state funding.
    • On two separate court cases involving Obama’s notorious HHS mandate, Judge Gorsuch sided with Hobby Lobby and the Little Sisters of the Poor. He stressed the need of religious organizations to have broad freedom to determine the requirements of their faith.
    • In another religious liberty case Summum v. Pleasant Grove City, Judge Gorsuch wrote that the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause did not prevent local governments from honoring religious speech through a Ten Commandments monument. And when the Supreme Court ultimately took the same side as Judge Gorsuch, it was Justice Scalia who “articulated very similar views” to Gorsuch, according to SCOTUSBlog.

Perhaps the best articulation of Neil Gorsuch’s philosophy is an excellent article he wrote in 2005 for National Review. Gorsuch wrote: “[R]ather than use the judiciary for extraordinary cases … American liberals have become addicted to the courtroom, relying on judges and lawyers rather than elected leaders and the ballot box, as the primary means of effecting their social agenda on everything from gay marriage to assisted suicide to the use of vouchers for private-school education.”

This is a judge who gets it.

Gorsuch understands the role of the judiciary and its constitutional limits.

And he understands the three most important words of the Constitution.

“We the People.”

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  1. Phillip Greenfield on

    he is probably the worst choice you could possibly make when it comes to making the earth more environmentally safe. HE IS CONSTANTLY FIGHTING THE EPA, and siding with businesses that are polluters of the air…against the clean air act, etc. There are other ,”important ” issues that can highly effect our lives in a negative way when it comes to combating the pollution of our earth., and Neil Gorsuch is not a good noice..You need to explore his record on environmental issues….they matter!!!!

    • Phillip, I have fought long and hard to convince my friends that the fragile Earth is in trouble. I asked them if it were true and there were even more disasters, how would they feel turning our only home to our children. I wrote to my Governor who lives on the Gulf of Mexico not far from the water. Being a Republican he rejecter climate change as a hoax, as Trump did, and closed by saying he “didn’t mind getting his feet wet”. I wrote an op-ed several months ago about the decline in Polar Bears emphasizing the Artic sea pack ice melting causing the ice hunting bears to starve. When I gave my fourth degree Knight brother-in-law a copy of the op-ed he asked “who needs those monsters anyway”,

      For reasons unexplained, Republicans have a closed mind to the stark reports coming out of the EPA and the vast majority of the worlds eco-scientist that give severe consequences of a status quo.

      Most of my GOP friends offer a weak retort. They say that the earth goes through these types of cycles every 10,000 years. They offer no proof since they weren’t there 10K years ago and nobody else was either. I contrast that diatribe with the Earth never had to support 8 billion humans most of whom haven’t a clue when they rev the gas guzzler Corvette engine. Oh, I forgot the other animal inhabitants who expel Co2 into the air with numbers in the trillions. My only hope is that Pope Francis has seen the urgency having put out a Catholic edict… “we must become good stewards of Mother Earth. We must stop reproducing like rabbits”

      Now I have two things to ask Gods help for…

      1) O Lord please allow humanity to see the light on global warming and

      2) Please give our new president powers to see that lying begets no good. He must tell the truth.

  2. Judge Gorsuch is an excellent Constitutional judge. I’ve urged both of my Senators to endorse his nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. Like Justice Scalia, he sometimes reaches results that favor liberals when he thinks the history or text of the Constitution or the law require it, especially in areas like criminal law or the rights of religious minorities

    Other rulings give conservatives confidence that Gorsuch is a strong supporter of religious freedom rights. Last September, he joined a dissent arguing that requirements for contraception coverage in Obamacare ran roughshod over the rights of religious non-profits.

    Gorsuch also wrote a 2000 law journal article and a 2006 book arguing strongly against assisted-suicide laws. The practice of allowing the terminally ill to end their lives is now legal in six states and is on the verge of being legalized in Washington, D.C.

  3. Gorsuch can’t be for religious freedom, or other freedoms, when he wants to prevent people from making the
    choice of whom to love, how individuals must lead their lives according to him, when he wants to impose his will on LGBT rights & treat them as second class citizens. when he wants to impose his will on women. This isn’t freedom, it is tyranny from the bench. According to Gorsuch we should turn the clock back to the 1900’s. Donald Trump has filled his cabinet with individuals who want to demolish American rights to free education, health care, clean air & water & leave America as a scorched earth. Neil Gorsuch can’t be pro-life if he supports the death penalty. Donald Trump supports private prisons where inmates are treated inhumanely & have a high rate of death among the inmates. Neither one of these people deserve support of those who profess to follow Jesus.

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