President Trump’s SCOTUS Pick

Evangelical Leader Dr. Richard Land Says Judge Neil Gorsuch Will Interpret Constitution Based on Founders’ Original Intent

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—After President Donald Trump announced his pick tonight of Judge Neil Gorsuch to succeed Supreme Court justice, Antonin Scalia, Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, President and Evangelical leader Dr. Richard Land issued the following statement:

“Tonight, President Trump held true to his word and chose one of the foremost jurists in America to fill the seat left vacant by justice Antonin Scalia,” Land said. “Judge Gorsuch comes from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit and he is a proponent of originalism and textualism in interpreting the Constitution.  Because of this, Judge Gorsuch will interpret the Constitution’s meaning as stable from the time of enactment and would not be prone to considering the Constitution as a living document.  In addition, he has shown that he primarily interprets the Constitution based on the original intent of our founding fathers and doesn’t read in meaning that isn’t there. 

“Judge Gorsuch is supremely qualified to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court,” Land continued.  “This is precisely the kind of Supreme Court nominee that President Trump promised to give America and is the main reason why millions of Americans voted for him last November.  The American people are extremely frustrated that they have been losing the right to govern themselves to unelected federal judges. Judge Gorsuch will help correct that.

“On a lesser note, it is interesting that Judge Gorsuch continues the domination of the Supreme Court by Ivy Leaguers. All of the current justices have been educated in the Ivy League, as has Judge Gorsuch.  However, he does increase the diversity of the Court in that he is an Episcopalian and, if confirmed, Judge Gorsuch will be the only protestant on the Court. It also encourages conservatives that he was one of the youngest nominees, at the age of forty-nine. Judge Gorsuch should have many decades of service on the Court,” Land concluded. 


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