A more conservative court is good for America in many ways.
I am glad that President Trump has nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
Of course, once you say such a thing, half the country flies into a rage.
Last night, I tweeted, “I am glad @RealDonaldTrump will be nominating the next Supreme Court Justice, rather than @HillaryClinton. I'll be writing more on this tomorrow, but the implications for life and religious liberty are the reason that many evangelicals supported President Trump.”
But, both of the things I said are true.
The first is that I’m glad that a Supreme Court justice has been nominated who will, I hope, move the court away from its recent social activism. And, it’s true that many evangelicals voted as they did because of the Supreme Court.
The Court matters.
I’ve written many times about my concern about President Trump and how evangelicals have responded to him. You can find some of my pieces here, here and here. In the end, however, I know that many will be outraged by my tweet—not because of my nuanced words, but because of their own concerns about Trump.
But, President Trump is not appointing himself to the bench. He is nominating a respected jurist. If that respect is unearned, we will see during the confirmation hearing. But, for many, any conservative would be unacceptable.
However, if the election had gone the other way and Hillary Clinton was president, you would now have a generational majority that would not be sympathetic to concerns for religious liberty, issues related to life or abortion, or on many other topics of concern.
Why many evangelicals voted as they did.
As I previously wrote in an article for evangelicals, “It’s the Supreme Court, stupid!,” playing off of a comment from James Carville, …