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Conservatives Against Judge William H. Pryor Jr. Growing

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By    |   Tuesday, 24 Jan 2017 01:56 PM

One of President Donald Trump's potential nominees to the Supreme Court may face steep opposition from the right, according to Conservative HQ.

Judge William H. Pryor Jr., who sits on the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, appeared on Trump's list of 21 possible nominees to replace the late Antonin Scalia released shortly after the election. Trump met with the judge in New York on Jan. 14, USA Today's The News Star reports.

CHQ staff oppose Pryor, citing the judge's decision in Keeton v. Anderson-Wiley, which involved a Christian counseling student who was expelled from a state college for refusing to take part in a remediation program for her anti-homosexual views.

"A three-judge panel, including Pryor, ruled the school did not discriminate against the student, in part because the school would treat anyone with her beliefs the same way," CHQ writes.

"Now, let's understand in practical terms what Judge Pryor's decision in Keeton v. Anderson-Wiley means; it means he believes the state — because this was a state university — can undertake the forced 'reeducation' of a Christian and that it could treat anyone with her beliefs the same way.

"Clearly, such a view of freedom of conscience and religious liberty is inimical to originalism and a constitutional conservative's understanding of the First Amendment and the limits on the government's power to coerce citizens to abandon their religious beliefs."

CHQ also lists Focus on the Family founder James Dobson, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, and American Family Association President Tim Wildmon as among Pryor's critics.

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