Members of the religious right cheered President Donald Trump's latest nominee to serve on the Supreme Court, calling Judge Brett Kavanaugh a solid pick.
Below is a sampling of reactions:
Dr. Ronnie Floyd, pastor of Cross Church and president of the National Day of Prayer: "Perhaps at no other time in history has the integrity of our Supreme Court mattered more. Through their decisions and rulings, our justices are shaping the future of human dignity, the definition of family and marriage and the personal assurance of religious freedom in America for generations to come. This is why I am delighted to hear President Trump has yet again nominated to the court another justice committed to following the original intent of our Constitution."
Pastor Greg Laurie, evangelist and nationally syndicated radio host: "I want to congratulate Judge Kavanaugh on his nomination. I hope he knows that his nomination comes supported by the prayers of millions of Christians who trust in their judicial system to protect the rights and liberties of all Americans."
Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference: "I join millions of Americans in congratulating Judge Kavanaugh for his nomination, a well-respected jurist widely regarded for his intellect, temperament, as well as for his dedication to the Constitution. While certainly conservative, Judge Kavanaugh is well within the mainstream of American legal thought and theory."
Nick Adams, founder and CEO of the Foundation for Liberty and American Greatness (FLAG): "Judge Kavanaugh's originalist record gives me confidence that the Supreme Court will turn from legislating from the bench and remain committed to its Constitutional role — limiting the powers of the other two branches and ensuring our laws pass Constitutional muster. The Senate must now do its job and confirm this outstanding nominee."
Paula White, Senior Pastor of New Destiny Christian Center: "If President Trump hit a home run with Justice Gorsuch, in the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh he's hit a grand slam. President Trump has done it yet again, fulfilled a promise exactly as he said he would. In Judge Kavanaugh, we literally could not have asked for more."
Pastor Jack Graham of Prestonwood Baptist Church: "Judge Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court is another checkmark in a long list of promises President Trump has kept. As is our practice as Christians, we promise to pray for Judge Kavanaugh and his family and all the other justices."
Dr. Robert Jeffress, Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Dallas: "Evangelicals are ecstatic because in less than two years, President Trump has filled a second Supreme Court vacancy with a second conservative — just as he promised. The fact that the president chose another conservative justice is more important than the name of that justice. This is a huge win for President Trump."
Dr. David Jeremiah, Pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church: "Judge Kavanaugh is obviously an originalist who will uphold the integrity of the Constitution as its framers intended, and his appointment will — in all likelihood — ensure America's first freedoms will be protected for at least another generation and, perhaps, many more."
Jentezen Franklin, Senior Pastor of Free Chapel: "The president has nominated Judge Kavanaugh as the newest associate justice to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, and I'm thrilled with his choice. Judge Kavanaugh has proven his commitment to faithfully interpreting the law as it's originally written, respecting every American's right to life and liberty."
Jason Yates of My Faith Votes: "Millions of American Christians supported then-candidate Trump based on his promises to nominate solidly conservative, originalist justices to the Supreme Court. The nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to fill the seat vacated by Anthony Kennedy shows, yet again, that President Trump is keeping his promise."
Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of Susan B. Anthony List: "President Trump has made another outstanding choice in nominating Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, keeping his promise to nominate only originalist judges to the Court. Judge Kavanaugh is an experienced, principled jurist with a strong record of protecting life and constitutional rights, as evidenced by his opinions in Garza v. Hargan and Priests for Life v. HHS."
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