This blog started out as a companion piece to my book, Musings from the Christian Left (excerpts of which can be found in the July 2004 link) and to support a planned radio show. Now, its simply a long term writing project from a Christian Left Libertarian perspective (meaning I often argue for liberty within the (Catholic) Church, rather than liberty because the church takes care of a conservative view of morality.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Justice Gorsuch

I find that, although I have commented on it on Facebook, I did not bother to do a formal blog entry on our new Justice Gorsuch. The quesiton is, how much of a true believer is he? Is he more of a Scalia, his friend, or a Kennedy, his mentor. I am betting the latter, not that there was ever really a chance of stopping his nomination. If he is a Kennedy, he will let Perry v. Brown (gay marriage), Lawrence v. Texas (sodomy), Gonzalez v. Carhart (partial birth abortion ban legal without overturning Roe) and Roe v. Wade (abortion) stand. He will have seven or eight justices voting his way so these issues will likely never be seen again because the appellate courts follow these precedents. Birth control funding is settled as well, although there may be some religious freedom questions, especially around funding religous schools (which I favor). I have written about judicial nominations by the Republicans before. Time has shown that their argument that electing them will give us justices that will repeal Roe is entirely false. See below:
http://xianleft.blogspot.com/2009/05/tests-for-next-justice.html

http://xianleft.blogspot.com/2006/02/roberts-court.html
http://xianleft.blogspot.com/2005/10/judge-alito-new-souter.html 
http://xianleft.blogspot.com/2005/10/ms-miers-withdraws-and-right-is-still.html 
http://xianleft.blogspot.com/2005/10/miss-miers-and-repunkdlican-right.html 
http://xianleft.blogspot.com/2005/09/roberts-hearings-cold-comfort-for.html 
http://xianleft.blogspot.com/2005/08/john-roberts-nomination-and-2008.html 
http://xianleft.blogspot.com/2005/05/senate-confirmation-tricks-pandering.html
Sadly, the links are not working. You will have to copy and paste.

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