Many American faith leaders, including Jentezen Franklin, Paula White-Cain and the ACLJ's Jay Sekulow, were pleased with President Trump's choice of Brett Kavanaugh Monday night as the nominee to replace the retiring Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court.
American Family Association President Tim Wildmon's name, however, could not be counted among theirs.
In a statement, Wildmon says Kavanaugh has demonstrated "a deficiency in a constitutional judicial philosophy of a limited judiciary" and calls on the U.S. Senate to stop the appointment of a "bad nominee."
"Judge Kavanaugh's reasoning on religious liberty, Obamacare and issues concerning life have proven to be of major concern," Wildmon said. "For these and other reasons, we are calling on citizens to urge their senators to firmly oppose the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh as a justice on the United States Supreme Court."
In the AFA's statement Monday night, Wildmon cited that "although Kavanaugh decided correctly in the court case Priests for Life v. U.S. Dep't of Health & Human Services, he wrote a moderate opinion disagreeing with the priests on a foundational constitutional religious liberty principle.
As a result of Obamacare, the faith-based organization Priests for Life and others argued that the government could not compel or force them to provide contraception and abortion-causing drugs for their employees. Kavanaugh unnecessarily conceded in his opinion that the government has a compelling interest to force religious organizations to provide contraceptives and abortifacients for employees. Kavanaugh's concession created a dangerous precedent."
It has also been argued that Kavanaugh provided the roadmap to uphold the Obama administration's health care overreach at the Supreme Court. AFA added that there are also concerns with his opinion related to illegal alien female minors who are expecting but also seeking an abortion in the United States.
"Some of his decisions may have been favorable, but several of his opinions contain problematic language," Wildmon said.
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