It’s great that another conservative-leaning person was nominated for the Supreme Court, but what if Roe v. Wade is never overturned? If abortion remains legal in the U.S., could Christians still engage the pro-life effort beyond protesting Roe v. Wade?
Ever since the Supreme Court ruling in 1973 that legalized abortion as a Constitutional right, American Christians have fervently appealed to both heaven and the government to overturn this decision. However, 45 years (and over 60 million terminated pregnancies) later, Roe v. Wade still stands.
These growing numbers can zap the hope out of any pro-lifer, but recent events have sparked inklings of hope among Christians that the likelihood of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade perhaps might be somewhat possible, maybe.
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As Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, a District of Columbia appellate court judge, headed to Capitol Hill to meet members of Congress who will determine his fate, religious leaders and experts weighed in on whether he should be named the replacement for retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.
President Donald Trump has announced his nominee to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. Here is what you should know about the latest nominee for associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States: Brett Kavanaugh, including his religion and Christian faith.
Photo: U.S. Circuit Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh looks on as U.S. President Donald Trump introduces him as his nominee to the United States Supreme Court during an event in the East Room of the White House July 9, 2018 in Washington, DC. Pending confirmation by the U.S. Senate, Judge Kavanaugh would succeed Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy, 81, who is retiring after 30 years of service on the high court.
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The three judges have been on the legal world’s radar since they appeared in November on a White House list of potential Supreme Court nominees. And they are all “really incredible people in so many different ways, academically and in every other way,” according to President Trump.
The president is expected to nominate one of them to replace Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced his retirement last week (June 27).
For his first pick for the high court, Trump thrilled his conservative and evangelical Christian supporters by selecting Neil Gorsuch, an adherent of the “strict constructionist” philosophy espoused by the justice Gorsuch was replacing, the late Antonin Scalia. For many conservative evangelicals, the Supreme Court is the reason they voted for a president who doesn’t always talk and act like a person who has been called “God’s chosen candidate.”
Now the president seems to be angling to hit another “home run” (in Trump’s own words) for his base. The next justice appointed to the court will almost certainly decide cases on access to abortion, marriage and LGBT rights, and the place of religion in public life — and possibly, some observers say, revisit the landmark abortion case Roe v. Wade.
With these issues in mind, activists, politicians and court prognosticators are studying the cases and faith influences of the most likely nominees among the seven contenders the president reportedly has interviewed.
Here is a list of the three possible nominees widely considered to be front-runners and what they have said and done with regard to religion.
Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood aired nationally from 1968 through 2001, but it nearly came to a halt in 1976, simply because Fred Rogers had run out of ideas.
He was tired and wanted to try something new, and so he launched a show for adults – Old Friends, New Friends – with the goal of running repeats of his children’s series as long as possible. As he thought at the time: What else is there to teach the nation’s kids?
Then two things happened. His adult-oriented show struggled to gain an audience; moms and dads did not relate to him in the same way children did. But more significantly, tragedy struck: Rogers learned about a 4-year-old child who had died jumping off a building, pretending to be Superman. Rogers wondered: Could his show have helped prevent the death? So he got back to work, re-launched Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, and told the nation’s kids about the make-believe world of superheroes. Don’t jump off buildings or out of windows, he said. That only works in the movies.
Fred Rogers, who died in 2003, would have been 90 years old this year. A documentary about his incredible life, Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (PG-13), is expanding nationally the next two weeks.
The movie may be inappropriate for children – there’s minor language, discussion of war, and a dialogue about his views on homosexuality – but I’d recommend it for everyone else. Here are seven things I learned:
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Summer is the time of year when many families like to go on vacation. The kids are out of school, the weather is warm, and it's a great time for a roadtrip! There are many places to choose from around the country (and even around the world!), but parents may want to consider taking their families to a place where they will not only have fun, but will learn about the Bible and be encouraged in their faith. Below are seven places in different parts of the country that provide fun, educational, and edifying experiences for the whole family.
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