BigNews.Biz - Feb 17,2017 - Flake Lauds Judge Gorsuch as a Defender of Religious Freedom
Returns to the Senate floor to speak in support of Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today spoke on the Senate floor to support Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court and highlight his record as a defender of religious freedom.
“I have always supported religious freedom as a universal principle. It doesn’t matter if we’re defending our own First Amendment right to the free exercise of religion here at home or standing up for the religious freedoms of people under repressive regimes abroad. Our country has always valued the right of individuals to practice their faith as they please,” said Flake. “…I believe Judge Gorsuch is a mainstream jurist who will uphold the Constitution to ensure justice for all, regardless of an individual’s religious beliefs or which administration is in power. As someone who embraces religious freedom, it is a privilege to support and confirm a judge like Neil Gorsuch who respects this central constitutional principle.”
A transcript of the prepared remarks can be viewed below.
Mr. President, as I did last week, and as I will continue to do until he is confirmed, I rise to support the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to serve on the Supreme Court.
Judge Gorsuch is an accomplished, mainstream jurist. I look forward to helping make sure he receives an up-or-down vote here on the Senate floor. After meeting with Judge Gorsuch and learning more about his judicial philosophy, I continue to be impressed by his humble respect for the law and his commitment to service.
Before the Judiciary Committee begins our hearings, I want to highlight aspects of his jurisprudence that qualify him to serve on our nation’s highest court and make him an ideal candidate to fill such a consequential position.
Earlier this month, I spoke about his fitness to fill Justice Scalia’s seat as well as his respect for the separation of powers.
Today, I would like to focus on his approach to religious freedom during his time on the federal bench. I have always supported religious freedom as a universal principle. It doesn’t matter if we’re defending our own First Amendment right to the free exercise of religion here at home or standing up for the religious freedoms of people under repressive regimes abroad. Our country has always valued the right of individuals to practice their faith as they please.
Just as religious freedom is part of our national character, it also provides insight into the character and judicial philosophy of a prospective justice.
When I had the privilege of meeting with Judge Gorsuch last week, I asked him about his thoughts on religious freedom. I was struck by his ability to plainly articulate his understanding of the law and our Constitution. He explained his religious liberty opinions by telling me that he simply went “where the law led him.” His explanation was