Judge Neil Gorsuch believes in religious freedom. The Hobby Lobby and Little Sisters of the Poor cases clearly bear that out.
When a law demands that a person do something the person considers sinful, and the penalty for refusal is a large financial penalty, then the law imposes a substantial burden on that person’s free exercise of religion.”
“All the plaintiffs in this case sincerely believe that they will be violating God’s law if they execute the documents required by the government. And the penalty for refusal to execute the documents may be in the millions of dollars. How can it be any clearer that the law substantially burdens the plaintiffs’ free exercise of religion?” the opinion added.
And so the left is predictably furious.
Elizabeth Warren screeched, “Now more than ever, America needs Supreme Court justices with a proven record of standing up for the rights of all Americans – civil rights, women’s rights, LGBT rights, and all other protections guaranteed by our laws.”
Notice no mention of religious freedom. That one is in the Bill of Rights. But Warren hates the Constitution.
Then there’s Pelosi.
Appearing on a town hall with CNN, Pelosi bashed Gorsuch’s record, pointing what she said was a “hostile” record on women’s rights — specifically pointing to his stance regarding the Hobby Lobby case — and insisted that he is “well outside the mainstream” of American legal thought.
“Elections have ramifications, and here is a living, breathing example of it,” Pelosi told host Jake Tapper.
Unless you count the Founders and the Bill of Rights as the mainstream of American legal thought.
The Human Rights Campaign, a gay lobby, claimed that because he “has advocated for eliminating Chevron deference, a critical administrative law doctrine that allows our federal system of regulations to function, which could result in the significant loss protections for LGBTQ people.”
The HRC is claiming that failure to defer to the supremacy of the bureaucracy is anti-gay.
Ed Markey sounds the same old notes. Then there’s Sen. Jeff Merkley who is still ranting about Merrick Garland, even though Hillary Clinton had made it clear she wouldn’t be appointing Garland.
The most hilarious bleat though came from Ron Wyden, the Senator from Manhattan’s Strand bookstore. “Gorsuch represents a breathtaking retreat from the notion that Americans have fundamental Constitutional rights.”
Because he believes in the Bill of Rights.