Reaction: Pros & Cons on the confirmation of Barrett as new associate justice of the Supreme Court

“Today I commend Judge Amy Coney Barrett on her confirmation to the Supreme Court. My prayer for her is that she will act in accordance with the words of the prophet Micah: that she will do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with her God as she takes her place on our nation's highest court." 

- Greg Laurie, pastor and founder of Harvest churches

 

“The Senate has confirmed a fair, honorable, and highly qualified woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. Amy Coney Barrett is a spectacular role model for my own daughters - and for young girls across the country - who aspire to live with a deep commitment to faith in God, a profound love for this blessed nation of ours, and who desire to guarantee liberty and justice for all. 

My family and I are praying for her. As she has with every responsibility given to her thus far, we are confident she will approach her new position with wisdom and humility.” 

- Jentezen Franklin, Senior Pastor of Free Chapel

People pray to Jesus at the door of the Supreme Court in support of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett
[Photo Credit: AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin] People pray to Jesus at the door of the Supreme Court in support of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett

“It is my greatest honor to congratulate Judge Amy Coney Barrett on her confirmation to the Supreme Court. She is a woman of great faith who has proven time and time again her commitment to advancing righteousness and justice in our nation. I pray God will guide her decisions during her tenure on the court and that she will judge with fairness and wisdom." 

- Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference

 

Speaking near midnight Sunday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., called the vote “illegitimate” and “the last gasp of a desperate party.”

Only one Republican — Sen. Susan Collins, who is in a tight reelection fight in Maine — voted against the nominee, not over any direct assessment of Barrett. Rather, Collins said, “I do not think it is fair nor consistent to have a Senate confirmation vote prior to the election.”

A protester opposed to the Senate
[Photo Credit: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite] A protester opposed to the Senate's race to confirm Amy Coney Barrett is removed by police after chaining themselves to a railing and holding a sign while sitting atop the statue Contemplation of Justice, at the Supreme Court building

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, praised the mother of seven as a role model for conservative women. “This is historic,” Graham said.

Republicans focused on her Catholic faith, criticizing earlier Democratic questions about her beliefs. Graham called Barrett “unabashedly pro-life.”

 

"There is no better example of a nominee showing calm, poise, and decency in the face of opposition than Amy Coney Barrett ... For the past 50 years, the Supreme Court has almost become an unchallengeable, unreviewable super-legislature. For this reason, it is all the more important to appoint Supreme Court justices holding an originalist philosophy, who can return our judiciary to a proper understanding of the Constitution's powers. Judge Amy Coney Barrett holds such a philosophy.

"President Donald Trump and the Senate Republican majority under Mitch McConnell's leadership deserve a lot of credit for appointing and confirming a stellar justice to the U.S. Supreme Court." - Family Research Council President Tony Perkins 

 

“I'm thrilled Judge Amy Coney Barrett has been confirmed to the Supreme Court. She has a brilliant legal mind and handled enormous adversarial questioning with grace.”

Strang adds, “I'm proud that such a strong believer has attained this high level. This should make all Spirit-filled Christians proud.”  - Author Stephen E. Strang