September 21, 2020
CHARLOTTE, N.C.—On Friday evening, news broke of the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She was the court’s second female justice, and passed away at the age of 87 due to complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer.
Ginsburg’s death has ignited discussion pertaining to whether or not a replacement should be confirmed before Election Day. President Trump and many Senate Republicans are looking to quickly fill Ginsburg’s seat, but Democratic leaders and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden have urged Republicans to oppose a confirmation vote before the 2020 U.S. presidential election.
Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, www.ses.edu) President Dr. Richard Land issued this statement about the death of Justice Ginsburg and her significance in history, and why he supports a Supreme Court replacement confirmation to fill the seat before Election Day:
“If you thought that the 2020 election cycle couldn’t get any more controversial—wrong! Justice Ginsburg’s death further roils the already turbulent waters of 2020. Now, a key swing vote on the Supreme Court is up for grabs. It is clear from press statements that the Democrats are willing to do virtually anything to keep President Trump from filling that vacant seat with a conservative (including ending the filibuster, and packing the Supreme Court with six new justices). They’ve also threatened if they get a majority after the election to make Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia states, which would make four more Democrat senators.
“President Trump should ignore their threats and immediately nominate a strong conservative to the Supreme Court. That was a major reason why so many Americans voted for President Trump in 2016. Perhaps the most important reason to proceed immediately to nominate and vote to confirm a conservative justice to the Supreme Court is that with all the mail-in voting and perhaps 80,000,000 ballots floating around it is becoming increasingly likely the Supreme Court may well be needed immediately after the election to adjudicate the validity of election results (like Bush v. Gore in 2000). The last thing we need is a Supreme Court dead-locked in a 4-4 tie, which could precipitate a constitutional crisis. We desperately need nine justices making these decisions.
“It should also be acknowledged that Justice Ginsburg was an important historical figure. While she was extremely liberal, as you would expect a former ACLU General Counsel to be, she was the second woman to be placed on the Supreme Court, and she was a barrier-breaker for her gender in remarkable ways. As the father of two daughters and the husband of one wife, I appreciate that contribution particularly. Sadly, one of her ‘contributions’ was that she helped to make it far easier for mothers to kill their unborn babies. We should pray for her family as they mourn her loss.”
Dr. Richard Land, a prominent voice on Christian ethics in both academia and the media, explores many other timely and critical topics in his daily radio feature, “Bringing Every Thought Captive,” as well as in his weekly column for The Christian Post, where he serves as an executive editor.
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