It’s been more than 2 months since the mid-term elections and all of the hysteria has calmed down, for now. As our attorneys continue working hard on our PRAYER case and fighting against the abusive SEX-ED curriculum in public schools, there is one thing the election has solidified: the federal judiciary will continue to be transformed by conservative judges appointed by President Trump.
In the first two years of Trump’s presidency, the Republican controlled Senate has confirmed a total of 84 Trump judicial appointees, including 29 to the circuit courts of appeal, 53 to district courts, and two to the Supreme Court. This is the most federal judges confirmed in one Senate, dating back to President Ronald Reagan. As a comparison, during the last two years of Obama’s presidency, the Senate only confirmed 22 judicial nominees.
Even the country’s most liberal Ninth Circuit Court, where Advocates files most of our appeals, is undergoing significant changes. The day after the November 6 election, Trump announced he was nominating three conservatives to the 9th Circuit! During the next two years, a Republican controlled Senate means that more of Trump’s nominees will be confirmed by the Senate.
“But select capable men from all the people – men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain – and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens.” Exodus 18:21 (NIV)
Federal appeals courts rule on thousands of cases that affect the lives of Americans. Speaker Newt Gingrich made this observation about President Trump: “He could, by the end of his time in office, be the most important president since Franklin Delano Roosevelt in shaping the judiciary.”
The federal judiciary is made up of a total of 865 judges. With 84 vacancies already filled by Trump appointees, and 122 more vacancies likely to be filled, one out of every four judges in the entire judiciary could be Trump a appointee.
This increasing number of Trump appointed judges means we will have more judges who uphold the First Amendment and the strict reading of the constitution! Regardless of whether you agree with President Trump’s leadership style, many of his judicial nominees share his political views, including traditional family values. President Trump is pro-life. He is against the Johnson Amendment. He is a staunch supporter of religious freedom. This is good news for Christians because these judges will uphold the rule of law as liberal legislatures attempt to chip away at our freedom.
The good news for Advocates is, that even in a progressive state like California, we will have a greater likelihood of success when we challenge law and policy in federal court. Fortunately, the outcome of one of Advocates’ most significant cases in 2019 will rest on the ruling of Trump appointed judges.
In July, 2018, a 3 judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals ruled that the Chino Valley Unified School District board policy that allowed invocations before the start of school board meetings is a violation of the Establishment Clause.
The reason this case is so important is, unless we can get this suppressing ruling overturned, the religious liberties of School Board Members throughout all the states in the 9th Circuit—which covers 9 western states and 2 territories—will be permanently silenced!
As always, Advocates for Faith & Freedom offers our attorney services pro bono. Because we will be defending this consequential case through most of the year, we are asking for prayers as well as financial support from friends like you—friends who help make it possible for us to fight these lengthy and costly court battles.
We’re fighting for invocations, something that’s been going on since our country’s founding. We, as Christians, cannot allow the radical Freedom From Religion Foundation to threaten this God-given freedom.
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