Written by Don Byrd

President Donald Trump has nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia almost one year ago. Judge Gorsuch currently sits on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.

In response to the nomination announcement, Baptist Joint Committee executive director Amanda Tyler issued the following statement:

President Donald Trump has taken the first step in returning the Court to full strength. We look forward to the opportunity to review Judge Neil Gorsuch’s record on church-state matters and hope that the Senate will take its responsibility seriously to evaluate him in the confirmation process.

The Baptist Joint Committee does not support or oppose judicial nominees but seeks to educate the public about the Court’s role in upholding religious liberty for all people. A strong commitment to both protecting the free exercise of religion and preventing government establishment of religion is essential to upholding our constitutional commitment to America’s first freedom.