It will no doubt all get even more interesting, but for now, the question I'd like to contemplate is whether the church Judge Gorsuch attends is a red flag or a nonstarter.
It's pretty clear that it's not the kind of place I'd ever attend:
You can almost smell the leftism wafting from it.
And I've seen some opining of the sort that deems his membership there to be a deal-breaker. The calls for DJT to withdraw Gorsuch's name from nomination have begun.
I'm holding off. Sure, I'd like it if he went to an actual church, that is, a place where sound doctrine is preached, but my sense is that calls for his head without knowing more than what is revealed above strike me as exemplifying the utter lack of subtlety that characterizes most public-policy thinking these days. People's reasons for attending a particular house of worship are varied and often quite personal. I know people who attend such churches, including the Presbyterian Church USA church in which I grew up, which is now a hotbed of social justice, and while they seethe and gnash their teeth, they have not to date reached the point of leaving. There are roots and relationships involved in a lot of cases. A person's church, even if it's become rotten with leftist nonsense, is sometimes the scene of defining moments on one's spiritual path.
Let's remember that the Heritage Foundation recommended him to the Trump team. Let's also remember that he enjoyed a deep friendship with the late Antonin Scalia, who was not only a towering judicial mind, but a real Christian without question.
As an undergraduate and a law student, he was generally regarded as a solid conservative. There is, of course, the now-somewhat-famous piece he wrote for National Review in 2005 on the "overweening addiction to the courtroom as the place to debate social policy."
In this age when bits of information become accessible worldwide in a matter of seconds, an age also characterized by the most raw polarization in anybody's lifetime, an age in which nothing escapes being imbued with an ideological charge, I daresay that any of the other finalists for this SCOTUS seat would have been subjected to a degree of scrutiny that would have had some camp of self-styled purists up in arms by now.
Can we please all continue to learn more about this man and get a fuller sense of the overall picture?
In a world of fallen humans - there is no other kind - is there no one we won't jettison?