ADF CEO responds to President Trump’s nominee to US Supreme Court
“Any nominee should be an originalist with a public record demonstrating deep commitment to protecting Americans’ constitutional freedoms, including religious freedom and free speech for all. Judge Barrett has an encouraging record of advocating for constitutional freedoms, and she deserves a fair and respectful confirmation process in the Senate. Unfortunately, critics have wasted little time in criticizing her Catholic faith and suggesting that her convictions disqualify her from public service. Like Justice Ginsburg, she has deep convictions. Judge Barrett has repeatedly stated her commitment to decide cases based on law and not on personal opinion. It’s religious bigotry to suggest that any judge would do otherwise simply because she is a person of strong faith. If that bigotry becomes part of the confirmation process, it will violate the Constitution.”
Michael P. Farris is president and CEO of Alliance Defending Freedom. Farris was founding president of both the Home School Legal Defense Association and Patrick Henry College and continues to serve as chairman of the board of HSLDA and chancellor emeritus of PHC. He graduated from Western Washington State College, magna cum laude, with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, followed by a J.D. from Gonzaga University (with honors). At Gonzaga, he was articles editor of the Law Review, and winner of the Linden Cup Moot Court Competition. He also earned an LL.M. in Public International Law from the University of London. Farris has specialized in constitutional appellate litigation. In that capacity, he has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court, eight federal circuit courts of appeals, and in the appellate courts of 13 states. He is also the author of numerous amicus briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court.