There’s a tinge of regret in losing the U.S. House of Representatives to a party whose leaders can’t tell the difference between a boy and a girl.
Yet winning the Senate is a victory that can’t be understated. It’s tremendous.
The battles social and religious conservatives have been losing for the past 50 years haven’t occurred in Congress, but in the federal courts.
And it was the Senate that confirmed those liberal judges.
Congress never legalized abortion. Congress never passed a law prohibiting prayer or Bible reading in the public schools. Congress didn’t legalize homosexual marriage.
Federal judges, who have always posed the greatest threat to social and religious causes, did all this.
By gaining seats in the Senate, it will be much easier to replace those activist judges with strict constitutionalists, something President Trump has promised to do and has been doing so far.
Winning the Senate was vital in the ongoing, tireless effort to defend pro-family, traditional and biblical values that America was founded upon.
The courts not only have the power strike down these time-honored values, but their adverse rulings can have a significant impact on public opinion soon afterwards – making it nearly impossible to reverse those decisions.
Take homosexual marriage, for example.
In 2007, only 37 percent of Americans approved of same-sex marriages, according to a recent study conducted by the Pew Research Center. But by 2017, a little more than two years after the Supreme Court upheld homosexual marriage, 62 percent of Americans approved.
As more and more Americans abandon the Bible as guidelines to judge between right and wrong, they look toward the law and the courts to set those moral boundaries.
And as long as gay marriage was illegal, the majority of Americans felt same-sex unions were wrong. But once the highest court struck down laws banning same-sex marriages, a majority of Americans quickly shifted their attitudes and condoned the homosexual ceremony.
This is why control of the courts is so critical to social and religious conservatives, more so now than ever before, because liberal judges have no respect for the law.
As Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said, “The law means nothing to liberal Democrats. The law be damned.”
Several important cases are currently making their way through the federal courts that are vitally important for social and religious conservatives to win.
- The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case of the Bladensburg Peace Cross and whether the 90-year-old, 40-foot cross sitting on public land in Bladensburg, MD is constitutional and can remain. If the Supreme Court rules against the cross, it could mean the removal of all crosses at Arlington National Cemetery.
- The 4thCircuit Court of Appeals will soon be ruling on whether an Islamic indoctrination program can be taught in a Maryland public school. A lower-court has already determined the program is “purely academic” and constitutionally permissible, even though it requires students to learn the Islamic creed of faith.
- A Texas law prohibiting abortions at the start of the second-trimester is now under consideration at the 5thCircuit Court of Appeals. Nearly 140,000 second-trimester abortions are performed yearly.Upholding the law will end the nasty and painful procedure of tearing limbs off unborn babies, at least in Texas.
- And in a case of upmost importance to churches, the U.S. Pastors Council has filed a federal suit against the City of Austin, TX over a local ordnance requiring churches to hire homosexual employees, including pastors.
And there are many other important cases of great concern to social and religious conservatives making their way through the courts; such as the right of Christian businesses to refuse photography and bakery services to weddings of same-sex couples, or the right of families to host home Bible studies, or whether businesses can be forced to hire transgender employees.
The Democrats taking over the House of Representatives hardly means anything to social and religious conservatives.
The prevailing power for the future of pro-family issues rests in the Republican-controlled Senate, which after a tremendously successful midterm election, will maintain the votes needed to approve President Trump’s strict constructionist judges.
Trump has already nominated 69 judges and two Supreme Court Justices so far. There are still 149 more vacancies to fill, with more to come, especially if they don’t watch their step.
“We’re putting a priority on changing the courts,” Sen. Mitch McConnell said. “And the kinds of people the president is sending up and we’re confirming are relatively young and extremely bright.”
Good news for the future.
The judicial system is the most powerful branch of the federal government, but at least the Senate and the President can control who get those prestigious seats.
They can only watch and offer an opinion, just like the rest of us.