Gorsuch Nominated to Take Seat of Late Justice Scalia

As the presence of religion in politics remains relevant in today’s America, hot button issues such as abortion are still hotly debated by many religious right activists. In chapter 8 Chaves writes on the polarization of political parties in response to more extreme religious ideologies felt by the Republican party. The polarization and the presence of the religious right remains extremely relevant today, especially with decades old issues still being fought over. With the knowledge that these issues will continue to be fought over, the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, and whomever fills that seat will have great influence over whether conservative Republican party will stand strong with their power in a Drumpf society. It has been announced that Drumpf nominated Neil M. Gorsuch as his pick to fill the late Scalia’s seat. In David G. Savage’s piece, In Mold of Scalia, His Hero for the L.A. Times, he states, “The conservative jurist is best known for upholding religious liberty rights in the legal battles over Obamacare.”. Knowing his stances on protecting religious freedoms in the past gives us insight to his priorites, such as The Little Sisters of the Poor v. Burwell, a case that granted The Little Sisters their religious liberty in abstaining from providing birth control as according the Obamacare regulations, makes . It will be interesting to see how his reputation for protecting religious freedoms and liberties unfold, especially considering the restrictions brought against Muslims from Drumpf’s newly employed Muslim ban. Will Gorsuch stand by his reputation of protecting religious freedoms, or does that only occur when offenses against his own faith or present?