- Welcome to this editionof CBN News Showcase.
I'm Mark Martin.
- And I'm Charlene Aaron.
President Donald Trump'spick for a Supreme Court
justice nominee dominatedheadlines this week.
Well, President Trumpnamed Brett Kavanaugh
as his choice to replaceJustice Anthony Kennedy.
CBN's White HouseCorrespondent Ben Kennedy
has more on Kavanaugh's nomination
and potential influenceon the court and nation.
- This was no doubt a historicmoment for President Trump
as he moved to make his mark
on the Supreme Courtwith a second nominee.
During the made for primetime event,
President Trump introducedJudge Brett Kavanaugh
as his nominee to replaceretiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.
- What matters is not ajudge's political views,
but whether they can set aside those views
to do what the law andthe constitution require.
I am pleased to say that I have found,
without doubt, such a person.
- [Ben] Handpicked from a group of 25,
Kavanaugh becomes a crucial appointment
that could tilt the court for decades.
- My judicial philosophyis straight forward.
A judge must be independent
and must interpret thelaw, not make the law.
- Are you ready for a fight?
- [Ben] Demonstrators gatheredoutside the high court
to express their disappointmentwith the president's pick.
And they aren't the only ones.
- The AFA, the AmericanFamily Association,
which we all know here,and they're determinant
would be more further onthe right if you will.
Remember, this is an Evangelicalconservative organization,
they are calling on their supporters
to oppose Brett Kavanaugh,now that's news.
And that's a big deal.
- [Ben] Kavanaugh has servedon the DC Court of Appeals
since 2006, he earneda law degree from Yale,
clerked for Justice Kennedy,and has a vast judicial
record with more than 300 opinions.
- Tomorrow I begin meetingwith members of the Senate
which plays an essentialrole in this process.
- Now President Trump predicts a vicious
confirmation battle, thelines are already drawn.
Senate Majority LeaderMitch McConnell wants
a vote by default, however,Democrats want to wait
until after the midtermswith a razor thin majority.
And Senator John McCainbattling brain cancer at home,
Republicans need total unityto push this nominee through.
Ben Kennedy, CBN News, Washington.
- CBN's Faith NationPolitical Analysis Team
of David Brody, JennaBrowder, Paul Strand,
and Jennifer Wishon take alook at Kavanaugh's chances
for confirmation and whythe president chose him.
- This was the blue chip pick.
If on the stock market, this is the stock
that's pretty solid, no surprises.
It is gonna be really,really hard to stop him.
He's the guy with theimpeccable credentials.
Last time I checked, therewas a guy named Neil Gorsuch
who had impeccable credentials.
And it seems like this is exactly
what Donald Trump is trying to do.
I know some sources that Iwas talking to you, Jenna,
wanted to make sureTrump wanted to continue
the Gorsuch model which is to have a guy
that pretty much, orhave a person, excuse me,
pretty much could just sail through.
I'm not suggesting he'sgonna sail through,
just because we live in a day and age
where no one sails through.
But, this is the guy.
He's got the resume andhe's the most qualified
and President Trump decided that was it.
- And another sourcesaying that he kind of,
in terms of conservative, liberal,
where he stands on that spectrum
this source was saying that he is actually
slightly a smidge, tothe right of Gorsuch.
- Yeah.- I was surprised to
hear that actually.
- Yeah, it will be interesting to see
where he eventually falls.
There's no doubt that thecourt is moving to the right
with a Brett Kavanaughpick, the question becomes
who becomes the new swing vote?
Which I think, we all agree,it's gonna be Justice Roberts.
But I want to get some more opinions here.
Paul Strand and Jennifer Wishon.
Paul, what do you think?
- Well, I think it's a good pick.
I think Donald Trump has gone beyond
maybe what would be his own prejudices
being a not all that friendlywith the Bush family.
And he seemed to have risen above that.
And I think that maybe someof the advice he was getting
that Brett Kavanaugh could be,
could almost sail through the Senate.
We know it's gonna be a battle,
but that he will get through.
It may have had an effect on him.
- It'll be interestingbecause of Judge Kavanaugh's
work with Ken Starr, independentcounsel with Bill Clinton.
I think we're gonna see, we're gonna hear
the word Muller a lot inhis confirmation hearing.
If something that Mullerdigs up, or decides,
or something out of that investigation,
reaches the Supreme Court,how would he handle that?
So I think that PresidentTrump had to have known that
when he picked him, and heseems to be okay with that.
- And an update on our reporting,
on the American Family Association
and Kavanaugh's nomination,the organization changed
it's original opposition to support
after hearing from membersand peers in favor of him.
Meanwhile, Brett Kavanaugh's nomination
to the U.S. Supreme Court is being met
with partisan reaction.
- While most conservatives are pulling
for President Trump's pick,
many liberals arevoicing their disapproval
and that includes some membersof the establishment media.
CBN's Jenna Browder reports on
what one watch group iscalling a media meltdown.
- [Protestors] Hey, hey, ho,ho, Kavanaugh has got to go.
- [Jenna] From the Supreme Court.
- No justice.
- [Protestors] No peace.
- No family
- [Protestors] No peace.
- [Jenna] To Trump Tower,protesters railed against
Brett Kavanaugh's nomination Monday night.
- We should do everythingwe can to fight back.
To speak out, to nevergive up, to never give in.
- [Jenna] And it wasn't just Democrats
and liberal activists.
The Media Research Center is calling bias
on some members of the mainstream media.
- You had Nina Totenberg on NPR
who's supposed to be a correspondent
for that publicly subsidized radio network
saying is she thought thatwhoever Trump picked was going
to lead to the end ofthe world as we know it.
That's hyperbole, that is way
outside the role of a correspondent.
- That's Kavanaugh on the record, saying
there should be no indictmentof a sitting president.
- [Jenna] And on MSNBC that night,
Rich Noyes says there wereno conservative guests.
- From eight o'clock until midnight,
the only guests that had a point of view
were liberal activist groups,
Democratic elected politicians,
opponents of Brett Kavanaugh.
- [Jenna] Protests at theSupreme Court were so disruptive,
one Fox News anchor decidednot to do her show there.
- We did have a plan to doour show out there live,
it got so volatile at points,
that we ultimately didn'tfeel like it would be safe
to do an hour of livetelevision out there.
- [Jenna] Noyes says ithasn't always been like this.
- We went back and lookat how they covered
the nominations of liberal court nominees,
such as Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.
You didn't have this tremendous labeling
of them as liberal or left wing.
- Of course people areconcerned about what this means
for a woman's right tochoose about Roe v. Wade.
- [Jenna] And he doesn'tsee it getting better
any time soon.
- It's a meltdown that they haven't had
since the last meltdown andthey're gonna have another
meltdown in the coming days.
I mean, they had a meltdownjust two or three weeks ago
over immigration, now they'rein meltdown over this.
- [Jenna] In Washington,Jenna Browder, CBN News.
- [Charlene] Coming up, one attorney with
the conservative legal group says
he's had a major case before Kavanaugh.
Hear what he has to say on how the nominee
could potentially rule oncases of fate and freedom.
- Some conservativesare concerned about some
of the rulings by Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
And here to talk aboutpast cases of interest
is Brad Dacus with thePacific Justice Institute.
Brad, thank you for joining us.
- Well, it's a pleasure tobe the program, thank you.
- Your organization had a victory
in a case before Kavanaugh,tell us about that.
- Yes, it was a very important victory.
We at Pacific Justicewere defending a pastor,
Rick Warren of SaddlebackChurch, when he was offered
to give a prayer at thePresidential Inauguration
of President Obama andthis is a great honor.
He's planning on doing the prayer,
he's gonna pray in Jesus name.
Well, a lawsuit was filed by an atheist,
and we at Pacific Justicewere brought in to defend him,
we won at the lower courtlevel, the prayer went on.
It then went on appealto the DC Circuit Court,
and it was heard by a three judge panel
including Judge Kavanaugh.
Now, the majority opinionwas that the gentleman
who brought the lawsuitdidn't have standing.
But Judge Kavanaugh went out of his way
in a concurring opinionto state very clearly
that even if he did havestanding, this is still protected.
The Constitution's First Amendment
Establishment Clause does not in any way
prohibit public prayers atpublic events such as this one.
And that was a very bold move
on his part to make it very clear
that the First Amendmentis full, and it's strong,
and it's to be respected by the courts.
We had another decision, itwasn't actually our case,
but it was another case that came down
where he was in the minority opinion,
but he was ruling in favorof the constitutionality
of being able to support,actually he didn't rule in favor,
he wrote up a friend of the court brief
as a private attorney in support
of having prayer at graduation ceremonies.
And that was also a very significant sign
as far as we're concerned,of where he's headed,
in respecting public displaysof religious expression
in accordance with the First Amendment.
So, those are really two wonderful hints
from a religious freedomand establishment clause
perspective of what we canexpect from him in the future.
- But you say he's had a mixedrecord on pro-life issues.
What about that?
- Yeah, well, a number of years ago,
back in 2006, he made a public statement
that he would not reverse Roe versus Wade.
Was this a resolution?
Was it something thatwas just said flippantly?
We don't know.
And he also ruled againsta pro-life demonstrator
in front of the White House.
Now, there may be otherreasons why he ruled
that way, perhaps forlaw, order, et cetera.
But on the positive side,he did rule at a case
implying Obamacare's mandate to require
businesses and organizationto provide abortive patients.
He ruled against that.
And he said that no,the free exercise rights
of individuals and businessesand entities trumps
any mandate by Obamacare when it comes
to providing for abortive patients.
He also recently ruled in the minority
against a decision by the circuit court
to allow an illegal immigrant, teenager,
who is under the guardianship and custody
of the government to have an abortion.
He said no, this is nota right, an entitlement,
much less the discretion and authority
of the federal government when it comes to
these issues such as abortion.
So I think that that'sa very positive sign.
I think at the end of the day,
whether or not he overturnsRoe versus Wade or not,
I believe he will givegreat deference to states
who want to adopt laws and measures
that help protect the unbornand make abortions less common.
So, that's the very least Ithink we can probably expect.
But an outright reversalof Roe versus Wade,
that is something we'll justhave to see if it happens.
- What do you think are thebiggest unanswered questions
about Kavanaugh when itcomes the issues Christians
and conservatives are most concerned about
like faith, family, and freedom?
- You know, there's a big question mark
with regards to how he's going to weigh
LGBTQ rights versus religious freedom.
How would he vote on in theMasterpiece case, for example,
dealing with a Christian baker not wanting
to compromise his faith and provide
a custom-made weddingcake for a gay wedding?
We don't know that.
Now, we can speculatebased upon his philosophy
of original intent andproper jurisprudence
in that regard that hewould rule and state no,
free exercise rights, they areclearly in the constitution,
those trump any interests or privileges
or rights created statutorily.
But we just don't know that for sure.
So that's gonna be a little bit of gamble.
We do know that by his track record,
he has a solid foundation of federalism,
separation of powers, ofrespect with the Constitution
with regards to original intent.
Those are wonderful pillars fora foundation moving forward.
But there is still,nonetheless, some uncertainty
that we're just going to have to deal with
and hope and pray that he will apply
those principles properly to those issues.
- All right, Brad Dacus withthe Pacific Justice Institute.
Thank you for your time, sir.
- Thank you.
- As we mentioned, one of the outcries
by opponents of Kavanaughis where he stands
on the landmark Roe v. Wade decision
that legalized abortion in 1973.
CBN's Jennifer Wishon takes a closer look
at what would make the courtreconsider and overturn Roe.
- If the Supreme Courtoverturns Roe v. Wade
then legal control overabortion is returned
to the states setting upa new patchwork of laws.
In four states, North andSouth Dakota, Mississippi,
and Louisiana abortion wouldbe automatically banned.
Nine additional stateswhich had abortion bans
before Roe would likely become law again.
And in eight states,abortion would remain legal.
If this control returns to the states,
it would coincide with a growing number
of Americans identifying as pro-life.
Plus, Republicanscurrently hold more seats
in state legislatures across the country.
So, if the last decade is any indication,
new pro-life laws could be on the way.
- We've seen an average of nearly
60 pro-life laws passed every single year
and signed into law since 2011.
- [Jennifer] A number of those state laws
already face courtchallenges which would likely
become the mechanism that puts abortion
back on the Supreme Court docket.
- When a case comes up based on one
of these state level laws,then the court would be able
to re-examine the issueof abortion in America
and would be able to say, infact, there is no such right.
In fact, Roe was poorly reasoned.
- [Jennifer] CatherineGlenn Foster says due to
that reasoning, she feelsconfident Roe will be overturned.
It's just a matter of when.
- We expect that thenext justice will rely
upon the Constitution,it's original meaning,
the original intent of the founders,
the text of the document itself
when making these very weighty decisions,
- So, even if Roe v. Wade is overturned,
the legal fight overabortion will continue.
At the Supreme Court,Jennifer Wishon, CBN News.
- [Mark] Still ahead, weswitch gears and take a look
at how one popular Christianmusician is making a difference
in the lives of childrenin need of a home.
- There are at least 400,000 children
in foster care in the United States.
Grammy award-winning artistChris Tomlin is working
to bring down that number.
- Yeah, he's teamed up with his pastor
and the group America's KidsBelong to make it happen.
CBN's Efrem Graham tellsus how they're doing it.
♪ I'm dressed in your royalty ♪
♪ Your Holy Spirit lives in me ♪
- [Efrem] This is new music
from worship singer Chris Tomlin.
♪ I see my past has been redeemed ♪
- [Efrem] Who is calling on the church
to help solve a major national issue.
- Something that God has put on my heart.
I have not been able to shakeit in the last couple years,
the idea of foster careand adoption in our nation
and in our own backyard.
There's so many incredible organizations
that do amazing things, and overseas,
and do incredible work and I support,
I think, almost everyone of them in some way.
But when I found out aboutAmerica's Kids Belong
and how they're doing it,they're doing the work
in our own cities inAmerica, in our own states.
I was really moved'cause I don't hear a lot
of people talking about what's going on
with the kids in our own nation.
- [Efrem] America's KidsBelong joined Tomlin
on his most recent tour,Worship Night in America,
and inspired churches around the country
to work to end the crisis.
- If This fire ignites across the nation,
this will be a solvableissue in our country
really quickly just by the church doing
what the church is supposed to be doing.
- Tell me about the organization.
- America's Kids Belong is a non-profit
that unites government business, creative,
and faith leaders to end the foster care
and adoption crisis in the United States.
I think a lot of people think that
the foster care crisis is unsolvable,
if they even know about it,they think it's unsolvable.
And we're just blowing these stats
out of the water and it's so much fun.
I love the picture ofunity on stage translating
into the unity in thecommunity for these kids.
- I wanted to use whateverinfluence God's given me
at this moment to speak forthose who are really vulnerable.
I believe every kid deservesa loving family and a chance.
And having two kids of my own,
having two little girls of my own,
I see kids without thatand it just tears me apart.
So I'm like, how can I help?
And America's Kids Belongis doing amazing work
and I found out about them through Darren.
And so this three, it works.
- [Efrem] Darren Whiteheadis Chris Tomlin's pastor
from his home church in Tennessee
who also co-authored abook with Chris Tomlin
on the biblical meaning of worship.
- This all originated, Chrisand his wife Lauren are a part
of that church and he's traveling a lot
and on one of the Sundayshe just happened to be home,
and I didn't know he wasgonna be there that day,
I was preaching on thetopic of praise and worship.
And little did I know,Chris was eye-rolling
in the congregation.
- Yes, can I just interject?
Can I interject becausethat's gonna sound bad.
I'm never home much on Sundays.
But we're there and I'm fired up
and then he walks upand says I got a message
for everybody today, it'son worship and praise.
I'm like are you kidding me?
The two Sundays I'm home.
He's talking about whatI talk about every night.
I wanted to hear something different.
That's what I thought.
Little did I know thatGod had a massive reason
for, I feel like, me being there that day,
how it touched me.
I share this every night,but as Darren began to share
this message on why we praise God
and why we're doing what we're doing,
I kept thinking how have Inever heard this message?
I've spent my whole life leading worship,
writing songs, traveling the world,
you would think I would know everything
that the Bible maybe says about worship.
And I was like, wow, thiswas like moving in me.
I was embarrassed 'cause I'mlike how do I not know this?
I'm supposed to be a worshipleader and I don't know this.
And at the same time I waslike this is game-changing.
- The essence of it isthere are seven Hebrew words
in the Psalms that are all translated
into the English word praise.
So, whenever we read thephrase praise the Lord,
underneath the word praise areseven different Hebrew words.
And they all mean somethingslightly different.
They're all a different perspective.
They're a different angle.
They reveal a little more about practices
of worshiping God from the ancient world.
It's called Holy Roarand it explains the seven
different words and thenChris actually shares stories
behind some of hissongs and it's the story
about how they all came about.
- Wow, what God can do whenwe answer His call, amen.
- Indeed, yeah, well, stay with us
as we call on God next here on Showcase.
- Won't you pray with us today?
Dear Lord, we thank You forwho You are, Almighty God.
And there is no one like You.
We praise You for Yoursovereignty over all things.
We pray over the Supreme Court nomination
by President Trump of Brett Kavanaugh.
We pray Your will be doneover the confirmation process.
We pray that our leaders,Lord, would put politics aside
and do what is best for our nation
and in Your will toconfirm Kavanaugh based
on his qualifications andability to rule according
to the Constitution andthe laws of our land.
We pray for Your peace,love, and unity to rule
in our nation and for all thehate and animosity to end.
- We also pray for allthe children in America
and around the world who need a home
and ask that adoption programs
like America's KidsBelong would be successful
for the sake of these children.
And we pray that Youwould move on the hearts
of Your people to endthe crisis of children
in foster care without a forever home.
We know You love children.
We pray that You would giveus Your heart for them.
And as always, we pray forrevival to come in America
and around the world, all to Your glory
among the nations, inJesus' name we pray, amen.
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