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Letter: Supreme Court nominee put religion before Constitution

Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee,

Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, will begin his confirmation hearings in March. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Mark Wilson

I very much hope Sen. Chuck Schumer will support a filibuster of the appointment of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch [“Meltdown in the Senate,” Opinion, Feb. 5]. That would be more than payback for the refusal of Senate Republicans to even hold hearings for Merrick Garland’s appointment.

Gorsuch showed a willingness to put his religious beliefs above his fidelity to the Constitution in the Hobby Lobby case. He supported that company’s refusal to provide payment for birth control in its health insurance plan. He also supported the right of a city to display a monument containing the Ten Commandments in a public park.

I support the First Amendment’s protection of religious freedom, but I don’t support Gorsuch pushing his religion on the public.

If Democrats filibuster and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell removes filibustering from the Senate rules, so be it.

It may be time for Democrats to push hard to regain control of the Senate in 2018.

Gerald O’Connor Baldwin

 

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