Christian groups and leaders paid tributes to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who died at age 79 Saturday, as a defender of the Founding Fathers’ vision and a believer in Jesus. President Obama says he will nominate a successor, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants him to wait until after the election.
Scalia, a Reagan appointee credited with strengthening conservative jurisprudence and stressing the Constitution’s original meaning, was found dead at a luxury resort in West Texas. He was a guest at the Cibolo Creek Ranch.
“It happened on a ranch out near Marfa. As far as the details, I think it’s pretty vague right now as to how. My reaction is it’s very unfortunate. It’s unfortunate with any death, and politically in the presidential cycle we’re in, my educated guess is nothing will happen before the next president is elected,” U.S. District Judge Fred Biery said, according to mysanantonio.com.
Justice Scalia apparently died of natural causes.
“Justice Antonin Scalia stood as a champion of life, religious liberty and limited government,” the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, said in a statement. “The son of Italian immigrants, his life journey speaks to the power embedded when one reconciles faith with education. His presence on the court represented a firewall against judicial activism. His life should serve as both a reminder and a clarion call for us to be both vigilant and committed in defending our God-given rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family, called the judge’s death “a blow to all Americans who believe in the rule of law and his adherence to an originalist’s view of the Constitution.”
The court’s longest serving member was “one of the greatest jurists of our age,” Daly said. “He was a terrific thinker with a fluid pen. Most importantly, he was a devout believer in Jesus Christ. Many of the nation’s most impressive attorneys stood before him. Now, the justice stands before the ultimate Judge of the world,” he continued, adding that he “attempted to save our Constitution. Now, his faith in his Lord and Savior has saved him.”
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SOURCE: The Christian Post