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Christian leaders across America are paying tribute to the Honorable United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who was found dead Saturday at the age of 79 at a West Texas resort after serving the high court as a champion of life and Christian constitutional principles for nearly three decades.
Scalia was appointed in 1986 by President Ronald Reagan and has been a vocal advocate of the U.S. Constitution to protect religious liberty and other rights promoted in the Bible, such as the sanctity of human life.
“You want a right to abortion? There’s nothing in the Constitution about that,” Scalia stated in an earlier interview with a California attorney. “But that doesn’t mean you cannot prohibit it.”
One of America’s leading voices against abortion, National Right to Life President Carol Tobias, stressed Scalia’s importance to the pro-life movement.
“We are deeply saddened by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia,” the pro-life leader expressed. “Justice Scalia steadfastly defended the right of elected lawmakers to enact laws that protect unborn children and their mothers and he often issued powerful critiques of the judicially manufactured barriers that limited such legislative efforts. Our thoughts and prayers are with Justice Scalia’s widow and family.”
Campaign for Working Families Founder Gary Bauer, who also founded the Family Research Council, pointed out the serious consequences that losing such a bastion of biblical values could have on America.
“Scalia was a stalwart conservative who consistently looked at the actual words of the Constitution and the intent of the Founders in every decision he made,” Bauer released in a statement. “His passing is not only tragic for his family and those who personally knew and loved him, it has grave, obvious implications for the future of the Republic. With his passing there are now four committed liberals on the Supreme Court, three conservative justices and Justice Kennedy. President Obama will undoubtedly attempt to solidify his legacy by appointing a fifth left-wing justice, which means that a new conservative president would face a hostile court ready to strike down initiatives on issues ranging from immigration to the sanctity of life. For now we grieve the passing of this great man. On Tuesday I will report to you in detail why the Republican Senate must refuse to confirm any new justice on the eve of the presidential election that will decide the future of our country. Please join Carol and me in prayer for Justice Scalia's family and our future.”
Also emphasizing Scalia’s devout commitment to champion the Christian values taught in the Bible was Priests for Life National Director Frank Pavone.
“I am saddened today to learn of the passing of a great man, a great American, and a great Justice of the Court,” Pavone expressed. “Justice Scalia had a profound understanding of how our government — and in particular the Supreme Court — is supposed to work. He did not want the Court to create public policy– whether it was policy he agreed with or not. He urged people to use the political and legislative process to bring about change. In the days to come, let us pray for him, for his family, and for the Court and the nation he served so well. In his memory, let us strive to attain his understanding of this great Republic and to work tirelessly to preserve and expand the blessings it can be for the world.”