Christian leaders remained bitterly divided over the sex assault accusations surrounding Judge Brett Kavanaugh, as President Donald Trump ordered a weeklong FBI investigation on Saturday.
“I’ve ordered the FBI to conduct a supplemental investigation to update Judge Kavanaugh’s file,” Trump said in a statement on Saturday. “As the Senate has requested, this update must be limited in scope and completed in less than one week.”
The Senate Judiciary Committee heard on Thursday both from California professor Christine Blasey Ford, who accuses Kavanaugh of attempting to rape her at a house gathering back in 1982, as well as from the Supreme Court nominee, who insisted on his innocence.
Trump’s order of an FBI investigation came after Arizona Senator Jeff Flake voted along party lines on Friday to advance Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Senate floor, but only if a weeklong investigation was promised.
With both Ford and Kavanaugh delivering emotional testimonies, each vowing with 100 percent certainty that they are telling the truth, Christians, and much of the rest of America, have been divided as to who and what to believe.
Here are five reactions from prominent Christian leaders and organizations.
1. Robert Jeffress
Robert Jeffress, pastor of the First Baptist megachurch in Dallas, Texas, said that he has never seen conservative Christians “as angry as they are right now over this debacle.”
“Look, they realize now, conservative Christians, that the left is willing to do whatever it takes to cram their liberal agenda down the throats of Americans including destroying the foundation of our legal system, the presumption of innocence. And make no mistake about it, the reason the left hates Kavanaugh is not because of his judicial philosophy,” Jeffress said in an appearance on Fox News on Sunday.
“It’s not because of what he may or may not have done to Dr. Ford. The Democrats don’t care one thing about Dr. Ford. They are afraid that if he is confirmed as a Supreme Court justice, he may chip away at Roe v. Wade and diminish the number of babies being murdered every year in the womb through abortion. Conservative Christians see this,” the Texas preacher added.
“They know this is not a battle between Republicans and Democrats, it’s a battle between good and evil, between the kingdom of light and the kingdom of darkness, and that’s why they’re going to turn out in the 2018 midterms.”
2. America magazine
America magazine, published by the U.S. Jesuits, said in an editorial following Thursday’s hearings that it is time for the Kavanaugh nomination to be withdrawn.
“Evaluating the credibility of these competing accounts is a question about which people of good will can and do disagree. The editors of this review have no special insight into who is telling the truth. If Dr. Blasey’s allegation is true, the assault and Judge Kavanaugh’s denial of it mean that he should not be seated on the U.S. Supreme Court,” the magazine’s editors wrote.
“But even if the credibility of the allegation has not been established beyond a reasonable doubt and even if further investigation is warranted to determine its validity or clear Judge Kavanaugh’s name, we recognize that this nomination is no longer in the best interests of the country,” they argued.
“While we previously endorsed the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh on the basis of his legal credentials and his reputation as a committed textualist, it is now clear that the nomination should be withdrawn.”
The America editors clarified that “far more stringent standards of proof” would be needed if Kavanaugh’s legal or moral responsibility in the alleged assault was being questioned.
They said that the nomination, however, has become not just a fight over policy issues, but also a “referendum on how to address allegations of sexual assault.”
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Source: Christian Post