In an era where radical leftism has bared its fangs and gone for the jugular of American conservatism, paying close attention to nominees and appointments to the judiciary has never been more crucial.
According to an action alert from the American Family Association (AFA), a nominee for the notoriously liberal Ninth Circuit Court may be a bad pick for Conservatives.
With the recent deaths and retirements of several of the circuit’s “liberal lion” judges, President Trump has three seats that he could pack with conservative nominees in order to slowly push the district toward the center.
Patrick J. Bumatay, President Trump’s pick for the circuit’s Court of Appeals which serves the states on the West Coast, , may have seemed like a promising appointee at first blush. After all, Bumatay is widely considered a conservative.
Several leftist organizations, including the Alliance For Justice, complain of Bumatay’s extensive experience “advancing the cause of the Republican Party,” noting his membership in the Federalist Society, his history of serving within the party, and his work in the confirmation of Supreme Court justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.
California Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris also vocally oppose Bumatay’s nomination to the court, claiming that Trump is attempting to “remake the ideological composition” of the court with conservative nominees. To be denounced by these two is surely a good sign for a conservative, right?
As AFA points out, Bumatay may be a devout Republican, but he is also an openly gay man who holds several memberships in subversive pro-LGBT groups whose shared mission is to expand “LGBT rights” in the nation:
Several red flags have surfaced about Bumatay’s past and current membership in radical activist groups including Tom Homann LGBT Law Association (THLA), DOJ Pride, and Log Cabin Republicans.
These radical groups fight to pass anti-religious liberty laws and work to place activist judges on the bench. Their goal is to force Christians to abandon their religious faith and surrender to the homosexual agenda.
Patrick J. Bumatay has been a member of the Tom Homann LGBT Law Association (THLA) since 2017. The purpose of this activist group is to “expand the legal rights of LGBT [homosexual] people,” and the Association’s bylaws state that its membership “shall consist of all individuals who support the purposes of the [LGBT] Corporation.”
Bumatay’s current membership in this group clearly indicates he is expected to support the radical agenda of the Tom Homann LGBT Law Association [THLA].
AFA adds that THLA holds unsurprising pro-LGBT stances, including opposition to the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s marriage amendment (Proposition 8) as well as the Supreme Court’s landmark decision to legalize gay marriage in Obergefell v. Hodges.
Since Bumatay became a THLA member two years ago, the group has also issued a statement opposing the Supreme Court’s Masterpiece Cakeshop decision, wishing instead that the Court had decided to force Jack Phillips to disregard his personal convictions and bake cakes for homosexual “weddings.”
President Trump may have the right idea in attempting to pack the Ninth Circuit with conservative judges, but he must not sacrifice religious liberty for fiscal conservatism.
In a letter to the Senate opposing Bumatay’s nomination, the AFA and dozens of other conservative groups wrote:
Donald J. Trump, when campaigning for president, said, “I am looking to appoint judges very much in the mold of Justice Scalia.” Nothing in Patrick Bumatay’s written record demonstrates that he is a strict constitutionalist in the mold of Scalia. His past and present professional and legal associations are cause for great concern. This is why we oppose the nomination of Patrick Bumatay to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.
While the head of our executive branch is endowed with certain powers and jurisdictions, it is in the judicial and legislative branches of government that everyday battles for liberty and morality are won and lost.
Federal judges have incredible power to set precedents nationwide through case law, allowing one judge’s verdict to influence future cases for generations to come. Congress, though slow and often gridlocked, has the power to create laws that affect us in our daily lives, and often we allow them to do so without our input.
As we approach yet another major election year, let’s not forget the offices that, if allowed to slip into leftist hands, could save or condemn American liberty.
Use your voice in government and urge your Senators to oppose Bumatay’s nomination.
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