(CNS News) -- In his opening statement about Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson before the Senate Judiciary Committee today, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) indirectly alluded to her long history of left-wing judicial advocacy by raising questions about abortion, gun rights, religious liberty and free speech.
The point of the hearings, he said, is to determine whether Jackson will follow the law -- will she protect freedom or restrict it?
"All of those questions are fair game," said Cruz. "Will you follow the law? What does your record indicate? Will you protect the rights of every American citizen regardless of race, regardless of party, regardless of view? That’s what the focus of this hearing should be."
According to the conservative website The Federalist, "As a result of her work, Jackson has earned the favor of several pro-abortion, pro-LGBT, anti-religious liberty activist groups including The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, which is composed of problematic organizations including the radical Southern Poverty Law Center, the increasingly anti-free-speech American Civil Liberties Union, and Planned Parenthood."
A transcript of part of Cruz's remarks is published below.
Sen. Cruz: “… I agree with Chairman [Dick] Durbin. Chairman Durbin quoted [former Senator] Paul Simon and he said, history will judge ‘did she restrict freedom or did she expand it’? I agree with that. The reason the American people care about the Supreme Court is that it is integral to protecting or taking away our constitutional rights.
“When it comes to free speech, this committee should enquire will you protect the rights of Americans to speak, to say unpopular ideas, to say ideas that the government doesn’t want you to say but you, nonetheless, have a right to say. Will you protect freedom or restrict it?
“When it comes to religious liberty, will a justice vote to protect your right to live according to your faith and according to your conscience? Or will a justice vote to crush religious liberty and strip those rights away?
“The Second Amendment. Will a justice vote to defend your Second Amendment rights to keep and bear arms, to defend your family, to defend your children? Or will a justice roll over to the Democrats that want to disarm citizens?
“The right to life. Will a justice protect the rights of the people, the right of state legislatures to enact laws protecting innocent life, protecting unborn life, stopping abominations like partial-birth abortion? Or will a justice view her job as a super-legislator, striking down all such rights?
“School choice. Will a justice protect the rights of kids to get a quality education? Or will a justice legislate from the bench and shut down school choice programs across this country?
“Crime. We are seeing murder rates, carjacking rates, skyrocketing across the country, in significant part because of Soros-backed district attorneys, Democratic efforts to abolish the police. And part of the effort to abolish the police is nominating justices who consistently side with violent criminals, release violent criminals, refuse to enforce the law, and that results in jeopardizing innocent citizens.
“So all of those questions are fair game. Will you follow the law? What does your record indicate? Will you protect the rights of every American citizen regardless of race, regardless of party, regardless of view? That’s what the focus of this hearing should be."