Alabama Judge: Pray for Supreme Court; It Will Decide Fate of Religious Liberty

By Lauretta Brown | May 5, 2016 | 3:06pm EDT
U.S. Supreme Court (AP Photo)

( – Alabama Supreme Court Associate Justice Glenn Murdock told those gathered in Washington, D.C., in observance of the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, “Never, I submit, has there been a time as important as today to pray for our appellate court and especially our Supreme Court.”

He called the Supreme Court “a group of men and women who in the months and years to come are going to be asked to decide more than likely the fate of the Second Amendment, the extent of unilateral presidential authority, and the fate of that which has defined us more than anything else for 240 years as America - religious liberty.”

Murdock traced the high court’s history, observing that initially “Alexander Hamilton tried to assure the people of New York and elsewhere that the federal judiciary would be the least powerful branch of government.”

“In 1973, as the Democratic processes were working their way and working their business throughout the legislatures of this country, the United States Supreme Court intervened on the issue of life and abortion and said, we will decide,” Murdock said, referencing the court’s Roe v. Wade decision.

He also touched on the court’s Obergefell v. Hodges ruling, adding, “Ten months ago, the United States Supreme Court undertook to redefine the institution of marriage upon which every civilization for 6,000 years has been based, prompting Chief Justice Roberts to remark ‘just who do we think we are?’”

Murdock emphasized that from this point forward the Supreme Court will “decide the fate of businessmen and women.

“They will decide the fate of colleges. They will decide the fate of public officials and their right to adhere to their sincerely held religious beliefs,” he said.

“They will decide disputes over gender identity spawned by Obergefell itself, and they, ladies and gentlemen, very well may decide the right of the church to adhere to its religious beliefs,” Murdock concluded.

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