The position of Leondra Kruger, a potential Biden Supreme Court nominee, on religious liberty astounded the justices
President Biden has recently been in talks again because of his claim. Joe Biden announced that he would nominate a Black woman, as Biden promised during his campaigns.
To succeed the retiring Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, he is bringing out the role mentors have played in the careers of at least two possible candidates—and a reminder of the importance of mentors in the business world. The two expected candidates are Leondra Kruger and Ketanji Brown Jackson.
Both of these candidates are well-known in their fields. A little profile about Kruger is that she has called her clerkship for the late Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens during the 2003 period. She considers it one of the most significant learning experiences she had. Kruger’s conduct and tactics regarding deciding law matters imitated her former boss’s in many ways. Kentaji, on the other hand, is known to be born in Washington. She was raised in Miami, Florida; Jackson showed potential from her teenage years, like when she became president of her high school’s student body and joined a competitive speech and debate team.
One of these candidates of Biden Supreme is much appreciated by the Court. Kruger has astounded everyone with her strong views on religious liberty. Kruger, a justice on California’s highest Court, disputed on behalf of the Obama administration in Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC. It concerned whether religious organizations had to enact anti-discrimination laws when choosing religious leaders. She was strict and composed enough to prove and sound her point against the doctrine that has been in practice for decades now. The ‘ministerial exception’ doctrine prevents the government from meddling in any religious organization’s affairs. The extent goes even when the organizations are picking their leaders.
Carrie Severino, the president of the Judicial Crisis Network, proclaimed on Monday, “The position that Kruger staked out as a litigant in Hosanna-Tabor against the ministerial exception — one that even Justice Kagan described as ‘amazing’ during oral argument — suggests that she could be hostile to religious liberty if she were appointed.”
One can say that this ministerial omission does provide the necessary protection to religious groups. This non-indulgence from the government also encourages such groups to make their employment decisions on behalf of others formulated and according to their beliefs and are applicable even in the cases of marriage and human sexuality. The justice’s ruling has mainly acknowledged that “it is impermissible for the government to contradict a church’s determination of who can act as its ministers.”
On the other hand, Chief Justice John Roberts had addressed the mentioned statement issued by the Obama administration’s argument even with the text stated under the First Amendment of the American Constitution. Under this, the document clearly stated that religious organizations have special rights. He also questioned Kruger while having their court dispute by saying, “We cannot accept the remarkable view that the Religion Clauses have nothing to say about a religious organization’s freedom to select its ministers.”
Kruger boldly declared that her team thinks that ministerial exception also includes the right of association and even the stated rights under the religion clauses. She further said, “The contours — but the inquiry that the Court has set out as to expressive associations we think translates quite well to analyzing the claim that Petitioner has made here. And for this reason, we don’t think that the job duties of a particular religious employee in an organization are relevant to the inquiry….”
After the Court heard her point, the people were surprised, in a good way, as to how good Kruger’s approach and views are and progressive advancement of the speech, made many come to support Kruger and agree with her. She has very firmly put forward her opinions and the bold facts that she believed in, and everyone in that room thought that America needs someone in the Supreme Court who knows how to state their minds for the right things.
Kruger has undeniably left a tough mark to rub out in the near times. The Court had also agreed that Biden Supreme had chosen a fitting candidate for the upcoming position, which will help better America!