Oct 10, 2018
Brett Kavanaugh Sworn In As SCOTUS Justice, Vows To "Heed Matthew 25"
After his "contentious and emotional" confirmation hearing, Justice Brett Kavanaugh took the judicial oath in the White House Monday surrounded by his family and President Donald Trump. In a speech following the ceremony, attended by many leaders in the Christian community, Kavanaugh vowed to "heed the message of Matthew 25."
Outgoing Justice Kennedy administered the oath to Kavanaugh to become the 114th Supreme Court justice of the United States in the massively-attended ceremony. His ceremonial swearing-in made history as the first instance of a retiring Supreme Court justice administering the oath to someone who once worked for him to fill the seat he was vacating.
Kavanaugh, who served as a clerk for Kennedy in 1993, was officially sworn-in at a private ceremony at the Supreme Court immediately following his Senate confirmation Saturday.
In a speech following his taking of the oath Monday, Kavanaugh thanked those who guided his nomination through the trial-like hearings: "That process is over. My focus now is to be the best justice I can be. I take this office with gratitude and no bitterness. On the Supreme Court I will seek to be a force for stability and unity. My goal is to be a great justice for all Americans and for all of America. I will work very hard to achieve that goal."
"Although the Senate confirmation process tested me, as it has tested others, it did not change me," Kavanaugh continued. "My approach to judging remains the same. A good judge must be an umpire, a neutral and impartial decider who favors no litigant or policy."
Kavanaugh also vowed to "heed the message of Matthew 25," and to "continue to volunteer to serve the least fortunate among us. I will continue to coach, teach, and tutor. I will continue to strive to be a good friend, colleague, husband, and dad."
Matthew 25:35 is Jesus speaking: "For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me."
"As a justice on the Supreme Court I will always strive to preserve the Constitution of the United States, and the American rule of law," he concluded.
Several evangelical leaders attended the ceremony, including members of President Trump's evangelical advisory board: Paula White, First Baptist of Dallas pastor Robert Jeffress, evangelist Franklin Graham, and Prestonwood Baptist Church pastor Jack Graham. James Dobson, Focus On The Family founder and Family Research Council president Tony Perkins were also present.